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Baylor Student Wins Major Human Resources Scholarship

Nov. 10, 2014

By Shelby Cozette

Headshot of Melanie PradaBaylor’s own Melanie Prada is this year’s recipient of the HR Southwest Conference (HRSWC) Excellence in Education Student Scholarship, which includes a $1,000 scholarship and the net proceeds from the HRSWC silent auction.

Award winners were selected based on their academic standing, involvement in their community and campus, and by recommendations from their professors, advisers and/or employers.

Prada’s journey to receiving the scholarship started with her attending Baylor’s spring 2014 Career Fair. After meeting employees at GuideStone Financial Resources, she was impressed by the company’s strong Christian foundation and decided to pursue a human resources (HR) internship with the company. While interning with GuideStone, she had the opportunity to network and make connections with several HR professionals, including Jennifer Covey, HRSWC’s college relations director. Covey brought Prada to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) luncheon in Dallas where she had the privilege of sitting with the board members of the Dallas chapter.

Prada says, “Many participants were overjoyed to see a student from Baylor getting involved in Dallas SHRM activities.”

Some of the luncheon attendees encouraged Prada to apply for scholarships available to students pursuing careers in human resources. With Prada’s new network of connections, she sought out recommendation letters and applied for the HRSWC Excellence in Education Scholarship. Prada says winning the scholarship was a blessing financially and professionally.

On the first day of the conference, she was introduced to all of the attendees during the opening ceremonies, which allowed her to build relationships with many HR professionals throughout the three-day conference. Prada says she is “extremely grateful for the doors Baylor opened for her.”

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