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 and in partnership with the Richland County Foundation, highlight the contributions made during Mazur’s distinguished 18-year career at Spherion.
“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 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 of five reviewed the applicants and, solely based on their merits, selected Reeder, Wunderlich and Schultz as the 2022 scholarship recipients.
“We are so grateful for our partnership with the Richland County Foundation and its ability to help us celebrate the merits of several inspiring graduates each year,” said Beth DeLaney, franchise owner of Spherion Mid Ohio. “When we first began our partnership with the foundation, it was clear that we shared a mission of giveback, and our collective dedication to the scholarship has made it possible to continue celebrating Sandy’s legacy each day.”
The annual 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.
Through achievements in service and academics, 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.
For more information about the Sandy Mazur Excellence in Leadership Scholarship, visit spherion.com/scholarship.
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/.