Belmont University announced today that junior Anna Chatham has been named the second recipient of the AT&T Real Yellow Pages Scholarship in Public Relations. AT&T Advertising & Publishing is supporting Belmont University’s public relations program with a five-year scholarship commitment, with the inaugural award given last year. 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?”
Chatham, a junior public relations major and native of Burns, Tenn., has a 3.7 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and is a member of Belmont’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the Phi Mu fraternity. She also serves as an intern with the Senior University Events Coordinator and has been a Belmont Ambassador and Tower Team Leader.
“I was very surprised and excited to win this scholarship,” said Chatham, who is pictured above with AT&T Real Yellow Pages District Sales Manager Brandon Stotts at Wednesday’s scholarship presentation. “I’m extremely grateful to AT&T for investing in my education. Receiving this scholarship really affirms what I’ve learned in my classes at Belmont and in my internship experiences.”
“We are proud to recognize Anna Chatham for her extraordinary performance in the area of public relations,” said Chris Andrews, AT&T Real Yellow Pages division manager. “AT&T Advertising & Publishing is committed to supporting initiatives that provide students with the skills and knowledge they need in order to succeed in this constantly changing marketplace.”
The Public Relations program is in its fourth year at Belmont University and currently has 70 majors. At last fall’s PRSSA conference in Philadelphia, Belmont’s chapter won several national awards, including taking home top honors for the Chapter Development Award and the Outstanding PRSA/PRSSA Chapter Relationship Award. The program also won second and third place national awards for ethics advocacy.
Belmont Public Relations Program Director Pam Parry said, “Anna is the kind of student who makes me glad I’m a teacher. She’s hard working, eager to learn and has a great attitude. I’m very happy that AT&T is honoring her with this competitive scholarship. We appreciate the support of AT&T–support from the community is one of the reasons our public relations program has become so strong in just four years.”