Nationwide Staffing Offices Commend Higher Education Seekers Demonstrating Excellence in Leadership

ATLANTA – Spherion announced today that its Sandy Mazur “Excellence in Leadership” Scholarship is now open for applications. Founded in honor of former President Sandy Mazur, who served an 18-year tenure at Spherion, the scholarship highlights her significant contributions to the company.

With the Sandy Mazur scholarship, Spherion aims to contribute to those seeking higher education who demonstrate the qualities that Mazur embodied each day. Her unwavering passion to make a difference in the lives of others has served as an example to the hundreds of local Spherion offices nationwide, inspiring them to contribute funds to the scholarship in her name. The application is open to anyone seeking secondary education, including college, technical or skilled training programs. In order to qualify, applicants must hold a GPA of 2.5 or above, be pursuing a continuing education program, and must reside in a county with a Spherion office. Financial need of the applicant will also be considered.

“The caliber of last year’s applicants absolutely blew us away, as did their unique and inspiring stories,” said Mazur. “Seeing how these individuals have adapted and overcome in the face of a global pandemic and continued to actively aid their communities is something we should always celebrate. It’s a privilege to be able to help them pursue their academic and career goals through the scholarship.”

2021 Sandy Mazur Excellence in Leadership scholarship winner Caleb Qiu poses with his scholarship check.

In 2020, the recipients chosen were Caleb Qiu and Lovenya Perry for their demonstration of leadership and excellence. Qiu is a tech wiz who taught middle schoolers mechanical, coding, and physics skills in a volunteer position alongside leading weekly STEM workshops aiding students in underserved communities. Additionally, he developed an app called CrossPaths to provide COVID-19 exposure notifications and is now utilizing the scholarship funds to pursue a Computer Science degree at the University of Michigan.

With more than 5,000 hours of community service during her high school years, Perry played an integral part in supporting both the Girl Scouts and Future Business Leaders of America organizations in her community. After inspiring many others with her service, she now attends Millikin University studying Biology.

2021 Sandy Mazur Excellence in Leadership scholarship winner Lovenya Perry poses with her scholarship check.

The Spherion Franchise Community, led by Michael Chalmers and Beth DeLaney, coordinated the online application with nonprofit The Richland County Foundation, which disburses grants for charitable organizations. The application will ask entrants to share examples of their community service and how they “pay it forward” in their lives. With names and locations removed, the Franchise Community will review the applicants and select the winner based on merit.

For more information or interested applicants, the Sandy Mazur Scholarship application is available online.

Click here to donate to the Sandy Mazur scholarship.


About Spherion

With more than 75 years of staffing and recruiting experience, Spherion stands out as a leader in the industry, leveraging the power of local to support its vast network of independent franchisees. True to its tagline, Let’s Get to Work, Spherion provides workforce solutions to more than 4,000 businesses nationwide across its more than 200 offices. With recent awards including recognition on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list and being named a top recruiting firm by Forbes, Spherion has a proven ability to cater to the ever-changing demands of America’s workforce. Backed by the global leader in human resources, Spherion is prepared to provide workforce solutions through its General Staffing franchise model and newly launched Professional IT model to even more job seekers and organizations.

About the Richland County Foundation

The Richland County Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, was established in 1945 as a way for individuals to pool and invest their gifts for the long-term good of Richland County and its residents.

The Foundation helps people in Richland County give back to their community by investing their gifts for charity wisely so that grants can be made to improve the quality of life for all the county’s citizens. Working together with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future.

For more information about the Richland County Foundation, please visit




Paige Ward

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