Belmont University junior Hope Cooper was named at the College of Arts and Sciences Award Ceremony on Monday as the fifth recipient of the AT&T Advertising Solutions Scholarship in Public Relations (formerly known as the AT&T Real Yellow Pages Scholarship in Public Relations). AT&T Advertising Solutions is supporting Belmont University’s public relations program with a five-year scholarship commitment, with the inaugural award given in 2007. The $2,500 prize is presented annually each spring to the public relations major who demonstrates academic excellence, campus service and professionalism. Applicants must also write an essay that effectively responds to the question, “What role should public relations play in corporate social responsibility?”
Susan Barnes, instructor of media studies, said, “If you were to paint a picture of the perfect Belmont student, it would be Hope Cooper. She lives her faith every day through her hard work, her dedication to her studies and her many friendships. She’s a delight, and has such a great future ahead of her. She so deserves this honor.”
A public relations major and early childhood education minor, Cooper is an active leader on Belmont’s campus. She is currently the philanthropy coordinator for Alpha Gamma Delta and is planning their first Gathering on the Green event. Cooper also serves as chapter president for the Student Tennessee Education Association, a Tower Team leader, a member of Belmont Buddies, a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America, a member of Order of Omega, a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society and a Bruin Recruiter.
“I am honored to be selected for this scholarship and couldn’t be more excited to be the recipient, Cooper said. “Belmont has been more than generous throughout my college experience, and this is just another example of how helpful the university and individual departments are in the lives of their students. My professors’ involvement and interest in my life never ceases to amaze me, and I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of such a welcoming, loving, engaging community.”