Eric Blackwell, a 2001 journalism graduate, reently made a contribution to Arkansas State University to establish the Eric Blackwell Strategic Communication Scholarship, according to a news release.

“I received a world-class education at Arkansas State that prepared me for life and a career,” said Blackwell, currently the manager of special events at Texas Children’s Hospital at Houston, where he manages the special events team in the office of philanthropy.

He hopes this scholarship gives A-State students the same opportunities he had to excel in the classroom and beyond without worrying about finances, Blackwell said.

“Students graduating from the strategic communication program will know and understand how to use advertising, public relations, social media, branding, crisis communication, media relations, research methods and evaluation tools to help organizations communicate and build relationships with their publics,” according to the release.