Two EKU Students Receive Engle Scholarship from Bluegrass Compensation Association

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Two Eastern Kentucky University students recently received the Allen D. Engle Scholarship from the Bluegrass Compensation Association. The $500 scholarship was awarded during the year-end roundtable meeting of BCA members.

Senior Nicole Sealey, Parkersburg, W.Va., and sophomore Chelsea Burke, Lexington, each received the award to continue their studies at EKU. The grant funds may be used to cover tuition, fees, books, room and board, or other educational expenses.

The scholarship is available to any Kentucky student with at least sophomore standing at an institution of higher learning either pursuing a degree in human resources or currently employed in a human resources field. According to BCA President Jennifer Strauel, typically only one scholarship is awarded each year. However, since the award was not given last year, BCA chose to award two scholarships this year – one to a student in human resources (Sealey) and another to a student who works in human resources (Burke).

Sealey, a management major pursuing a concentration in human resources, wants to pursue a master’s degree in business and certification in HR after her graduation in the spring.  She has been an officer and active member of EKU’s Maroon SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) for more than two years, demonstrating her desire to both learn and serve the profession of HR.  She has an exemplary academic record and was highly recommended by her professors, who cited her leadership abilities, intelligence, self-motivation, and ability to successfully work with a wide variety of individuals.

"This scholarship is a wonderful gift that will help me to continue to reach my educational and career goals," said Sealey. After graduation next spring, she plans to move back to West Virginia and continue her education in human resources by applying to a graduate program in industrial relations at West Virginia University. She will also seek an entry level HR job and become a certified PHR.

Burke, a philosophy major, has been employed as a student worker in EKU’s Human Resources office for two years. Supervisors have cited her ability to provide outstanding customer service, administer HR processes accurately and efficiently, and quickly learn HR terminology and concepts to apply in her daily work. She would like to continue her studies through a doctoral program after graduation. 

"After graduation I hope to go straight off to graduate school to acquire a master's degree and eventually a Doctorate of Philosophy," Burke said.  "This scholarship makes it a little bit easier to chase my dreams. Pursuing a doctorate will be expensive, so every bit of help counts."

The scholarship was created in honor of EKU management professor Dr. Allen D. Engle, one of the association’s founding members, to allow college students to explore the field of human resources in study and work in order to build future leaders in the profession.

The Bluegrass Compensation Association was founded in 1997 by area human resources professionals who had a desire to promote the professional practice of compensation and benefits management. It provides education programs, networking opportunities and access to information resources to a membership made up of professionals, managers and administrative staff from more than 30 top employers in Central Kentucky.

BCA is a local affiliate of WorldatWork, the world's leading not-for-profit professional association dedicated to knowledge leadership in compensation, benefits and total rewards. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork focuses on human resources disciplines associated with attracting, retaining and motivating employees.

Published on August 28, 2012