Four students selected as national finalists in advertising program

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Four senior advertising majors in the College of Communications at Penn State were recognized as national finalists in the Most Promising Minority Students program conducted by the American Advertising Federation.

The four students were among 50 nationally who were recognized through the program and selected for a trip to New York City to participate in career-related activities and to meet advertising industry leaders.

Students selected were Kayla Ariza, Tobyhanna, Pa.; Jamal Atwell, Philadelphia; Sarah Espinoza, Seattle; and Sarika Patel, Cupertino, Calif. With four national finalists this year, Penn State has had 34 students honored in the program since 2006. Twenty-seven were national finalists and seven were named to the honor roll.

“It was really humbling to be able to spend a week with so many talented students who are just as interested as you are in the advertising industry and are hoping to do big things,” Patel said. She said the opportunity to meet with advertising industry leaders -- with representatives from companies such as Interpublic Group, Ominicom, Publicis, Wieden+Kennedy and WPP -- was especially valuable.

“Attending the Most Promising Minority Students program was an amazing experience,” Ariza said.

The AAF’s Most Promising Minority Students program connects the advertising industry with the nation’s top minority college seniors. The event provides opportunities to recruit fresh talent, to further prepare advertising’s best young prospects and to help the industry’s workforce better reflect the multiculturalism of society.

The program honors students and enhances their knowledge and understanding of the advertising industry by offering networking, interviewing and industry immersion opportunities with industry professionals.

Last Updated March 27, 2014