Amy Garrison of Maryland Heights, Missouri, made a $5,000 gift to establish the scholarship. Her gift will be matched with an additional $5,000 match through a University matching gift program.
The matching gift program is part of the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign through Southeast Missouri University Foundation. This program allowed donors to make a minimum commitment of $5,000 to a maximum commitment of $10,000 through donation or pledge by March 1, 2014, that qualified for a $1-for-$1 match.
The recipient of this renewable scholarship will be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University. First preference is for a full-time student from Mississippi, New Madrid or Scott counties interested in pursuing a degree in mass communication with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Second preference will go to a Southeast student majoring in mass communication with a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
A Mississippi County, Missouri, native, Garrison is a 1990 Southeast graduate with a Bachelor of Science in mass communication with a major in advertising.
Garrison is currently principal and owner of Brand Virtue, LLC, a full-service strategic and dedicated marketing and communication firm. She began her career in media advertising sales before transitioning to the marketing side of the business. Through these experiences, Garrison was able to hone her sales skills as an account executive for both print and broadcast television, which has been extremely beneficial to her career as a marketing and communications specialist.
Before founding Brand Virtue, LLC in 2013, Garrison led the business development and strategic marketing initiatives for Dentons’ U.S. transactional practices including real estate, retail, hotels and leisure, capital markets, trusts and estates and financial institutions. Her primary focus was to support the firm’s lawyers and professionals in identifying key opportunities to expand work within the industry sectors through a client service team approach.
Prior to her career in the legal industry, Garrison was vice president of corporate communications at Cassidy Turley (now DTZ). She directed the firm’s public relations programs including media relations, community relations, and internal communications.
Garrison serves as a member of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business St. Louis Corporate Advisory Board. While a student at Southeast, she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Garrison is married to Christopher Garrison and has a son, Jordan.