Staff Senate Scholarship

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Entering its 10th year, the Staff Senate Scholarship supports currently enrolled or accepted, incoming students who are children and relatives of SHRA and EHRA non-faculty employees. The Senate's Scholarship Committee leads the Senate's fundraising efforts by soliciting donations and selling holiday ornaments. The scholarship is awarded to two or three students each year and it is our hope to grow the scholarship fund to enable us to support more students. The Senate appreciates the support the scholarship has received from the campus community over the years and looks forward to working together to continue to support our students.

Award preference is given to the children and dependents of WCU employees, including those of the University's contractual employees. However, the grandchildren, nieces, and nephews of staff members are encouraged to apply as well.

Please note that the application deadline is February 1 of each year.
 

past scholarship recipients

 

2015

Winner: Hannah Adams
WCU Relation: Father - Jerry Adams (University Police)
Sophomore majoring in Elementary Education

 Winner: Tiffany Brown

WCU Relation: Grandmother - Virginia Owen (Office of the CIO)

Sophomore majoring in Biology

 Winner: Tiffany Frady

WCU Relation: Father - William Frady (IT) & Lisa Frady (Advising)
Sophomore majoring in Math Education

2012

Winner: Megan Boland
WCU Relation: Mother - Kathy Boland (Financial Aid)
Major: English
Class Year: Freshman 
Winner: Christopher "Adam" Ray

WCU Relation: Father - Chris Ray (Facilities Management)
Major: Social Sciences Education and History
Class Year: Senior

2011

Winner: Christopher “Adam” Ray
WCU Relation: Father - Chris Ray (Facilities Management)
Junior majoring in Social Sciences Education and History

 Winner: Kristen Arrington

WCU Relation: David Onder – Uncle
Sophomore Major in Elementary Education – History

2010

Winner: Kristen Arrington
WCU Relation: David Onder – Uncle
Major: Elementary Education – History
Sophomore
“I want to be that teacher that brings out the best in all of her students. I believe that is what being a great teacher is all about!”

 Winner: Emily Haskett

WCU Relation: Tammy Haskett – mother & Mark Haskett – father
Major: Recreation Therapy
Sophomore
“After I graduate with a major in recreation therapy, I want to find a job in that field but also continue my education and complete my master’s degree.”

2009

Recipient’s Name: Christopher “Adam” Ray
WCU Family Member: Father - Chris Ray (Facilities Management)
Hobbies: Playing piano, drum set, and djembe (African drum), mountain biking, archery, falconry, hiking, running and swimming
Educational Goals: Master’s degree in History
Career Path: Teacher
Miscellany: Teaching Fellow

2008

Brittany Haskett, daughter of Tammy Haskett, director of orientation programs, and Mark Haskett, university photographer is recipient of the 2008 Staff Senate Scholarship.

The $500 scholarship is offered annually to help the children of non-faculty staff members afford to attend Western, and recipients are selected based on their involvement in activities, scholastic performance, financial need and personal essays about educational and career goals.

Haskett has been involved in volleyball, student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Spirit Club and volunteer service, and her awards include National Anthem and Spanish awards. She wants to earn a degree in construction management out of a desire to match her interest in construction with her commitment to helping people in need. Haskett was drawn to the field after volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and helping rebuild homes in Gulfport, Miss., as part of a hurricane relief effort.

"I had no idea that one hurricane could do so much damage,” she said. “When we drove through the town, everyone was silent.” In the following days, Haskett helped put a roof on a house for a young family. When she returned a year later, she helped build a house from the ground up. “The combination of helping out people in need and feeling the satisfaction of a job well done was inspiring to me,” said Haskett.

She chose WCU after meeting the construction management faculty and taking classes at Western as a dually enrolled student.

Her parents are grateful for the scholarships – and the people who have contributed to them – that make it easier for their daughter to pursue her dream in Cullowhee. “She will be living on campus and I’m sure she will love it as much as her father and I do,” said Tammy Haskett.

Mark Haskett said they were grateful to the many people who have supported the university through giving to funds such as the Staff Senate Scholarship.

"Brittany has practically grown up on the WCU campus,” he said. “She has accompanied me on hundreds of occasions as I photographed events and games on campus. She has been to Elderhostel events, alumni gatherings and orientation sessions with Tammy. Most recently, being selected to the cast of ‘The Music Man’ at WCU as a high school junior was quite the thrill for Brittany and really allowed her the opportunity to experience the campus on her own.”

Lisa Frady, chair of the Staff Senate Scholarship committee, encouraged other members of the campus community to make a contribution to the Staff Senate Scholarship Fund.

"We want to make sure the first-class education at WCU is affordable to the sons and daughters of the people who work here – to outstanding students such as Brittany Haskett,” said Frady. “It is our goal to increase the amount of the scholarship fund to include two awards, and that can only be possible with your help.”

HELP GROW THE SCHOLARSHIP

Staff Senate is an organization at WCU that represents the interests and concerns of all SPA and EPA non-faculty staff members.

A fund to create a scholarship that would benefit the family of WCU staff members began in 2003 with a $100 contribution from an anonymous Sylva resident.

Through fundraisers and contributions, the fund has grown to $10,000 – enough to generate a $500 annual scholarship for the family of SPA and non-faculty EPA staff members.

Staff Senate would like to grow the endowed fund to $20,000, which would generate an additional $500 annually for scholarships. Recipients are selected based on their involvement in activities, scholastic performance, financial need and personal essays about educational and career goals.

Find out how you can support the scholarship fund here or contact the Office of Development. Contributions can be made through monthly payroll deduction.

2007

Western Carolina University's Staff Senate congratulates Jer-Mayne White, the first recipient of the Staff Senate Scholarship, and her mother, Angela Smith, technology support analyst at WCU. Jer-Mayne is a sophomore forensic anthropology major from Asheville, and her mother, Angela, has worked at Western for two years.

“Cullowhee has always been my home away from home,” said Jer-Mayne, who remembers visiting campus as a child with extended family who worked at WCU long before her mother joined the staff. After graduating from Asheville High School, she attended Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., and began studying biology and psychology. Her goal was—and continues to be—to work in the field of forensic anthropology, a goal she set in seventh grade after seeing a National Geographic special about the body farm in Tennessee.

When her mother told her about Western’s plans to open a similar outdoor forensic anthropology research station, White became intrigued with WCU and the forensic anthropology program, and applied for admission. “The whole idea of a small personal school offering such educational amenities at an affordable price was amazing.”

Angela said she is proud and excited that her daughter is a student at Western. “I think our program here at WCU really directly offers what she needs to pursue the career she has been interested in for years, and I’m excited that she’s chosen to further her education at the university where I work. We’re thankful to the many people at Western who helped make this scholarship possible. It means a lot to both of us, and we know it will mean a lot to future recipients, too.”

HELP GROW THE SCHOLARSHIP

Staff Senate is an organization at WCU that represents the interests and concerns of all SPA and EPA non-faculty staff members.

A fund to create a scholarship that would benefit the family of WCU staff members began in 2003 with a $100 contribution from an anonymous Sylva resident.

Through fundraisers and contributions, the fund has grown to $10,000 – enough to generate a $500 annual scholarship for the family of SPA and non-faculty EPA staff members.

Staff Senate would like to grow the endowed fund to $20,000, which would generate an additional $500 annually for scholarships. Recipients are selected based on their involvement in activities, scholastic performance, financial need and personal essays about educational and career goals.

Find out how you can support the scholarship fund here or contact the Office of Development. Contributions can be made through monthly payroll deduction.

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