April 10, 2019


NYU School of Professional Studies MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication Student to Receive a Scholarship for Excellence in Communications

NEW YORK, April 10, 2019New York Women in Communications has awarded Sena Pottackal, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a graduate student in the NYU School of Professional Studies MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication, with a prestigious academic scholarship for 2019. Pottackal is among 14 scholarship recipients to be recognized for receiving this honor at the annual Matrix Awards—the communications industry event of the year, which will be held on May 6, 2019 at the Sheraton New York Times Square in New York City. The celebrated event will be hosted by Bloomberg Media Group. More than 1,000 professionals from the communications industry are expected to attend.

Each year, NYWICI awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors and college undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue or further their career in communications. The scholarships are bestowed upon students who achieve academic excellence in their area of study and who demonstrate a commitment to the field of communications. New York Women in Communications is committed to inclusion and diversity.

“Sena Pottackal is a shining example of the type of rising young professional whom we attract in the MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication program. We are incredibly proud of her for receiving this well-deserved honor. She is an inspiration to the faculty members and to her fellow students who are future leaders of this industry,” commented Michael Diamond, clinical assistant professor and academic director of Integrated Marketing and Communications, NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Programs in Business.

Pottackal will be recognized during the prestigious early-May event, which will be emceed by MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, and will feature Award honorees, who include: Padma Lakshmi, Kate Lewis, Jeanine Liburd, Susan Magrino, Norah O’Donnell, Kathy Ring, Lisa Sherman, and Sally Susman.

“New York Women in Communications is thrilled to recognize and celebrate our scholarship recipients for their academic achievements at this year’s Matrix Awards,” said Judith Harrison, president, New York Women in Communications and senior vice president, Diversity and Inclusion, Weber Shandwick. “These women represent the future of our industry and are all on their way to becoming ‘women who connect the world.’”

The New York Women in Communications Foundation is the largest foundation for communications scholarships for women in the country. Since 2000, NYWICI has issued more than $1.7 million in scholarship support. Scholarships are awarded annually based upon academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community-service activities, honors and other awards or recognition, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations.

NYWICI welcomes women at every stage of their careers. For more on NYWICI scholarships and memberships, please visit www.nywici.org   

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The NYU School of Professional Studies MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication prepares future leaders in communications for leadership roles in companies and organizations around the globe.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges—each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYUSPS arises from its place as the NYU home for industry-focused education and applied research that is related to key knowledge-based fields, in which the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs that span a broad range of disciplines including: Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film, and TV; Economic and Urban Development; English Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime; Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Management; Humanities; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages; Management and Systems; Marketing; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Business; and Translation.

More than 80 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates nearly 5,400 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by over 18,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Certificates, and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by nearly 25,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.

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