Sam Ross is an Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Creative Professional, Philanthropist, and Mental Health Advocate.
Ross’ professional areas of expertise include Graphic Design, Branding, Public Relations, Social Media Management, and Web Development. Having a number of innate talents in the arts, Ross has known creativity to be his passion since early childhood.
Ross is a native of small-town Greensburg, Louisiana and a 2008 honors graduate of St. Helena Central High, now known as St. Helena College and Career Academy. Ross had the honor of designing his high school graduation program.
As early as first grade, left-handed Ross would often draw after finishing his assignments. It was during his pre-teenage years that he would begin cultivating his gift of graphic design. In his spare time at home as a child, Ross would spend hours on the family’s Gateway Essential PC creating mock album art and magazine covers. When Ross’ mother took notice of his gift, she had him design programs for his home church. Ross provided designs for his home church until he went away to attend college at Southern University and A&M College in the fall of 2008.
It was during his collegiate tenure, in 2010, that Ross would decide to begin designing professionally. Little did he know, what started as him designing a few graduation invitations for friends would flourish into designing for hundreds of graduates over the course of time and a self-sustaining business. Today, Ross has amassed a national clientele roster with clients from coast to coast.
Ross, a 2012 graduate of Southern University and A&M College where he earned a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations, was also awarded "Outstanding Capstone Skills Award" for academic excellence by the Public Relations Student Society of America during his tenure. Ross had the distinct honor of graduating as Student Marshal of the College of Arts & Humanities for having the highest overall grade point average within the entire college.
In Ross' professional experience, he has been employed with the Louisiana House of Representatives, The Drum Newspaper (Internship), WBRZ-TV, and the Southern University Ag Center. At WBRZ-TV, Ross worked as a graphic designer and production control operator. During his time as Web Content Specialist at the Southern University Ag Center, Ross garnered the SNAP-Ed program national recognition from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
In 2018, Ross created the Sankofa Scholarship, a scholarship geared towards awarding first-time college students enrolled at Southern University and A&M College. Creating a scholarship had long been on Ross’ list of aspirations. And, on August 1, 2018, along with the help of Ellen C. McKnight, Founder and Principal Nutritionist of the Maxine Firm, and Dadrius C. Lanus, J.D., School Board Member for District 2 (LA), the first Sankofa Scholarship was awarded in the amount of $750.00. The scholarship, now known as the Sam Ross Sankofa Scholarship, is awarded annually to a deserving Southern University freshman that demonstrates academic excellence and leadership qualities.
In February of 2019, Ross was awarded by The Rouge Collection as one of 28 Black Leaders and Influencers in Baton Rouge, LA. That following April, Ross was awarded "Outstanding PR Alumni" by the Southern University and A&M College Department of Mass Communication for outstanding alumni achievement in Public Relations. And, in July of 2019, Ross was announced as one of the Southern University Alumni Federation's Top 40 Under 40.
Ross is currently a full-time entrepreneur and attributes any and all success to faith, works, and a community of love. Ross is confident that this is only the beginning and there is so much more to come.