On May 12, 2016, our guest speaker, Dr. Luke Schultheis, Vice Provost of the Division of Strategic Enrollment Management at VCU, delivered an advice-packed speech to us, particularly relevant to the three EWISP scholarship winners heading off to college. His first words of advice “Do not switch majors!” It’s costly and time consuming and can divert your path to success. He told us to Stay SAFE, and introduced us to the meaning of the acronym SAFE. Social – find your passion, and you will find your friends and others like you with similar interests; Academic –use the wide array of resources available to you and research everything prior to going off to college. Talk to your advisors, neighbors, family and friends about your interests and use the career service office early; Families – referring how your role with your family will change while you are in school. He cautioned not to over commit while in school to other things, stay focused on school classes and studying, and enlist the support of your family and their understanding that your focus has changed during this period; and Economics – Be resourceful and a good consumer with your funds. He told us that loans are okay when they are used for education, but you need to have a budget and stick to it. Commit to completing your degree in four years. His advice was sound and a perfect way to send off our three EWISP Scholarship winners as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
The evening continued with the announcement and introduction of our three EWISP scholarship winners –Meredith Sutton (Lee-David High School), Van Tran (Cosby High School) and Taliah Connor (Henrico High School). Each winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship from EWI of Richmond to assist them in funding their education. These three young ladies demonstrated outstanding business and leadership potential, and career plans include a four year degree. The decision was a tough one with so many deserving applicants, but our three judges – Janet Broadway, Director of Human Resouces, Richard Carlton, Human Resources Director at Cobb Technologies, and Sandy Hundley, Vice President of Harris Heating and Plumbing, narrowed the field down to the winners. Meredith Sutton’s application was also selected to be sent to EWI Corporate for consideration of an additional scholarship for up to $10,000. Good luck Meredith!
Special thanks to our three judges and the EWISP committee for making this night possible for our winners!