The Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than 400 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising, and public relations. Members represent Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faith communities. Founded in 1929, the council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States.
Members of the RCC are keenly interested in the next generation of professional communicators and strive to encourage interest in religion communication as a career path. To this end, the council provides mentoring opportunities and scholarships for college/university students to attend its annual convention. The convention includes interesting keynote speakers and challenging workshops.
This year’s convention will be held in Chicago, IL Area, March 30-April1, 2017. The scholarship includes: paid registration for the convention; paid hotel room (double occupancy) for four nights; up to $400 for travel and meals; and paid membership to the RCC for 2017 and 2018. Scholarship recipient would be expected to arrive at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel Wednesday March 29th.
If you would like to attend the RCC convention and come in contact with communicators from a wide range of faith groups, we invite you to apply for a scholarship. Please complete the application and submit the following materials along with the application form: a description of your work related to communications; two letters of recommendation (one from a religious official and one from a college professor in your field); and an essay (approximately 500 words) about your interest in the field of religious communications and why you would like to attend the convention. (Please note that scholarship recipients must be able to attend the entire event. and will be expected to complete a specific convention assignment as part of the scholarship requirements).
The council provides opportunities for religion communicators of different faith communities who face similar challenges to exchange ideas and best practices. Together, RCC members promote excellence in the communication of religious faith and values in the public arena and encourage understanding among faith groups.
Local RCC chapters meet regularly for programming and networking. Those not located near a chapter are considered members-at-large. Local chapters are located in the following cities: Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, TX Area, Louisville, Nashville, New York and Washington, D.C.
RCC Convention Scholarship App 2017