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TLF 2020 Graduate Scholarship Recipient MIcaiala Hamner
My name is Micaiala Hamner and I am currently a second-year graduate student at the University of West Florida, where I am pursuing my degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership. I wanted to pursue a master’s degree in the field of communication because of the versatility within the field, alongside my passion for making a difference. I am interested in the field of international public relations with an emphasis on scientific communication. 
 
I first heard about TLF from my former classmate. I applied for the scholarship because the mission and vision of the organization aligns with my own. Finding scholarships at the graduate level is rare and even more infrequent for minorities solely in the fields of marketing, communication, advertising, and PR.  I strive to be a change-agent in society and this scholarship provides me with the opportunity to do so, all while being surrounded by likeminded individuals. With this scholarship, I am now able to complete my final semesters at UWF without facing any financial hardship. My focus can now exclusively be on preparing for my pursuit of a doctoral degree. 
 
Once I earn my degree, a long-term goal is to work as a director for an international public relations government agency. My short-term goal would be to work in academia, teaching students about scientific communication.  I aspire to be an advocate for women of color by making a unique contribution to the field of communication.
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