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Two Students Named Seward Scholars

December 6, 2017

This fall, Fisher’s Department of Media and Communication selected Claire Sauter ’18 and Allison Rudy ’18 as recipients of the James E. Seward Scholarship.

Claire Sauter ’18 and Allison Rudy ’18 are recipients of the James E. Seward Scholarship.

Carrying a $1,000 award, the scholarship honors Jim Seward and his 41 years of college teaching, 29 of which were spent at Fisher. The scholarship was established by former students, friends, and colleagues within the department when he retired in 2011.

The scholarship is open to a full-time junior or senior with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Applicants were asked to submit a cover letter, writing samples, and a portfolio of work.

A media management major and ethics minor, Sauter has a passion for community organizations and looks to represent these quiet causes and tell their stories in her career. As a Service Scholar, Sauter has extended her involvement in community service from her hometown to the Rochester community with the completion of more than 700 hours of service during her undergraduate years, working with organizations including CP Rochester and the Rochester City School District. She also served as the campus blood drive coordinator in collaboration with the American Red Cross.

On campus, she serves as president and chief executive officer and director of accounts for Fisher’s student-run firm, The PRIMA Group, and secretary of the College’s Tom Proietti Chapter of PRSSA.  In addition, she was a pioneer peer colleague English 101 teaching assistant, where she presented her research with her fellow peer colleague and professor as a panelist at the SUNY Council on Writing conference in spring 2016.

She studied in Athens, Greece for a semester at the American College of Greece-Deree. In addition to studying abroad, she completed internships as a marketing consultant for a community bank, media intern at Butler/Till, social media and content strategist for a startup company, and is currently co-founder of a networking event production business in the Rochester area and a communications and marketing assistant at the Cause Collaborative, serving local nonprofit and mission-driven clients. Through the Media Management program’s service-learning focus, Claire has completed work across varying levels of client needs for Rochester organizations.

Sauter is a National Elks Foundation Legacy Scholar, two-time Barack Obama President’s Volunteer Service Award recipient, and perennial member of the Dean’s List (six consecutive semesters).

Rudy is a senior with a double major in media and communication, and digital cultures and technologies. She is president of Fisher’s PRSSA chapter, where she has the opportunity to expand her network, while planning and facilitating bi-weekly meetings and events for students. As the director of marketing and creative services for The PRIMA Group, she uses her creativity to design and execute creative content for clients in the community, while also delegating creative work to her team members.

Through the Department of Media and Communication, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Galway, Ireland, in spring 2016.

Rudy has taken what she’s learned at Fisher into several internships, including a public relations position at Tipping Point Communications, and a continuing internship with the Endless Mountain Music Festival, where she has taken on various roles.