We are thrilled to announce the recipient of the first annual Aker Ink Scholarship at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication – Brielle McDougall.

Hailing from Canada, the $1,000 scholarship will help Brielle ease college costs and focus further on studies. Upon graduation, Brielle says she hopes to work as an in-house public relations professional and ultimately launch her own boutique PR firm on the West Coast.

Brielle and other scholarship recipients were honored at the Cronkite School’s Scholarship Celebration Brunch on Friday, March 22. Numerous students shared their experience at the school, as well as the impact donors have made on their lives and budding careers.

Aker Ink President Andrea Aker launched the Aker Ink Scholarship last year. It’s awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior who studies journalism or public relations, maintains good grades and is active in the community or extra-curricular activities.

The Cronkite School is among the nation’s top journalism schools, committed to industry innovation and real-world experiences for its students.

Andrea earned a Master of Mass Communication from the Cronkite School and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Arizona. Learn why Andrea started the scholarship here.