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PR senior earns PRSA-Pittsburgh award

For the second year in a row, a WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism public relations student has won a competitive O’Gara Scholarship Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Senior Kelli Snedegar accepted the $2,000 award and a certificate at the PRSA-Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards Ceremony held at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel in Pittsburgh on Thursday, January 26.

The annual Renaissance Awards ceremony celebrates the “PRogress” of the past year in public relations, honoring area practitioners and organizations for excellence in public relations campaigns and tactics.

Snedegar, along with a student from Seton Hill, were awarded the scholarship based on a competitive application and nomination process. School of Journalism Assistant Professor Dr. Rita Colistra nominated Snedegar for the award and introduced her at the event.

“The fact that a student from WVU has won the award two years in a row attests to the quality of public relations students we have in our program,” said Colistra.

A full listing of all Renaissance Award winners and Awards of Merit recipients can be found on the PRSA Pittsburgh chapter website (