$7,500 Awarded in Scholarships to High School Students Seeking Higher Education


ATLANTA, Ga. – The Spherion Staffing and Recruiting (Spherion) franchise community announced today that 2022 high school graduates Jacob Reeder, Elizabeth Wunderlich and Emma Schultz are the three winners of its annual Sandy Mazur Excellence in Leadership Scholarship. The three $2,500 scholarships, created in honor of former Spherion President Sandy Mazur, highlight the contributions made during Mazur’s distinguished 18-year career at Spherion.

Through academic and service achievements, Reeder, Wunderlich and Schultz have all made significant contributions to benefit their respective communities. The three winners embody the qualities of leadership, excellence and passion that distinguished Mazur’s legacy at Spherion, earning them each $2,500 to put towards their continued education. 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 their community.

Video still of Jacob Reeder, scholarship winner

“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.”

Video still of Emma Schultz, scholarship winner

The Spherion franchise community, led by franchisees Michael Chalmers and Beth DeLaney, coordinated with nonprofit The Richland County Foundation – which disburses grants for charitable organizations – to review hundreds of applicants and choose the 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 reviewed the applicants and, solely based on their merits, selected Reeder, Wunderlich and Schultz as the 2022 scholarship recipients.

Video still of Elizabeth Wunderlich, Scholarship WInner

“Sandy has been an integral part of our network’s community-focused mission, and this scholarship is an excellent reminder of her incredible contributions to Spherion,” said Rebecca Rogers Tijerino, president of Spherion. “We are thrilled to celebrate Jacob, Elizabeth and Emma this year, each of whom exemplifies the qualities that make for selfless future leaders.”

The annual Sandy Mazur Scholarship honors graduating high school students who best represent the qualities of excellence, leadership and passion that Mazur put forth daily during her tenure at Spherion. Her willingness to “go the extra mile” for others has inspired the network of franchise owners to donate funds in her name and celebrate graduates aspiring to further their education with college, technical or skilled training. 

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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 https://www.richlandcountyfoundation.org/.



Alex Hopkins

All Points Public Relations

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