Lisa Bates, a 2004 graduate of St. Joseph Catholic School, was awarded the Bridgestone Americas Public Affairs Scholarship for the spring semester at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
The $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to the Belmont University public affairs student who demonstrates academic excellence, campus service and professionalism. Selected in a competitive process, Bates is the daughter of Keith and Freda Bates of Madison, Miss.
She is a junior majoring in public relations. Bates is a student worker in the Admissions Office at Belmont, treasurer of the university’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and member of the Alpha Chi honor society. She recently was inducted in Alpha Chi – the highest academic honor Belmont bestows. She is also involved with Belmont’s on-campus PR firm, Tower Creative Consultants. In addition to her campus activities and internships, Bates has maintained a 3.95 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
“Lisa is the kind of student who makes me glad I’m a teacher,” said Pam Parry, director of the public relations program at Belmont. “She is an excellent selection for this scholarship as she has demonstrated both academic excellence in the classroom and strong leadership in co-curricular activities, such as PRSSA. She’s respected by both her peers and her professors. She’s not just a quality student, but she is a quality person.
“We are so grateful to Bridgestone Americas for this generous donation to our young public relations program. Belmont began the program three years ago, and Bridgestone Americas has given scholarships for the past two years. Bridgestone Americas’ support has benefited our students and strengthened the PR major itself.”