Alumna endows scholarship for communications honors students

December 19, 2008

A Penn State alumna who serves as president and CEO of a financial communications firm has established a scholarship designated for Schreyer Honors College students who are studying in the College of Communications.

Rochelle Michaels Roth, of Livingston, N.J., founder of Investor Relations Partners Inc., provided a $50,000 endowment for the Shellie M. Roth Honors Scholarship in the College of Communications. Roth is a 1964 Penn State graduate in journalism.

"As my children got older, I started to fully appreciate the value of education, especially as I looked back on how I was able to achieve my goals," Roth said. "It all began with my education, and the benefits of so many rich experiences at Penn State."

As an undergraduate, Roth served as editor of the Daily Collegian, Penn State's student newspaper. In recent years, she has been an active participant in the annual mentoring program conducted by the College of Communications, and the Alumni Academy in Ethical Leadership. She has participated in events in New York City and on the University Park campus, where she has visited several journalism and public relations classes.

"When you return to campus you find that it’s both the same place and a different place," Roth said. "That was very exciting. Plus, each of the students I met with and had the privilege to share time with had poise and maturity beyond their years, which demonstrates the depth and quality of the programs in the college.

"I've been so impressed by the quality of the students. Creating a scholarship allows me to to support them and to have a part in all their success and the continued success of Penn State’s educational programs."

The Shellie M. Roth Honors Scholarship will provide needs-based assistance and recognition to students in perpetuity. At least one and possibly several students will receive support from the fund each year. A first preference will be given to those enrolled or planning to enroll in the Schreyer Honors College and who are majoring or planning to major in either journalism or advertising/public relations with a public relations option.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009