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EKU School of Business Student Receives BCA Scholarship

l-r: Engle, Sealey, and Strauel

Two Eastern Kentucky University students recently received the Allen D. Engle Scholarship from the Bluegrass Compensation Association. The $500 scholarship was awarded on August 22 during the year-end roundtable meeting of BCA members.

Senior Nicole Sealey from Parkersburg, W.V., and sophomore Chelsea Burke from Lexington, Ky., each received the award to continue their studies at EKU. The grant funds may be used to cover the costs of tuition, fees, books, room and board, or other educational expenses.

The scholarship is available to any Kentucky student with at least sophomore standing at an institution of higher learning either pursuing an education in human resources or currently employed in a human resource field.  According to Jennifer Strauel, current Bluegrass Compensation Association (BCA) President, typically only one scholarship is awarded each year. However, since the award was not given out last year, BCA chose to award two scholarships this year – one to a student of human resources (Nicole) and one to a student who works in human resources (Chelsea). 

Nicole Sealey is a senior management major pursuing a concentration in human resources who wants to pursue a Master’s degree in business and certification in HR after her graduation in the spring.  She has been an officer and active member of EKU’s Maroon SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) for over two years, demonstrating her desire to both learn and serve the profession of HR.  She has an exemplary academic record and was highly recommended by her professors who remarked on her leadership abilities, intelligence, self-motivation, and ability to successfully work with a wide variety of individuals. 

"This scholarship is a wonderful gift that will help me to continue to reach my educational and career goals," said Sealey.  After graduation next spring, her plans are to move back to West Virginia and continue her education in human resources by applying to the Master of Science in Industrial Relations program at West Virginia University.  She will also seek an entry level HR job and become a certified PHR.

Chelsea Burke is a sophomore philosophy major who has been employed as a student worker in EKU’s Human Resource department for two years.  In this capacity, she has demonstrated her ability to provide outstanding customer service, administer HR processes accurately and efficiently, and quickly learn HR terminology and concepts to apply in her daily work.  Chelsea is reliable, always willing to help, and maintains a positive attitude.  She would like to continue her studies through a PhD program after graduation from EKU.  With a mother and two sisters also in college this year, Chelsea also has the greatest financial need for a scholarship and this $500 will make a significant impact for her.  We feel that by continuing her education and work in HR Chelsea can contribute to the HR profession in a meaningful way.

"After graduation I hope to go straight off to graduate school to acquire a Master's degree and eventually a Doctorate of Philosophy," said Burke.  "This scholarship makes it a little bit easier to chase my dreams. Pursuing a doctorate will be expensive, so every bit of help counts."

This scholarship was created in honor of Dr. Allen D. Engle, one of the association’s founding members, to allow college students to explore the field of Human Resources in study and work in order to build future leaders in the profession.

The Bluegrass Compensation Association was founded in 1997 by area human resources professionals who had a desire to promote the professional practice of compensation and benefits management. It provides education programs, networking opportunities and access to information resources to a membership made up of professionals, managers and administrative staff from more than 30 top employers in Central Kentucky.

BCA is a local affiliate of WorldatWork, the world's leading not-for-profit professional association dedicated to knowledge leadership in compensation, benefits and total rewards. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork focuses on human resources disciplines associated with attracting, retaining and motivating employees.

Contact Information

Dr. Allen Engle, Sr.

Published on August 22, 2012

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