Brittney Parker, a 2016 graduate of the Haslam College of Business, was awarded the Joseph P. Goddard scholarship on Sept. 15 at the Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management’s annual conference.
Parker, who holds a bachelor’s degree in management with a collateral in information management, will apply the $4,000 award toward her graduate studies. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human resource management from Haslam.
“Deciding to pursue graduate school was the first large financial decision I’ve had to make where I would be solely responsible for the cost,” Parker said. “With the help from my incredible friends and family plus my own personal savings, and now with the Joseph P. Goddard scholarship, my goal of achieving a master’s degree debt-free can be accomplished.”
Parker expressed gratitude to Debbie Mackey, distinguished lecturer, director of the Human Resource Management master’s degree program and SHRM faculty advisor, for helping her secure the scholarship.
“Dr. Mackey introduced me to human resources and helped me get involved with our local SHRM Chapter, where I’ve held an officer title for two years,” Parker said. “She also matched me with both of my internships, encouraged me to pursue graduate studies and offered support and advice.”
Mackey said the scholarship selection committee looked at applicants’ commitment to the profession of human resource management and their involvement with the local students’ chapter of the SHRM.
“Brittney has been an asset to our program, her internships and the Society for Human Resource Management,” Mackey said.