Meet Emily Chae, PondelWilkinson’s USC Scholarship Recipient

Emily Chae is the 16th recipient of the Cecilia Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship.

Meet Emily Chae, a graduate student at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and the 16th annual recipient of the Cecilia Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship.

Since 2008, Cecilia Wilkinson, one of our firm’s founding members, has been honored through an endowed scholarship for first-year graduate students who demonstrate strong academics and a genuine interest in strategic public relations, investor relations and reputation management.

“This scholarship serves as a driving force in my determination to work even harder, and someday be in the position to provide scholarships for future generations of communications students,” said Chae. “It is an honor to receive this special award in memory of Cecilia Wilkinson, a USC alum and respected industry leader, whose name and professional legacy live on at PondelWilkinson.”

Emily is completing a Master of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising, with graduation targeted for May 2024. She also works as a graduate research assistant to Willow Bay, dean of USC Annenberg.

“I already have been exposed to a myriad of opportunities, from forming profound connections with inspiring individuals I have admired for many years, to partaking in life-changing professional experiences that already are shaping my personal and academic journey,” Chae added.

Emily said she looks forward to combining strategic communications with graphic design, as she sets her sights on a career in the entertainment industry, where she hopes to make a positive impact leveraging campaigns on a global scale.

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