Thania Inoa De Jesus, of Allentown, Pa., has been selected as the 2021 CUPRAP Diversity Scholarship recipient by the College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals (CUPRAP) organization.
CUPRAP is an organization of communications professionals from more than 100 colleges, universities and independent schools. Its members work in public relations, media relations, marketing, publications, sports information, web and graphic design and more.
Recognizing the need to attract a more diverse group of professionals to the communications field, CUPRAP sponsors the annual $2,500 scholarship, open to all minority and LGBTQ students attending an accredited college or university represented in the organization. Applicants are selected based on academic ability, communication skill and creativity as demonstrated through work samples and financial need.
With aspirations to own a public relations firm focusing on women-owned businesses, Inoa De Jesus is a senior, first-generation Albright College student working four jobs while studying business and communications and minoring in Spanish and art.
Fluent in both English and Spanish, she completed a 2019 study abroad experience in Spain, and is currently employed on campus as an admission ambassador and peer tutor, as well as working for both the Goggleworks Center of the Arts and State Farm.
Inoa De Jesus is highly involved in campus student organizations as well, serving as vice president for the Albright Visual Arts Organization, treasurer and social media manager for the World Affairs Club, a writer for Albright Arts Magazine and a member of both the residential life public relations committee and the Hispanic Culture Club.
“As a first-generation college student, I understand that I have an advantage that my family did not have, therefore it is important for me to make a difference,” said Inoa De Jesus. “I want to be able to help women through advertisement, product design, website design and more.”