Two Media Management Students Selected for Scholarships

December 14, 2016

The Department of Media and Communication at St. John Fisher College selected Alexandra Hristodoulou ’17 as the inaugural recipient of the James E. Seward Scholarship. Olivia Rotondo ’17, was named the recipient of the Charles S. Smith Scholarship, given by the Rochester Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Alexandra Hristodoulou is the inaugural recipient of the James E. Seward Scholarship.

This fall, the Department of Media and Communication at St. John Fisher College selected Alexandra Hristodoulou ’17 as the inaugural recipient of the James E. Seward Scholarship. Carrying a $1,000 award, the scholarship honors Jim Seward and his 41 years of college teaching, 29 of which were spent at Fisher. The scholarship was established by former students, friends, and colleagues within the department on the occasion of his retirement in 2011.

The scholarship was open to a full-time junior or senior with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Applicants were asked to submit a cover letter, writing samples, and a portfolio of work.

At Fisher, Hristodoulou has been active member of the College’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the student-run ad agency, The PRIMA Group. She spent one winter break in London, England through a trip coordinated by Fisher’s Resident Scholar in Media Tom Proietti, gaining an international perspective on media and culture.

Hristodoulou translated her course work and student organization experience into a summer internship with Rochester-based media buying agency Butler/Till, and during the fall 2016 semester, was selected to participate in Dixon Schwabl’s internship program.

“We’re very honored to be able to offer the first of many Seward Scholarship awards to a very talented media management senior who is sure to be very successful in her professional career,” said Jeremy Sarachan, chair and associate professor in the Department of Media and Communication.

Upon graduation, Hristodoulou hopes to pursue a career in public relations or account management at an area advertising agency.

Olivia Rotondo was selected as the recipient of the PRSA Charles S. Smith Scholarship.

A second media management major, Olivia Rotondo ’17, was recently selected as the recipient of the Charles S. Smith Scholarship, given by the Rochester Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

The scholarship, given annually to one area college student pursuing a career in public relations, helps offset the cost of attending a PRSA-sponsored event, including national conferences, workshops, or seminars. Scholarship recipients receive $2,000 to support those opportunities.

Rotondo, who is co-president of the College’s chapter of PRSSA and the social media coordinator for The PRIMA Group, also serves as co-captain of the women’s tennis team. She spent four months in the spring 2016 semester as a public relations and marketing intern for Digital Rochester, and has spent the summer and fall semester as a corporate communications intern with Excellus BCBS. Rotondo also traveled to London over winter break, studying media and culture through the international experience. She served as a contributing writer for “The Odyssey,” a print and online publication which covers life on college campuses across the country as well as current affairs and cultural issues.

After graduation, Rotondo hopes to pursue a career in public relations, social media management, or videography.