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AIEF Announces 2017 Scholar Program Recipients

Nov 02, 2017

Access and the ARMA International Educational Foundation recently announced the 2017 recipients of the Access Leadership Scholar Program. They are Brett Wise of North Carolina and James Carpenter of Florida.

In June 2017, both organizations extended the Access Leadership Scholars Program, committing to another three years and $25,000 with awards to be made in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Wise serves as director of Records and Information Management (RIM) at the American Board of Pediatrics. He is enrolled in the Harvard University Extension School, working on a Masters in liberal arts with a focus on information management systems. He receives a $6,000 award.

“This generous award will ease the financial challenges that come with being a mid-career information management professional and student – balancing graduate courses, a full-time position, and professional commitments, as well as raising a family," he said. "The degree that this scholarship goes towards will allow me to further develop and apply my professional knowledge and skills within the field of RIM, especially in the broad area of information technology, which plays an ever-increasing foundational role for our profession. Thank you to the Foundation and Access!”

Carpenter is a records assistant at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. He is enrolled in the Masters in Archives and Records Management program at San Jose State University. He receives a $2,000 award.

Carpenter had this to say: “Receiving this award has only enhanced my motivation to continue to pursue my goal of obtaining a CRM designation and a successful career as an RIM professional…thanks to AIEF, Access, the scholarship committee, San Jose State University, the MARA program, and all my fellow classmates and professors who have offered their unwavering support and guidance. A very special thank you to Dr. Lisa Daulby, professor, SJSU iSchool, and to Irene Oria, special counsel, Stroock.”

Access Chief Executive Officer Rob Alston said, “Access is thrilled that the scholarship program has elicited so much interest and attracted so many highly qualified applicants. We are proud to be part of the ongoing growth of the RIM profession and to be able to support RIM professionals like Brett and James as they advance their careers. Access looks forward to continuing to foster and support the RIM community for many years to come.”

Mike Smith, chair of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation, stated that “The 14 applications received in this fourth year of the Access Leadership Scholars Program make it clear that the program is meeting a real need in the RIM community. Recipients represent a broad spectrum of industries and organizations, including the American Board of Pediatrics, a major law firm, Phillips 66, Booz Allen Hamilton, Sealy & Co., Nova Southeastern University, and Houston Community College. This program has enabled larger scholarships, making a real difference in the upward mobility for talented people held back by the lack of a degree.”

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