We strive to better the communities we call home. In support of that vision, our Spherion franchisees are overjoyed to announce that 2022 high school graduates Jacob Reeder, Elizabeth Wunderlich and Emma Schultz are winners of the 2022 Sandy Mazur Excellence in Leadership Scholarship!
Established in 2019, the scholarship was founded in honor of Spherion’s former president Sandy Mazur to support the future careers of people who demonstrate the qualities that Mazur embodied each day during her distinguished 18-year career at Spherion. Her unwavering passion to make a difference in the lives of others has resonated among the hundreds of local Spherion franchisees nationwide. Each year, the Spherion franchisee network comes together to celebrate Mazur’s impactful career by donating to the scholarship fund and keeping her “pay it forward” mentality at the forefront of the community.
“Every year, we are astounded by the incredible passion each scholarship applicant demonstrates toward bettering the world around them,” Mazur said. “In this third year of the scholarship, I am honored to continue empowering our franchisee network to get involved by supporting the future leaders in their home communities.”
The Spherion franchise community, led by franchisees Michael Chalmers and Beth DeLaney, coordinated with nonprofit The Richland County [Ohio] Foundation – which disburses grants for charitable organizations – to review hundreds of applicants and select finalists. From there, a group of franchise community representatives including Chalmers, DeLaney and Mazur chose the winners. With the names and locations removed, the group took into account each candidate’s personal academic and service achievements during their high school career and selected Reeder, Schultz, and Wunderlich as the three $2,500 scholarship recipients.
Each of the 2022 recipients plan to continue their education this fall. Reeder plans to study parks and recreation and sports management at the University of Arkansas. Schultz will pursue a dual degree in international business and marketing at Central Michigan University. Wunderlich will put her scholarship towards a degree in pediatric oncology at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
Celebrating the accomplishments and empowering the next generation of leaders to prepare for successful and fulfilling careers are just some of the ways Spherion lives the mantra of bettering the communities we serve. For more information about participating in meaningful philanthropy via a Spherion franchise, connect with our team today!