Brittany Haskett, daughter of Tammy Haskett, director of orientation programs, and Mark Haskett, university photographer is recipient of the 2008 Staff Senate Scholarship.
The $500 scholarship is offered annually to help the children of non-faculty staff members afford to attend Western, and recipients are selected based on their involvement in activities, scholastic performance, financial need and personal essays about educational and career goals.
Haskett has been involved in volleyball, student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Spirit Club and volunteer service, and her awards include National Anthem and Spanish awards. She wants to earn a degree in construction management out of a desire to match her interest in construction with her commitment to helping people in need. Haskett was drawn to the field after volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and helping rebuild homes in Gulfport, Miss., as part of a hurricane relief effort.
"I had no idea that one hurricane could do so much damage,” she said. “When we drove through the town, everyone was silent.” In the following days, Haskett helped put a roof on a house for a young family. When she returned a year later, she helped build a house from the ground up. “The combination of helping out people in need and feeling the satisfaction of a job well done was inspiring to me,” said Haskett.
She chose WCU after meeting the construction management faculty and taking classes at Western as a dually enrolled student.
Her parents are grateful for the scholarships – and the people who have contributed to them – that make it easier for their daughter to pursue her dream in Cullowhee. “She will be living on campus and I’m sure she will love it as much as her father and I do,” said Tammy Haskett.
Mark Haskett said they were grateful to the many people who have supported the university through giving to funds such as the Staff Senate Scholarship.
"Brittany has practically grown up on the WCU campus,” he said. “She has accompanied me on hundreds of occasions as I photographed events and games on campus. She has been to Elderhostel events, alumni gatherings and orientation sessions with Tammy. Most recently, being selected to the cast of ‘The Music Man’ at WCU as a high school junior was quite the thrill for Brittany and really allowed her the opportunity to experience the campus on her own.”
Lisa Frady, chair of the Staff Senate Scholarship committee, encouraged other members of the campus community to make a contribution to the Staff Senate Scholarship Fund.
"We want to make sure the first-class education at WCU is affordable to the sons and daughters of the people who work here – to outstanding students such as Brittany Haskett,” said Frady. “It is our goal to increase the amount of the scholarship fund to include two awards, and that can only be possible with your help.”
HELP GROW THE SCHOLARSHIP
Staff Senate is an organization at WCU that represents the interests and concerns of all SPA and EPA non-faculty staff members.
A fund to create a scholarship that would benefit the family of WCU staff members began in 2003 with a $100 contribution from an anonymous Sylva resident.
Through fundraisers and contributions, the fund has grown to $10,000 – enough to generate a $500 annual scholarship for the family of SPA and non-faculty EPA staff members.
Staff Senate would like to grow the endowed fund to $20,000, which would generate an additional $500 annually for scholarships. Recipients are selected based on their involvement in activities, scholastic performance, financial need and personal essays about educational and career goals.