A new scholarship named in honor of a former Advertising and Public Relations professor has its first recipient.
Vanessa Lansdale will receive the first $1200 scholarship from the Frederick A. Chapman Memorial Public Relations Scholarship Fund.
The scholarship fund was set up with a large initial gift from the family of Fred Chapman in his memory. Chapman, who taught in the Advertising and Public Relations program at GVSU from 1991-2001, passed away in 2013. The scholarship reached full funding last year after a fundraising drive involving current faculty and alumni. The scholarship is for students going into a career in public relations and dedicated to community service.
Before his ten years of teaching at GVSU, Chapman was involved in numerous activities
that combined his love of public relations and service. . He spent 36 years in corporate advertising and public relations. He was heavily involved in community service, in which he served numerous positions for various organizations, including local government.
Lansdale represents the qualities the scholarship is designed to support. She is an excellent student, and is very involved outside of the classroom. She is Director of Alumni Relations for PRSSA, a member of the GVSU American Marketing Association, and on the Laker Traditions Team. An APR major with minors in photography and nonprofit administration, she also volunteered her services to take photos for the APR program blog and annual report.
Of campus, Lansdale has been active in community service as well. She is a Springhill Teen Service Volunteer, a vacation Bible school teacher, and a volunteer at Woman at Risk, International.
“Through my major, minors, extracurricular activities, and community service, I have found my passion for nonprofits, public relations, digital marketing, and photography,” Lansdale said of her career goals. “I plan to use these skills to start my own company and provide assistance to nonprofits in the West Michigan community, thus allowing more awareness to be brought to their causes. Using my skills, I plan to give a voice to those who do not have one.”