Belmont University junior Sarah Elizabeth Norton was named in a ceremony yesterday as the fourth 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?”
AT&T Vice President Kenny Blackburn said, “We are very proud of our long-time association with Belmont University and our sponsorship of this prestigious award. Congratulations to Sarah and her family for her outstanding performance and contributions to the university and the community.”
Norton said, “I have tried to learn as much as a I can as a public relations student through my classes and internships and I’m so glad that AT&T recognized me for that. Their support of our program has been great.”
Hailing from Jacksonville, Fla., Norton is majoring in public relations with a minor in journalism while also participating in the Honors program. She has an anticipated graduation date of May 2011. An active leader on campus, Norton has served as president for two years of the Belmont chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). She has also been a member of the university’s Bruin Recruiters and the Beaman Leadership Team as well as served as an Intramural Student Coordinator and Chief Student Justice. In addition, she has held internships on and off campus in the areas of editorial writing, marketing and event management. She has previously received the Altschul Champions for PRSSA Outstanding Internship Award, Belmont’s Hale Second Year Leadership Award and the PRSSA Presidential Service Award.
Thom Storey, the chair of Belmont’s media studies department, wrote in his recommendation, “Sarah is an excellent student and role model, particularly for Public Relations majors and minors. She is a servant leader and a problem solver. I feel she could pick just about any career path and succeed.”