LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication has recently received two donations totaling $2.55 million.

A $1.35 million gift from Charles and Carole Lamar will go toward expanding the Lamar Family Visiting Scholars program, while $1.2 million from the Manship family will complete the nation’s first endowed chair in media diversity.

“These gifts directly contribute to our signature goal of teaching and conducting research at the intersection of media and public affairs,” Manship Dean Jerry Ceppos said in a statement. “They also help us with our growing interest in using technology to deliver and dig out information.”

According to a news release announcing the donations, both will be eligible for matching funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents, boosting the donors’ gifts to $4.21 million in total impact.

The Lamar family initially funded the visiting scholar program as a way of bringing new voices to the school. The increased funds will boost the amount of the stipend for the already-established visiting scholar position, which is held by a communications practitioner, and create a second visiting scholar position for a post-doctoral researcher.

“Having two such scholars--one professional and one post-doc--working with students and faculty will greatly increase the program’s impact on the school,” Charles Lamar said in a statement.

The gift from the Manships, whose family named the school in 1985 and owned The Advocate until 2013, will establish the Douglas Manship Sr.- Dori J. Maynard Chair in Race, Media and Cultural Literacy.

“At a time when state funding is being cut continually, it is important that people step forward to help,” said Richard Manship, chief executive officer and president of Manship Media, in a statement.

The chair holder will teach courses in media diversity and conduct research on news coverage of racial issues, according to the news release.