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Karen Plunkett Memorial Scholarship Application

June 15, 2020: Scholarship applications open


September 4, 2020: Scholarship applications DUE by 5:00 pm 


September 18, 2020: Scholarship award notification (confirmed by email)


About the Karen Plunkett Memorial Scholarship:

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is offering the Karen Plunkett Memorial Scholarship for the Edyth Bush Institute’s Certificate in Leadership Practice program. The scholarship is awarded annually to a public relations or communications professional in Orange, Osceola, Seminole or Lake County. Preference is given to an individual who is involved in the community or who has connection with a nonprofit organization. The scholarship valued at $1,200 is awarded on a competitive basis to one individual.


Karen Plunkett specialized in public relations and represented law and accounting firms in the Orlando area. Among her public relations friends, she was known for her gracious style combined with a backbone of steel. She became president of the Florida Public Relations Association and earned the group's Dillon Award for lifetime achievement. For 15 years, she also taught public relations courses at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida, where she earned her master's degree.


David Odahowski, President & CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, said, “The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation would like Karen's legacy to live on and this scholarship will honor her life as a public relations professional and as a distinguished community volunteer, teacher and mentor."

One, fully-paid scholarship will be awarded annually to a public relations or communications professional through the generous support of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in memory of
Karen Plunkett, APR.  The Certificate in Leadership Practice involves the completion of outside reading and assignments and will only be awarded to those who complete the assignments and attend all four sessions in their entirety.  The scholarship recipient must complete the program in full or the value of the scholarship ($1,200) must be paid to the Edyth Bush Institute.

Criteria to apply for Karen Plunkett Memorial Scholarship:

  • Individual must work in marketing, public relations or a related communications field.
  • Preference will be given to individuals currently working at a nonprofit organization, or serving a nonprofit organization in some capacity (i.e. board of directors, key volunteer, other).
  • Applicants must be in good financial standing with the Institute.
  • Only individuals working in Orange, Osceola, Lake and Seminole counties are eligible.

 Please fill out form below to apply:


This scholarship application is NOT a registration form. If you are not awarded a scholarship to the Certificate in Leadership Practice, you must complete the online registration and payment process to ensure a seat.
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