2017 PSAid Contest Winners Announced

By Megan (Weyrauch) Johnson on May 9, 2017

USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI) recently announced the winners of the 12th annual Public Service Announcements for International Disasters contest (PSAid).

Nearly 140 college students from across the United States submitted entries in categories including broadcast, print, and infographic PSAs.


Winning PSAs will be distributed through broadcast and print outlets nationwide to convey the importance of practicing “Smart Compassion” and to emphasize why monetary donations to relief organizations effectively help people after disasters.

A panel of experts from humanitarian and communications fields picked the winners. Judges included Jonathan Adashek, Nissan Motor Corporation; Kevin Conroy, Global Giving; Nick Sugai, the Ad Council; Gary Goldhammer, Group SJR; Deborah Willig, InterAction; Marcia Wong, the International Committee of the Red Cross; and Keith Hempel, TV Access.

View all submissions here, and see the winners below, taken from this press release.


1. “Be the Change, Donate Cash” by Rachel Addington, Arizona State University
2. “Cash Fits All” by Bradley Parks, Shannon Sweatt, Megan Perkins and Raine Yip, The University of Alabama
3. “Donate Effectively” by Emma DeVane and Emily Pina, Arizona State University


1. “Cash Rebuilds” by Kaitlyn Olivier, Maria Castillo, Ludi Wang, Min Chen and Anna Kate Grosse, Boston University
2. “Cash is Convertible” by Ana Hernandez, Arizona State University
3. “Cash Keeps Your Donations Fresh” by Jordan Fonseca, Emily Hadfield, Nick Albanese and Daniel Arruda, The University of Rhode Island

Honorable Mentions: “Hope for Change” by Anne Miller, Loyola University Chicago, and “Cash is Best” by Sydni Alaniz, Arizona State University


1. “Make an Impact” by Lauren Schaecher, Arizona State University
2. “Donations are Nice, but Cash is Best” by Sacha Rady, Caroline Largey, Courtney Scarboro and Megan Purcell, The University of Alabama
3. “Cash is Key” by Haley-Ann Simpson, Ashley Stults, Cameron Craig and Emily Baker, The University of Alabama

Created in 1988, USAID CIDI provides individuals, groups, embassies, businesses, and corporations with information and guidance in support of maximally beneficial public support of international disaster relief efforts. Find out more here.

Find current and past PSAid winners on the competition website.

Hello! I am currently serving as the Director of News/Managing Editor for Uloop News. I recruit writers, edit many articles, manage interns, and lead our National Team. When I'm not writing or editing, I love to take part in community theater, read, and enjoy the outdoors with my husband Kevin. I have a Bachelor's degree in English and Professional Writing from Ohio State University and an M.Ed. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Wright State University. If you ever have questions or just want to chat, email me at megan@uloop.com.

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