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EWI of Detroit-Windsor 2017 Scholarship Awards Presentation

May 10, 2017

Virginia Alan, Director-at-Large & 2017 Scholarship Committee Chair

Thank you for coming to celebrate our 2017 ASIST Scholarship Award Recipients.

I would also like add my thanks the scholarship committee (Joyce Weiss, Maria Sarkisian, Martha Grier, Cindy Nunnery) for their time and efforts in organizing this event:  A critical step in our scholarship program is reviewing and scoring the applications we receive and I like to acknowledge our judges. EWI member, Joyce Weiss and non-EWI members Ron Harmon of Henry Ford Health System, and Kevin Stanko of Blue Cross Blue Shield, unfortunately Kevin could not join us tonight.   Thank you, judges, your efforts are much appreciated.

Before I introduce our scholarship recipients, let me give you a brief summary of our scholarship program.  The acronym, ASIST stands for Adult Students in Scholastic Transition and defines our focus to help non-traditional adult students, both women and men, who are struggling through life changes, supporting family and going to college to provide a better life for all. They might be single parents, displaced workers, those with disabilities, or adults compelled to enter the workforce due to divorce or other tragedies. To be eligible for an ASIST scholarship, candidates must be able to define their career goals and meet the program’s educational and financial requirements.

Our Detroit-Windsor Chapter has distributed $53,000 in ASIST scholarships to deserving women over the past 9 years.  We have been able to provide these scholarships through the diligent work of our members, our fundraising events, and through the generous support of our members and of our member firms.  This year, we are able to award each recipient a grant of $1,100.

In addition, I’m happy to announce a special added benefit for our three recipients.  Joyce Weiss, Communication Strategist and Coach and EWI member, has offered each student a one-hour Career Coaching session.  Joyce will share her expertise in areas such as setting realistic goals, breaking down barriers or fears, interviewing successfully, speaking with confidence and building self-esteem — all topics that will help these students progress into the future. Thank you, Joyce, for this extraordinary gift.

Although the three women you about to meet come from different backgrounds and are on different career paths, they have many characteristics in common.

These students have shown the maturity to understand the importance of education and the courage to change direction in their lives to go back to school.

They have demonstrated resilience to overcome adversity to be able to focus on their studies and rise to the top of their class.

Also, they have the self-confidence to dream big and the perseverance to pursue those dreams.

Now, let me introduce our three scholarship recipients.

Nicole Blair is a full-time student at Wayne County Community College District with a GPA of 3.9.   She will graduate in June with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science. Then continue on in the summer semester to earn a certificate in cyber technology.  .Nicole is a single mother of a 3-year-old daughter.

In one of Nicole’s recommendation letters, lead instructor for the cyber security program at the college observed this about Nicole, “She is a very smart and driven student.  In the cyber security program, Nicole has stood out in sharing her extraordinary capacity to quickly understand advanced elements of information technology. She has the unique ability to apply that knowledge in an advanced way only expected from others with far greater experience.” Please congratulate Nicole.

Next is Tomikann Hatchett.  Tomikann is a work/study student at Wayne County Community College District with a GPA of 3.5.  She will graduate in August with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Then, Tamikann has a big decision to make.  She has been accepted to the University of Detroit Mercy and to Ferris State University, to earn her Bachelor’s Degree. Tomikann is married and has a 4 year old son.

One of Tomikann’s professors said of Tomikaan, she “demonstrates academic leadership in terms of being at the top of her class and unselfishly shares her gifts with those less talented.  She always treats her classmates and professors with respect and a ready smile.  She is a hard-working, intelligent, independent minded individual.  With her depth of knowledge, professionalism, level of commitment and people skills, this young lady is destined to go far in life.  Please congratulate Tomikann.

Jihnn Azzounza Jaidane.  Jihen is a full-time student at WCCCD in the Dental Hygiene Program with a GPA of 4.0.  She will graduate in 2018.  She is married with two sons, age 5 and 7.

Her professor speaks highly of Jihen.  She states that Jihen has excelled academically and clinically in both didactic and clinical courses since she began the program and has maintained a 4.0 average throughout.  She is extremely conscientious in every detail and always strives to do her best.  Jihen is well respected by her peers and was voted class president. In my opinion she would not only excel but also be a leader in any endeavor she puts her mind to.  Failure is not in her vocabulary!”  Please congratulate Jihen Azzouna Jaidane.

Congratulations to our scholarship award recipients.  We wish them much success in the future.  

Keynote Speaker

Leland Bassett
Chairman and CEO, Bassett & Bassett, Inc.

Topic:  Down the Rabbit Hole: Communication Survival Skills

Leland K. Bassett is chairman and CEO of Bassett & Bassett, Inc. Communication Managers and Counselors of Detroit and New York. He was a founding member of the CCAS Alumni Association, a past CCAS Alumni Association president and recipient of its Outstanding Alumni Award. He introduced the nation’s first corporate Strategic Communication Management department in the 1970’s, designed and taught the nation’s first graduate strategic communication management curriculum (at MSU CCAS) in the 1980’s and co-founded the first commercial communications arts & science-based communication professional services firm in 1986. Based in Detroit, Mich., Bassett is active as a professional services practitioner, guest lecturer and mentor to communication arts and sciences students.





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