Chicago Scholars

Ongoing Media Relations


Chicago Scholars is a nonprofit that brings hundreds of talented Chicago high school students from under-resourced communities together each fall so they can be interviewed by selective colleges and universities and considered for merit aid scholarships. Offers are made on the spot and millions of dollars in aid awarded. The organization asked Mekky Media to spread awareness of its life-changing work and invite key media to cover the emotional day of interviews and offers, known as the Onsite Admissions Forum. 



Mekky Media’s eleventh-hour media relations campaign for the Chicago Scholars Onsite Admissions Forum garnered 6,179,544 earned media impressions over just a four-day time span. 

Following the success of Mekky Media’s four-day media relations program, Chicago Scholars hired the agency for ongoing media relations support. 

Notable placements include:

WGN-TV, CBS2 Chicago, FOX32 Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, NBC5 Chicago, WBBM Radio 


- Chicago Scholars


2020 Silver Trumpet Award Business to Consumer, Joe's Imports Opening
2020 Silver Trumpet Award Non-Profit, ​Komen Chicago ​Race for the Cure​ Campaign​

2020 Stevie® Award Winner for Agency of the Year

2020 Agency Elite Top 100

2020 National Bulldog PR Awards, Komen Chicago Race for the Cure Campaign

2020 Official Member of the Forbes Agency Council

2020 IPRN (International PR Network) Member

2020 Expertise, Best PR Firms in Chicago

2019 Golden Trumpet Award Winner for Media Relations (Abt Electronics)

2019 Golden Trumpet Award Winner for Advocacy (Komen Chicago)

2019 National Business Enterprise (WBENC) Certified 

2018 Stevie® Award Winner for Women in Business, Entrepreneur of the Year

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