Oriol Brull, a student in the advertising/public relations program at The City College of New York, has been honored as the 2017 Art Stevens PRSA-NY/CCNY Scholar. Brull will receive $5,000 toward his continued study at the school during his senior year.
Art Stevens, managing partner of The Stevens Group and an alumnus of CCNY, started the program 10 years ago to provide financial support for talented students majoring in communications.
Brull is currently an intern at SociedAD, a division of Campbell-Ewald. In 2016, his expert reporting skills and love of cars earned him a spot in the “GM Discover Your Drive Journalism Experience” to cover the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
“Oriol represents the best of our advertising/PR students and PRSSA. Beyond his stellar academic record, Oriol has demonstrated his passion for our industry as a PRSSA CCNY chapter leader and as a competitive intern for multiple agencies. Personally and professionally, he is a model for any aspiring PR student,” said CCNY professor Lynn Appelbaum.
Former Stevens Scholars have had successful careers in public relations and in other areas: Anne Tan ‘09 (Queens Botanical Garden, Marketing Manager), Isabella Safiyeva ‘10 (Blue Card, Senior Program Director), Kellie Jelencovich ‘11 (MSL, Account Supervisor), Asaf Breier ‘12 (Douglas Elliman Real Estate Sales and Development), Caterine Molina Barfell ’13 (Ketchum, Senior Account Executive), Brent Reams ‘14 (Newell Brands, Associate PR Manager), Khaled Hassan ‘15 (graphic design student, Shillington School), Susan Akinyi ‘16 (Y&R, Account Executive) and Troy Blackwell ’17, 2016 White House Intern, now finishing his senior year.
“Art Stevens’s support plays an essential role in student success because it alleviates the tuition burden, so students can focus on their academics and careers,” said Ed Keller, professor and ad/PR program director. “Beyond the financial support, Art continues to mentor his scholars and has built a family of Stevens Scholar alumni who meet annually to support each other. Art is a role model in our industry.”
The CCNY advertising/PR program offers a competitive integrated communications education for 200 majors. The program is a gateway for students, most of whom are multicultural, to enter the communications professions into global agencies and businesses in public relations, digital marketing, account management and media planning.