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By Shakaria Buckson
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 First Howard Student to receive Ofield Dukes Scholarship


Stephanie Holloman
Stephanie Holloman

WASHINGTON (November 14, 2013) – Howard University public relations junior Stephanie Holloman recently became the first Howard student to win the Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students in a journalism or public relations program or enrolled in courses preparing for a career in public affairs.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Foundation, Prudential Financial and global public relations firm Weber Shandwick created the Ofield Dukes Scholarship in honor of Dukes, a prominent, civil rights-era public relations executive who served as a Howard professor for more than 25 years.

Holloman, a native of Philadelphia, maintains a 4.0 grade point average and plans to attend law school after graduating from Howard. She attended Methacton High School in Eagleville, Penn. She also volunteers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and For the Love of Children in Washington.

“I felt humbled and excited about winning the award,” Holloman said. “I am always looking for motivation to keep making progress in my professional career, and Howard has prepared me by teaching me the importance of diversity and advocating for minorities and women in the communications field.”

As a master public relations strategist, Dukes helped facilitate the launch of Howard University's School of Communications in 1971. He also led the development of its public relations curriculum and worked as an adjunct professor for 25 years. He served as a mentor to legions of African American and other students. Dukes was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and a member of its board for 14 years. He was a strong supporter of the CBCF internship program and a staunch advocate for young professionals of color.

The PRSA Foundation created the Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award for minority students who demonstrate the strong commitment to service and social responsibility that Dukes personified. For more information about the scholarship, visit here.

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