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AQP Chapter Teams With Local ASQ Section to Award $1,000 Scholarship

Submitted by: JoKay Haberstok, AQP “Quest for Quality” chapter, Richland, WA.

The AQP “Quest for Quality” chapter, in conjunction with ASQ’s Columbia Basin Section (614), is pleased to announce its 2002 scholarship recipient is Bethany Tara Samuelson. The $1,000 award was presented at a joint dinner meeting on June 11.

Samuelson, who resides in Kennewick, WA, graduated from Richland High School. She’s attending Seattle Pacific University where she plans to major in pre-law. She was valedictorian of her class and was named a Washington State Scholar. She also received the Best Attorney Award three times in the past two years in mock-trial competitions.

This marked the third year the AQP chapter worked with the local ASQ section to review applications and award a scholarship to a deserving high school senior. This year there were nine applications from students attending seven different high schools in the area.

Students were asked to address the following in their written essays, which were limited to three single-spaced pages:

  • How can quality processes, tools, and techniques be used in the educational system to accomplish the following:

    a) Improve the educational environment for all students and teachers.

    b) Produce students who are well educated and prepared to either continue their higher education or enter the work force.

Applicants were also required to be specific about the kinds of tools (e.g., team building, communications, root cause analysis, comparisons, and benchmarking) they would recommend and why. Resources were provided, including Web addresses for ASQ, AQP, and other quality-related sites to assist students in researching materials for their essays.

A panel of AQP/ASQ-selected judges carefully reviewed each application. The team assigned an overall percentage score to each application. Then, individual and team scores were discussed and the award recipient was chosen using a team consensus process. Applications were evaluated using the following criteria: scholastics (25%), leadership and professional character (25%), and the written essay (50%).

Samuelson presented her essay at the dinner meeting. More information about the joint scholarship award and a copy of her essay are available on the chapter’s Web site at http://www.3-cities.com/~gates/AQPQuest.htm . Click on “Scholarship.”

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