Scholarship workshop set July 9
Jefferson County ISU Extension & Outreach has partner with the Greater Jefferson County Foundation to present a free Scholarship Application Workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. July 9 at the Extension Office.
The workshop will be taught by Pat Thoma Wheeler of the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics at Weber State University, and will cover the basic essentials of properly completing a scholarship application: Questions asked on an application and how to answer those questions; the importance of having alumni recommendations; the importance of networking and much more.
Wheeler and her family sponsor the Jeanne Thoma Memorial Scholarship that is awarded annually through the Greater Jefferson County Foundation. Wheeler chooses the recipient who best meets the scholarship’s criteria. Often required information is missing, illegible or incomplete.
“Most of the time, applicants are being judged solely by their application,” said Wheeler. “That is often the only information a scholarship committee has on an applicant. If a student doesn’t take the time to submit a ‘quality’ application, not only is it a personal reflection on their professionalism, but it also makes it very difficult for a committee to view the student as a viable candidate,”
Also included in the workshop is “How to Write a Resume.” As coordinator of recruitment and career development for the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics at Weber State University, Wheeler sees this major workplace requirement lacking the proper information and criteria.
All students are encouraged to attend, especially 2015 graduating seniors, juniors, sophomores and college students.
In addition to being the coordinator of recruitment and career development, Wheeler currently is the advisor to the student SHRM Chapter at Weber State and the Goddard School Area Council and is the current president of the Utah MBA Consortium. In 2009, she received the Goddard School’s Outstanding Professional Award.
From 1981 to 2003, Wheeler was manager of corporate and education recruiting for all seven colleges at Weber State, where she built the recruiting program from 50 employers to one of national prominence.
Wheeler is past president of the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges & Employers. She was awarded the College Member of the Year by MPACE and the Outstanding Service Award. She is also a former fovernor for the National Association of College & Employers.
At Weber State, Wheeler has served as a board member for both the Wildcat and Gridiron boards of directors; is a two-time recipient of the university’s Crystal Crest “Friend of Student Award” and is a five-time recipient of the Outstanding Greek Advisor Award.
In the Ogden community, she serves as a board member of the Northern Utah Human Resource Association; was the first female member and president of the Ogden Lions Club; and a recipient of the Soroptimist International’s “Women Helping Women” award. She has served as a career consultant for the civilian workforce at Hill Air Force Base.
She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and has lived in Europe and Hawaii with her Air Force husband, prior to their arrival in Utah in 1980, but she still calls Fairfield “home.”
Wheeler is a graduate of Fairfield High School and has been inducted into the FHS Wall of Honor.