Program Manager Spotlight: Angela Harrison
Specialty: Career Training Application Process
Since joining Central Scholarship in 2006, Angela Harrison has been an integral part of the career training application and award process. She spends most of her time reading grant applications and interviewing applicants who are hoping to receive a scholarship.
What does your day-to-day look like?
It changes a lot throughout the year, except for managing our career training application and award process. I spend several days every month reading grant applications, evaluating documents, and interviewing students. In the spring and summer, after the application deadline for degree-seeking students, that’s pretty much all I do, all the time! After the student awards ceremony in August, I’m focused on student records, making scholarship payments, and preparing for our yearly audit. We do a lot of our community outreach in the fall and winter, like college fairs and our College Cash presentations. That’s also the time when I’m preparing data reports for our board and donors and updating our application for the coming year.
What is your favorite aspect of your role?
Reading applications and doing student interviews, no question. So many amazing people apply for our funding. I’m lucky to get to spend time getting to know them.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing our students go on to success and hearing their stories. That’s one reason I really enjoying working on our data reporting; it’s great to see those success stories translate into hard numbers over the years.
What careers have past recipients gone on to?
So many! We’ve funded teachers, social workers, engineers, computer programmers, doctors, nurses, truck drivers, lawyers, rabbis, therapists, writers, accountants, actors, professional musicians, and plumbers.
Thanks, Angie, for all your hard work and dedication!