Hard work not only pays off, but pays big.
The Faculty Student Association (FSA) is once again offering $2,500 in scholarship funds to student employees. Exclusive to FSA and Campus Dining, this scholarship will be awarded to five students who demonstrate exemplary leadership abilities and offer exceptional service to their peers.
The scholarship, established during the Fall 2015 semester, evaluates student employees on their achievements in the workplace. Students must explain how the skills they learned on the job would be applicable to a future career. Recipients are awarded $500 each.
Previous honorees from the Spring 2016 semester include:
- Joseph Bocchino, Class of 2019, Psychology Major
- Julie Fithian, Class of 2016, Marine Vertebrate Biology Major
- Anngy Grajales, Class of 2016, Psychology Major
- Brandon Loo, Class of 2018, Environmental Design, Planning and Policy (EDP) Major
- Jacob Socha, Class of 2018, Psychology Major
A Recognition for Student’s Workplace Accomplishments
Scholarship recipients are “recognized for their hard work and dedication, and for their commitment to helping FSA achieve its ongoing mission to enhance campus life for students,” said Dawn Villacci, FSA’s Manager of Assessment and Training.
The scholarship was created by a group of FSA student interns during Summer 2015. While working to develop ways to increase student employee retention, the interns discovered that most student employees wanted to be recognized for their workplace accomplishments in the form of financial assistance.
Brandon Loo, a student manager at Jasmine and Spring 2016 scholarship recipient, explained how his FSA employment helped him grow: “I feel that all of the challenges, responsibilities and skills that I learned about and experienced played a factor in my maturity. By now, it’s obvious that I don’t have the same insecurity or doubts that I had my freshman year. The skills I learned included improvements in team leadership, customer service, time management, efficiency and stress management.”
Anngy Grajales, a Spring 2016 scholarship recipient, echoed the sentiment: “There’s so much that I’ve learned both through my experience with Campus Dining and my internship with FSA. I’ve learned how to better interact with people in order to ensure that their needs are met…. I was able to further develop working as part of a team instead of working on my own, which I previously was most comfortable with.”
How to Qualify for the Scholarship
To qualify for the scholarship, students must have worked within FSA or Campus Dining for a minimum of two semesters and worked at least 10 hours a week during each semester. Applicants are evaluated on their achievements in the workplace and an explanation of how these achievements are transferrable to a future career. A written personal statement including this explanation and the applicant’s plans after graduation, as well as a letter of recommendation from their manager, is required.