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How would you like your work – whether a project, a campaign or a single tactic – to be featured among and then recognized by fellow local professionals? Would you like to honor someone who has made a great contribution to our profession? The Best in Maryland (BIM) Awards gives you a chance to do just that! These awards include the Best in Maryland Awards and Professional Awards.



Best in Maryland 2021 Awards Call for Entries Coming Soon!

Click here to see 2020 Winners of Best of Maryland Awards

The Best in Maryland Awards gala is our favorite event of the year and a long-standing tradition to celebrate the work of our industry peers. This year’s program will feature two new awards recognizing how PR and Communications Professionals have stepped up to the challenges brought to us by this year’s pandemic and the racial justice movement.

COVID-19 COMMUNICATIONS (Campaign Award) – 2020 has been particularly crisis-oriented as the entire world continues to deal with a global pandemic. This new category includes programs designed to address issues resulting directly from the novel coronavirus and its effects on industry throughout the world. Entries can entail any work done to address COVID-19-related issues through the time of the award deadline. Given the circumstances of this pandemic, leniency will be employed when considering supporting documents, research, and results.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION (Professional Award) – PRSA Maryland is committed to building consciousness by increasing visibility of D&I standards, resources and best practices for racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, and gender differences, as well as diverse skill sets, mindsets and cultures at all levels of the organization. This award recognizes PR firms and organizations that have developed strategies, established more diverse workplace environments, and have established management programs to help minority groups and LGBT practitioners move up the employment ladder.

This year, we will celebrate virtually and creatively in December, toasting to the achievements of our colleagues and friends.  Details TBA.

Want to support this event and get your name in front of the best in the industry? Partner with PRSA Maryland on this event; contact PRSA Maryland office at 443-283-8060 or info@prsamd.org.


The Best in Maryland Awards is presented annually to public relations practitioners who, in the judgment of their peers, have successfully addressed a communications challenge with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness. PRSA Maryland models the Best in Maryland Awards after PRSA’s Silver and Bronze.

Click here for 2020 Award winners.


Do you know a long-time PR professional who has exhibited extraordinary achievements and demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations? What about a new professional who has proven to be a rising star? Has your PR Team excelled? Are you aware of a Maryland educator who has demonstrated a commitment to public relations/communications programs and its students? Is there a vendor that has shown outstanding support of our profession? Has your organization been a leader in diversity and inclusion? 2020 Call for Professional Awards Nominations is closed.



Kathleen Kelly Undergraduate Scholarship

The Kathleen Kelly Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded at the discretion of PRSA Maryland’s Executive Board to a student who demonstrates excellent academic credentials and the potential for a successful public relations career. This is a one-time award (amount determined by board).


  • College-level student with sophomore or junior status.
  • Enrollment in college or university in Maryland; or a resident of Maryland attending college outside of the state.
  • Concentrated study in an area of communications with the intention to pursue a career in public relations.

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