Avianna exemplifies the true Honor Society spirit by getting herself into multiple, valuable on-campus societies as quickly as possible and growing from there. Congratulations to Avianna!
“Growing up in a single parent and army veteran home, I learned the value of hard work and dedication. I was raised and single-handedly supported by a strong, well-educated mother of three children. She taught us how to rely on the empowerment of education, which continuously challenges and enables me to break through many barriers and open doors. I am currently studying Business Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management at the University of Memphis. My dream is to become the Director of Human Resources within a major corporation.I’m determined to devote my education to help change the world and to build stronger communities and families, by fighting to end discrimination,and fighting to end EEO and Civil Rights violations in the workplace. While my family supports my ambitions, we cannot afford UM’s yearly total cost of attendance.
My mother provides a modest income, and at the same time, struggles to pay off graduate student loan debts of her own.The majority of my current freshman-year funding solution is student and parent loans to cover U of M’s over $24,000 cost of attendance.This Honor Society Scholarship has served to assist in helping me to realize my dreams, and to also avoid a future of massive student loan debt; a blessing for which I am forever grateful and appreciative, and one that I will not hesitate to pay forward. My plan is to achieve the best college education and experience possible, through maintaining a highly successful academic standing, optimum mentorships, relationships, and networking. As a freshman year student, I have already started positioning myself to take advantage of quality professional and personal development programs, as I am a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Our chapter provides an opportunity for local members to develop leadership skills and to focus on current HR management issues. In addition, I have volunteered to serve the homeless during U of M Alternative Break Experience 2020, a community service event which each volunteer dedicates his or her time the entire spring break to serve one of eight worthy causes.The Business Management program offers a curriculum that will allow me to successfully pursue and achieve my Human Resource Management aspirations. In researching my college options, I chose the University of Memphis for several reasons. It has one of the top business schools in the country, holding business elite accreditation honors earned by less than 5% of business schools world-wide. It also provides a strong community foundation and presence.
The University of Memphis provides a connection with the community that other college campuses lack, such as our strong collaboration with St. Jude, Holiday-Inn, and FedEx. I plan to bring valuable qualities– such as teamwork and collaboration, talent to lead and motivate change, a positive attitude, emotional intelligence, and a sense of equality–to the human resource management field. I believe that one day my education will inform my ability to empower unity among employees, build stronger and more sustainable D&I programs, and lead the way in establishing accountability for discrimination practices.”