IABC/Toronto offers awards to students to help accelerate their communications careers and support the next generation of communications professionals.
IABC/Toronto’s Student of the Year Award (SOTY)
The deadline for IABC/Toronto Student of the Year Award submissions is in April of each year.
Do you possess creativity, strong writing skills and passion in both your academic and volunteer projects? If so, we invite you to enter IABC/Toronto’s Student of the Year Award. Each year, IABC/Toronto recognizes student members who exhibit leadership and excellence in communications.
The IABC/Toronto Student of the Year will be honoured at the prestigious OVATION Awards Gala in May 2017, where s/he will rub shoulders with many of the top PR and communication professionals in the GTA. The winner will receive:
- A complimentary registration to the OVATION Awards.
- A unique professional development package.
- A certificate recognizing him/her as the IABC/Toronto Student of the Year.
The winner will also be announced at the OVATION Awards, as well as on IABC/Toronto’s website and in a news release.
The Student of the Year Award is open only to IABC/Toronto Student Members. Not an IABC member yet? Become an IABC student member today. Please submit your IABC student application BEFORE entering the Student of the Year Award.
To enter IABC/Toronto’s Student of the Year Award, you must submit the following:
- A completed entry form.
- A news release of no more than two pages on how you plan to make an impact on the practice of public relations/communications in the future. The news release should highlight how you will use what you’ve learned in your communications career. Your news release should:
• Be submitted on 8.5″ x 11″ letterhead that you’ve created for the project,
• Use no smaller than 10 point font
• Have 1/2″ margins
- An up-to-date resumé outlining your paid and volunteer experience, including any IABC/Toronto volunteer experience.
All entries will be judged by a panel consisting of at least two members of the IABC/Toronto Board and/or Management Team. Entries will be judged on creativity, clarity, conciseness, total impact and, most importantly, on how well they meet the stated objectives.
IABC members can view past IABC/Toronto Student of the Year winning entries by downloading the OVATION Winning Entries Booklet.
Previous winners of the IABC/Toronto Student of the Year Award:
- 2016: Arlette Bax – Centennial College
- 2015: Jessica Chong – Centennial College
- 2014: Megan Henry – Centennial College
- 2013: Emily Getz – Seneca College
- 2012: Bethany Curtis (Cawker) – Conestoga College
- 2011: Regis Dudley – Humber College
- 2010: Matthew J. Dudman – Sheridan College
- 2009: Jess Bennett – Seneca College
- 2008: Maricel Dicion – Centennial College
- 2007: Scott MacDonald – Humber College
- 2006: Annette Robertson (Yuen) – Humber College
- 2005: Kathryn McMullan – Humber College
Kay Staib Memorial Scholarship
Remembering Kay Staib (1926-1992)
Kay Staib ABC, MC, IABC Fellow, was a force of nature behind IABC/Toronto; a founding member and one of the cornerstones for our achievement in becoming the great, strong and ever-growing organization we are today. Throughout her career, she mentored newcomers and chapter presidents’ alike and set standards of excellence for herself, the profession, and later in her life, her students.
Kay’s commitment to communications was from the heart. She served in a countless number of positions in IABC — locally, in Canada and for the International organization — as well as on the advisory boards of at least two community colleges; as an officer of the Toronto Press Club and the Canadian Association for the Mentally Retarded, and as sponsor and advisor for such other not-for-profit groups as Caravan, Toronto’s annual multicultural celebration in the ’70s and ’80s.
Her contributions to the field and to IABC – in Canada and internationally – earned her more than 80 local, national and international awards, including a Gold Quill. An early proponent of professional accreditation, she was one of the first Canadians to earn the designation.
In return, her efforts were recognized with the highest individual honours: She was twice named Chapter Communicator of the Year, then District Master Communicator, and in 1984, IABC Fellow.
Kay was never too busy to help when she was asked (and sometimes, as she often admitted, even when she was not asked). The word “no” simply was not in her vocabulary.
During her professional career, she initiated innovative and impactful employee communication programs at Eaton’s (where she also broke the gender barrier at the management level) and American Express Canada. Later, after forming her own consultancy, she joined the Humber College Public Relations program; sharing her experience and extending her dedication to excellence to the classroom. Her students were the fortunate recipients of her generous investment in the future of communications and of IABC: she devoted two to three days each week to them, hardly a “part-time” teaching commitment.
A legacy to us all, the standard for excellence that she embraced in every venture is now inherent in the award that IABC/Toronto has established in her memory shortly after her death in 1992; a bursary presented annually to leading students from the diploma corporate communications programs in the Toronto area.
Students submit their own nominations to their faculty advisors. Each school may award one Kay Staib Scholarship Award annually. Nominees must be in their final semester and in good standing in a full time public relations or corporate communications degree, diploma or certificate program at any of the participating schools:
- Centennial College
- Durham College
- Humber College
- Loyalist College
- Ryerson University
- Seneca College
- Sheridan College
- University of Guelph – Humber
- University of Toronto
There is one $500 cash award per school.
Nominations will be judged based on the following qualities and attributes as determined by each school:
- Academic excellence
- Spirit of scholarly inquiry and professional curiosity
- Leadership and initiative
- Active participation in extracurricular activities demonstrated through involvement in campus, faculty or community activities
- Professional contributions, demonstrated through involvement with the IABC
A committee of the college faculty advisors and two full-time instructors will select the winner from each school.
Please note that this scholarship award is on hold until further notice.