Another CUPRAP membership perk is the opportunity to enter your institution’s work in our prestigious CUPPIE Awards Competition.   Winners are presented with their awards during the Thursday awards dinner at our annual Spring Professional Development Conference. We also offer the CUPRAP Diversity Scholarship, the Arthur V. Ciervo Award for support and advancement of higher education, the Don Hale Award for service to CUPRAP, and the Joseph W. Donovan Young Professional/Rising Star Award for a young professional under the age of 40 who demonstrates great potential in the communications field.


Since 2005, CUPRAP has been awarding CUPPIE Awards for creative excellence in marketing and communications to the work of member institutions in the categories of advertising, electronic media, print, public relations and marketing, writing and photography.

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Arthur V. Ciervo Award

Awarded to a public relations professional, president, higher education advocate, public official or outstanding faculty or staff member who exemplifies CUPRAP’s fundamental purposes of supporting and advancing the understanding of higher education. The award is named in honor of Arthur V. Ciervo, founder and first president of CUPRAP.

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Don Hale Award

Awarded annually to a CUPRAP member who has significantly contributed to the organization. The award is named in honor of Don Hale, CUPRAP’s second president, and for 20 years thereafter, editor of its newsletter.

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Joseph W. Donovan Rising Star Award

This award recognizes a person with great potential in a communications field. The winner must be under 40 years old and must have been in higher education less than five years.

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CUPRAP Diversity Scholarship

Recognizing the need to attract a more diverse group of professionals to the communications field, the College and University Public Relations and Affiliated Professionals (CUPRAP) sponsors the CUPRAP Diversity Scholarship. It is open to all minority and LGBTQ students attending an accredited college/ university that has membership representation in CUPRAP.

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Apply for Awards & Scholarships

Use this form to apply for the 2024 Arthur V. Ciervo Award, Don Hale Award, Joseph W. Donovan Rising Star Award, and the CUPRAP Diversity Scholarship. The deadline for submissions is December 29, 2023. We look forward to recognizing our recipients and the CUPRAP Conference in March 2024.

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