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TLF 2020 Graduate Scholarship Recipient Jessica Gresham
My name is Jessica Gresham and I am currently a first year graduate student at the University of Southern California (USC), where I am pursuing my master’s degree in strategic public relations. I decided to pursue a career in communications because I fell in love with storytelling. I aspire to combine my passion for communications with my commitment to social impact and my interest in entertainment. I imagine myself leading brand communications and corporate social responsibility for a major entertainment company like Netflix or WarnerMedia, with the goal to tell stories and create moments that inspire, connect, and improve the lives of others. 

I first became familiar with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) when I worked as an intern on the communications team after graduating from college. Years later, I applied to the scholarship program because I needed financial assistance with my tuition and I believe in TLF’s mission. Increasing diversity in my field of work is important because now, more than ever, it has become imperative that brands have marketing, advertising and PR teams that reflect not only their consumers, but the world around them. By increasing diversity, brands can tap into new perspectives and make more creative and better informed decisions. I believe that the more diverse a team is, the more equipped it is to ask the important questions, create meaningful dialogue and challenge comfort zones. 


This scholarship helps reduce some of the financial burden that comes with pursuing a master’s degree and I’m very grateful to TLF and its board members for selecting me as a scholarship recipient two years in a row. Beyond receiving the scholarship, I want to continue to stay involved with TLF because I truly believe in its mission.

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