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Two ETSU Media and Communication Majors Awarded MarketingMel's Public Relations Scholarship

Updated: Jul 9, 2023


Mary Ellen Miller (right) of MarketingMel Miller (left) presents scholarship to presents scholarship to Cooper Reaves (right). Bridget Leary (right).



Two ETSU Public Relations majors were awarded scholarships from a well-known local public relations professional. Mary Ellen Miller, president and founder of MarketingMel, has funded the scholarship for many years. Bridget Leary, a May 2023 ETSU graduate and Cooper Reeves, a rising senior at ETSU were each awarded the MarketingMel scholarship. They were selected, based on merit, by a panel of ETSU faculty.

“As faculty we were delighted to select these two rising stars as recipients of the MarketingMel scholarship. The ETSU Media and Communication Department greatly appreciates the support MarketingMel has provided to our students over the years,” said Megan Fannon, master lecturer in Advertising and Public Relations. “She always takes time to meet the scholarship recipients who enjoy the interaction with a long-time professional in the field of public relations.”

Bridget Leary who moved to Nashville immediately following graduation to pursue work in communications, said, “I’m so grateful to my professors and Mrs. Miller for awarding me this scholarship. I’ve had a wonderful experience during my time at ETSU and through the support of these people I have been able to surpass goals and expectations I had set for myself.”

Cooper Reaves, who is on track to graduate in May 2024, “I am thrilled to be selected as a recipient of the MarketingMel Scholarship. The scholarship not only alleviates some of the financial burden of pursuing my education, but it also gives me a friend and a mentor in the PR field who believes in my potential and my future,” Reaves said.

“It makes me feel so good about the future of the public relations profession when I meet these outstanding students,” said Miller. “I am very appreciative of the faculty for their wonderful selections.”

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