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OCG PR and Paul Quinn College Partner to Create Social Justice Scholarship


FORT WORTH, JULY 29, 2013 – In the wake of the national discussion regarding race relations and social justice following a high-profile Florida case, OCG PR (Open Channels Group) and Paul Quinn College (PQC) announced today the creation of a new scholarship fund called the OCG PR Scholarship for Social Justice in memory of Trayvon Martin, which will award a student in Paul Quinn College’s Legal Studies program with a $7,500 scholarship.

OCG PR is Fort Worth-based public relations agency that is recognized as a national leader in multicultural communications.  Paul Quinn College (PQC) is a private, faith-based, four-year liberal arts college and is one of the nation’s 106 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The idea for the scholarship emerged from a conversation between PQC President Michael J. Sorrell and OCG PR CEO Tonya Veasey about multicultural issues, following the national dialogue and tensions surrounding the Trayvon Martin case. Both Veasey and Sorrell view the scholarship as an opportunity to help students committed to entering a career in social justice and bringing multicultural communities together.

“As a multicultural public relations firm, OCG PR is proud to help create this scholarship fund that will assist some young person in earning a college degree in a field that will focus on solving our nation’s divisive racial and social justice issues,” said Veasey, a PQC alumna.  “Our hope is that support for the scholarship fund will come from others who want to see an end to these problems that divide our communities.”

“We are grateful for Tonya and OCG PR’s support in bringing the Social Justice Scholarship to fruition,” President Sorrell said. “Our institutional ethos is ‘WE over Me.’ and we teach our students that they have an obligation to raise their voices for the voiceless.  This scholarship will help them amplify their voices.”

$5,000 of the scholarship will come from OCG PR and $2,500 will be provided by Paul Quinn College.  To be eligible for the award, students that enter must be juniors or seniors and possess a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applications for this scholarship will be taken starting this fall.

About OCG PR: OCG PR is a full-service public relations agency specializing in public involvement, digital and multicultural communications.  What started as a solo practice in 2005 has since grown to a workforce of nearly 20. The OCG PR team values collaborative partnerships with its clients to connect with the diverse communities and customers they serve.  In 2011, the national PR publication O’Dwyers named OCG PR the sixth-largest PR agency in the state of Texas.  In 2012, OCG received the AdColor® MVP Award for their collaborative efforts on AT&T’s diversity marketing initiatives.  For additional information about OCG PR (Open Channels Group), visit www.ocgpr.com.

About Paul Quinn College: Paul Quinn College, a finalist on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the 2011 HBCU of the Year, is a private, faith-based, four-year liberal arts-inspired college founded by and affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The College was founded in Austin, Texas, on April 4, 1872, and is one of the nation’s consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The College provides a quality, faith-based education that addresses the academic, social, and Christian development of students and prepares them to be servant leaders and agents of change in the global marketplace. Members of the College’s student body, alumni, faculty and staff, called Quinnites, embrace the institutional ethos of “WE over Me” and are dedicated to honoring the “Four Ls of Quinnite Leadership,” which are: Leave places better than you found them; Lead from wherever you are; Live a life that matters; and Love something greater than yourself.  For additional information about Paul Quinn College, visit www.pqc.edu.

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