DPS Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

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DPS Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

September 5, 2018

Houston, TX - (09/05/18) Dean’s Professional Services announces Ms. Sha’Kendra Brisco and Ms. Brianna Love as the 2018 Gregory Dewayne Smith Memorial Scholarship Winners. Ms. Brisco and Ms. Love accepted their awards from Dean’s Professional Services on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Ms. Sha’Kendra Brisco is currently a freshman at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. Her exceptional volunteer experience includes over 109 hours of logged community service. Ms. Brisco is known to work hard in the classroom, demonstrate professionalism at her places of employment and truly understands that pursuing a higher education will open many doors for her. Ms. Brisco stated that “Participating in outside activities and being active in my community allowed me to remind myself to stay humble, to do the right things, and to never forget where I am from.”

Ms. Brisco also stated that the scholarship will help her achieve her goal of completing the nursing program she is currently enrolled in. Her plan is to be able to give back to her community and spread her knowledge just as the people in her environment did for her. She hopes to be able to give those around her something more to look up to.

Ms. Briana Love is an undergraduate at Wellesley College pursuing a degree in Architecture and Applied Geosystems Sciences. Her enthusiasm in her studies lays in designing and engineering a fluid and sustainable world. Her impressive volunteer experience with over 393 hours logged throughout her high school career, and expanded further during her college tenure by volunteering teaching elementary children and exposing them to diverse cultures and arts outside of their everyday life. During her first summer of college, she also interned at the San Antonio Zoo field researching and leading an educational outreach program. The second summer she interned at the University of Cabo Verde designing a water quality and level monitoring system.

Brianna hopes that the scholarship will help her in continuing her education for innovating, engineering, researching, and designing water reclamation systems and sustainable energy solutions for cities across the world. This upcoming semester she will continue researching lead remediation for communities by finding ways to integrate her solution into the prototype from her recent internship at the University of Cabo Verde.

The Gregory Dewayne Smith Memorial Scholarship is open to students who have completed 100 hours of community service within 24 months prior to the date of his/her submission. Community service must be verifiable with letters of recommendation and contact information. Each student must also submit a 500 word essay titled "What I Am Doing to Make a Difference in My Community". Two recipients are awarded a $500 scholarship.

This scholarship is in honor of Gregory Dewayne Smith, a board member for Dean's Professional Services who lost a battle with pneumonia in early 2011. Jennifer Dean, President and CEO of Dean's Professional Services is quoted as stating "The student chosen to receive this scholarship should possess the same passion for change that Mr. Gregory Dewayne Smith possessed".

Dean's Professional Services is a national and award-winning staffing, staff development, and consulting company. DPS was named one of the Best and Brightest Companies to work for in Houston 2017, taking home the Houston’s Best Company’s to Work For award. In 2017, DPS Founder & President, Mrs. Jennifer Dean, was nominated for the Women Who Mean Business Award by the Houston Business Journal. Since 1999, Dean's Professional Services has ranked among the largest permanent placement, largest area temporary placement, largest minority owned, and the Fast 100 by the Houston Business Journal. In 2009, Dean's Professional Services became a Joint Commission Certified Health Care Staffing Service.

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