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TLF 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient Zachary Gradishar
My name is Zachary Gradishar and I am currently a third-year student at American University in Washington DC, where I am pursuing a degree in Public Relations & Strategic Communication (PRSC) as well as a minor in Marketing. I wanted to get my degree in PRSC because I have the ability to pursue careers in various fields.

I first heard about TLF through one of my PR professors at the end of the first semester of my sophomore year. I wanted to apply to the scholarship because I liked TLF’s mission and thought it would be great to associate myself with such a wonderful organization. I believe in TLF’s mission because it grants students with opportunities and connections that serve as benefits in the long run. With this scholarship, I am now able to graduate college with a little less debt. 


Once I earn my degree, I hope to pursue a Master’s in Strategic Public Relations as well as a certificate in Media and Entertainment Management from the University of Southern California. I want to pursue these goals because I hope to one day work in the entertainment industry. Bringing diversity into my field of work is important because being a minority has broadened my perspective on various issues and once I learned about the lack of diversity in the PR field, I thought I could help change that norm. 


Beyond receiving the scholarship, I want to continue to stay involved with TLF because I can make connections while learning from those who are practicing in the field that I wish to pursue. I think the work TLF is doing is important because it enables minority students to get one step closer to achieving their dreams. I wanted to take a moment to thank both my professor and mentor Pallavi Kumar as well as TLF for giving me this opportunity as I value it dearly.

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