May 10, 2016

The Hispanic Public Relations Association’s New York Chapter has announced today the Julie E. Mendez/HPRA-NY Scholarship Program in honor of the organization’s Treasurer Julie E. Mendez who passed away suddenly on Monday, May 2, 2016.  

“Julie’s dedication to HPRA over the past several years has not only elevated the organization but also furthered the Hispanic communications industry as a whole,” said Melissa Carrion, president, HPRA-NY. “She was a trusted colleague, mentor and dear friend to many and will be dearly missed.”

Mendez lived in New York City and most recently worked at Tractenberg & Co. as Associate Vice President leading the multicultural division for the company. She began her career at Edelman after graduating from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University as magna cum laude with a B.A. in Public Relations and Spanish Language, Literature & Culture. Mendez is survived by her mother, sister, niece and fiancé.

The Julie E. Mendez/HPRA-NY Scholarship will be awarded yearly. In 2016, two tristate area students will be recognized with a $1,000 scholarship and an invitation to attend the national organization’s Bravo Awards this fall. The recipients will be announced prior to the 2016/2017 academic school year and also receive complimentary 2016/2017 student memberships to HPRA-NY.

The application deadline for the Julie E. Mendez/HPRA-NY Scholarship is Friday, June 10, 2016. In order to qualify, student applicants must be/maintain:

·A resident of the State of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut
·A New York, New Jersey or Connecticut student at a four-year accredited college or university (undergraduate sophomore or junior or accepted into a graduate program)
·Of Hispanic heritage
·A minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA and 3.0 GPA in designated major
·A public relations, communications, journalism, advertising and/or marketing major

For more information and to apply for the Julie E. Mendez/HPRA-NY Scholarship, please visit:

About the Hispanic Public Relations Association:

The Hispanic Public Relations Association’s (HPRA) mission is to help Hispanic professional communicators enter and advance within the public relations and marketing communications fields by: 1) creating an exchange of information and ideas that empower public relations practitioners to be experts in their fields; 2) promoting professional development through educational programs; 3) providing financial and internship assistance to students entering the field; and 4) advocating responsible coverage of issues and images affecting the Hispanic community. Established in 1984, The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) is the largest network of public relations, marketing and advertising professionals from agencies, government, nonprofit and corporate companies in the US. The New York Chapter was established in 2010. HPRA-NY is a non-profit 501c3 organization.


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