MSVU student wins prestigious PR scholarship

Margaret MacDonald is this year's winner of the Ruth Hammond Scholarship

With a scholarship under her belt, Margaret MacDonald plans to keep pursuing public relations as a career. (Photo: Andrew T. Miller)

With a scholarship under her belt, Margaret MacDonald plans to keep pursuing public relations as a career. (Photo: Andrew T. Miller)

A fourth year student at Mount Saint Vincent University has won a prestigious scholarship for her studies and work in the field of public relations.

Margaret MacDonald, a 22-year-old from Antigonish, received the Ruth Hammond Scholarship for her high academic standing and internship work. 

"I was excited because it's nice to be recognized for working hard," MacDonald said. 

MacDonald said she was a bit surprised when she heard she won the award because she hadn't even realized she was nominated for it. 

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Interview With Margaret MacDonald
Interview With Margaret MacDonald

According to the MSVU, the award is named after Ruth Hammond who was one of the first women to join the Canadian Public Relations Society in the 1950s. She has been a leader in advancing gender equality in public relations.

"Margaret is an outstanding student who is committed to her studies and professional growth," said Amy Thurlow, the chair of the Communications Department at MSVU. "She is also engaged in many on-campus events and is an active volunteer in the community."

"I was delighted to hear that she won the scholarship," said Patti Parsons, a public relations professor who taught MacDonald. "She deserved it."

MacDonald is interested in the relationship between Information Technology and public relations, an interest she developed while working at a non-profit media agency and at the Department of National Defense.

She says she is grateful for the variety of work experience she has had. 

"You learn to work with all different types of people, which is extremely important for a communications practitioner."

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