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RF|Binder Awards Two Students from Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications with Scholarships

By RF|Binder

This announcement was originally posted by Hampton University on its website

HAMPTON, VA (January 24, 2024) – Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications is pleased to announce two outstanding students have each received scholarship awards from RF|Binder, a New York City-based integrated communications agency and consultancy.

Receiving the 2023-2024 scholarship are strategic communications majors Kassidy McGill, a senior from Charlotte, N.C., and Kennedy Stoudemire, a senior from Chicago, Ill. RF|Binder awards the scholarships annually to outstanding female students with a major in strategic communications. In addition to the financial award, the students will receive one-on-one mentoring, leadership development training, and industry networking opportunities.

RF|Binder also actively recruits from Hampton University for its prestigious Associate Program, that offers recent graduates the potential opportunity to join the New York-headquartered agency full-time after graduation.

“Kassidy and Kennedy are exceptional candidates this year,” said Julia A. Wilson, dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. “Their work in the classroom and outside stands out and made them the clear choice as this year’s recipients. Our partnership with RF|Binder, now in its fourth year, has directly impacted nine young women, and students in the classes that have benefited from visits from RF|Binder Associates. The mentorship they have received has been invaluable in supporting the development of their careers in the public relations industry.”

“We are thrilled to have our partnership with Hampton University and to empower the next generation of communications leaders,” said Rebecca Binder, President of RF|Binder. “We continue to be impressed with the students we work with from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications and are honored to be part of their career journey. We could not be happier that Kassidy and Kennedy are part of our scholarship program and we look forward to seeing the great impact they continue to make.”

About RF|Binder

RF|Binder is a fully integrated communications agency and consultancy that aligns communications and business strategy to achieve compelling results. Powered by the firm’s proprietary Clarity Lens™ framework, RF|Binder zeros in on exactly what matters most to each client’s business and brand, enabling the firm to develop and deploy targeted communications strategies, programs and initiatives that directly advance clients’ business objectives and drive organizational success. The RF|Binder team has deep expertise across a range of consumer, corporate, financial services, nonprofit and government sectors, delivering strategy and planning, strategic communications and integrated marketing services that are unbound by method, medium or channel. RF|Binder is an independent and certified Woman-Owned Business headquartered in New York City, with offices in Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco and a global presence through PROI Worldwide partners, an association of leading public relations firms across 60 countries and more than 165 cities. RF|Binder’s client work across industry sectors is consistently recognized, and the firm has been named to PRNEWS’ Agency Elite Top 100, PR Daily’s Top Agencies Awards, and Crain’s New York’s Best Places to Work. For more information about RF|Binder, visit

About Hampton University

The Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications is committed to preparing its students with a high-quality and well-rounded education for global careers in journalism and strategic communications. SHSJC emphasizes accuracy, balance, fairness, integrity, and high ethical standards of excellence through journalism and strategic communications. The Scripps Howard brand is internationally renowned as an educational foundation that promotes, supports, and enables aspiring journalists. (Website:

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