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Six USC Upstate Students Participate in SHRA Student Partnership Program; Two Win $500 Scholarship

10- 27- 2006

Spartanburg, S.C. -- The Spartanburg Human Resource Association (SHRA) offered area college students the opportunity to learn what it is like to work in Human Resources.  Six students from the University of South Carolina Upstate visited area companies where they were hosted by area human resource professionals and were able to observe first hand, what goes on in a busy HR office. 

Erica Sanders, a communication major visited Mack Molding; Tameca Smith, a business/management major visited Spartanburg Regional Medical Center; Lashaun Tucker, a business/marketing major visited Diversco; Tamara Thompson, a business/management major visited Barnet Polymers; April Carr, a business/marketing major visited National Starch and Chemical Company; and Emily Pye, a business/management major visited First National Bank.

Students were paired with employers by Barbara Bishop, SHRA Board Member who coordinated the event for the Spartanburg Chapter. Betty Guzzo, SPHR, USC Upstate Career Center, worked with faculty and students at USC Upstate to promote the event.

In addition to the site visits, the National Society for Human Resource Management, SHRM, the SHRA Spartanburg Chapter #077, provided two $500 scholarship awards to students.  Several students prepared a 500-word essay, completed an application and obtained letters of professional and academic reference in order to be considered for the $500 scholarship.  The winners were announced at the SHRA Meeting on October 12. 

USC Upstate students Tameca Smith and Emily Pye were the winners of the scholarship awards. Tameca Smith, a senior from Mauldin, plans to attend graduate school to continue her interest in a career in management accounting.  Emily Pye, a senior from Boiling Springs, plans to pursue a career in human resource recruiting when she graduates in May 2007.  Both Smith and Pye are students in the School of Business Administration and Economics. 

“We thank the professionals on the board of the Spartanburg Human Resource Association who sponsored this award, the National Society of Human Resource Management who provided a matching $250 for the scholarship, USC faculty who prepared and supported our students, and all the company representatives from the area who took time away from their hectic schedules to mentor a student,” said Guzzo.