A panel of expert industry judges named Iowa State University’s Colton Boyd and Lydia Wede from Team Cardinal and Gold the winners of the 2021 Washington Media Scholars Foundation Media Plan Case Competition, presented by Katz Media. Each member of the winning team receives a $5000 scholarship.
Team Media Master Innovators, Elena Chang (Ithaca College) and Yanelis Funez (Penn State) were named runners up in the competition and will be awarded $3,000 in scholarships each. This “combo” team was comprised of members who were paired randomly after entering as individual competitors.
The final round of presentations on June 10th, 2021 took place virtually, as did all company presentations and professional development trainings. During the annual awards ceremony, held via Facebook Live, Mia Guion Scholarships of $2,500 each were awarded to Leah Busler & Danielle Popson of Union University. The awardees were selected via a criterion of “4 P’s” that were found demonstrated in the late Ms. Guion’s life: professionalism, participation, preparation and presentation. This year is the first time that 2 students were awarded this scholarship.
New this year was the first-ever National Excellence in Leadership award, given in recognition of Tim Busch’s steadfast support of Washington Media Scholars Foundation over many years. This award recognizes an exemplary individual who endeavors to support students and scholarship by partnering with the Foundation, and making a significant impact in the success of our programs and our students.
Many thanks to all of the talented finalists that participated in this year’s competition. We also thank everyone who made the 2021 Media Plan Case Competition possible—from our sponsors to students, to professors and volunteers.