ASQ - Team and Workplace Excellence Forum

Online Edition — August 2003

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Changing Attitudes and Accelerating Change
Coaching and Performance Reviews—Time for Some Changes
Leading Wholeheartedly: A Quality Approach
Negotiating for Quality
Looking Toward the Future

In A Nutshell
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Local Scholarships Awarded

Catherine Mary Sampson, recipient of the $1000 scholarship, receives her award (left to right: Sam Shick, AQP Scholarship team chair; Sampson; and her parents, Mark and Anne Sampson).

On June 10, the newly merged AQP “Quest for Quality” Chapter 122 and ASQ Columbia Basin Section 614 announced two 2003 scholarship recipients at their joint dinner meeting. Catherine Mary Sampson received a $1,000 award and Sahar Zuberi was given a $750 award.

Sampson, who resides in Richland, WA, graduated from Richland High School this year. She will attend Western Washington University in Bellingham where she plans a double major in theater and business. She earned a G.P.A. of 3.9 and is listed in “Who’s Who Among American High School Students.” She is a member of several scholastic and other groups, including the tennis team, Key Club, National Honor Society, Natural Helpers, SHOUT, and Academy of Children’s Theater. Her volunteer activities included working with the Humane Society, Pet Over-Population Prevention, Salvation Army, Walk for Diabetes, church usher, and community theater.

Sam Schick, Scholarship team chair, presents the $750 award to Sahar Zuberi (left to right: Sam Shick; Zuberi; and her mother, Shaila Zuberi).

Zuberi also graduated from Richland High School. She plans to attend Washington State University in Pullman and major in pharmacy. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Toastmasters, Future Business Leaders of America, and SHOUT. She won the National Management Association (NMA) speech contest at the chapter, council, and regional levels. She also took top honors in the Veterans of Foreign Wars patriotic essay contest at the post, district, state, and national levels, and had an opportunity to meet with President Bush at a White House ceremony. Her community/volunteer activities include CONTACT USA Teen Crisis Line, Kadlec Medical Center, and church youth group.

This marks the fourth year the local AQP and ASQ organizations have teamed to review applications and award scholarships to deserving high school seniors. This year there were several applications from students attending various high schools in the local area.

A panel of AQP/ASQ-selected judges carefully reviewed each application. The evaluation criteria address scholastics (25%), leadership and professional character (25%), and a written essay (50%). The team assigned an overall percentage score to each application. Individual and team scores were discussed, and the award recipient was selected by means of a team consensus process.

Students addressed 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 asked 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 AQP, ASQ, and other quality-related sites to assist students in researching materials for their essays.

Sampson presented her essay at the meeting, which also featured special guest speaker Saundra Hill, superintendent of the nearby Pasco School District.

More information about the scholarship award program and a copy of Sampson’s essay are available at .

—JoKay Haberstok

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