NYU-SCPS Student To Be Awarded With Scholarship at Star-Studded 2011 Matrix Awards

Annual Event Honors “Women Who Change the World”

NEW YORK, April 12, 2011 - The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications Inc., announced their 2011 scholarship recipients, who were honored at the annual Matrix Awards—the industry event of the year, held on April 11, 2011 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. This year, Eunic Ortiz, a graduate student in the M.A. in Graphic Communications Management and Technology program at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, (NYU-SCPS; http://www.scps.nyu.edu/), was one of the select few to be recognized.

Eunic Ortiz, of Palm Harbor, Florida is the recipient of The Esperanza Scholarship, which is funded by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. This prestigious scholarship honors a student of Hispanic heritage pursuing a career in communications who has demonstrated academic achievement and leadership and who has participated in community and school service. Ortiz has demonstrated solid communications experience, having worked for the New York City Council as a press officer and their web, digital and social media manager as well as for WNBC-TV as a field and online producer through a post-undergraduate fellowship. Currently, Ortiz is a senior account executive at Fleishman-Hillard in New York City working in the digital PR group.

Ortiz had the rare opportunity to be recognized with a select group of her peers during the event, which also featured Matrix Award winners and presenters including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Arianna Huffington, actress Idina Menzel, and special Lifetime Achievement Award winner Betty White.

"We are proud to support the dreams and celebrate the accomplishments of these amazing women,” said Joan Cear, president, New York Women in Communications Foundation. “Whether they are taking the first steps toward a career in communications or returning to school to advance their professional development, they represent a high standard of excellence. There is no better way to honor our organization’s mission to promote professional advancement and inspire women to 'Take the Lead' than to recognize this year's group of talented scholarship recipients."

The Scholarship Foundation is the largest foundation for communications scholarships for women in the tri-state area, with denominations of monetary scholarships in total of more than $100,000. Scholarships are awarded annually based on academic achievement, need, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community-service activities, honors and other awards or recognition, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, and unusual personal and/or family circumstances.

Students who wish to apply for consideration of this scholarship in the future, may visit www.NYWICI.org for a full list of requirements and to download and application.

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Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.