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UHV students win scholarships for strong work ethic

July 27, 2013 at 2:27 a.m.

Cindy Pham

University of Houston-Victoria students Katie Vianes and Cindy Ngoc Pham know that working while going to school is an important part of preparing them for future careers.

They were recognized for their work ethic after being nominated by their employers for a UHV Student Worker of the Year award. Each won a $500 scholarship.

The scholarships were awarded by UHV Career Services for the third year as a way to emphasize the importance of a good work ethic and how work experience contributes to the overall education process. Career Services helps connect area employers with UHV students looking for work.

A UHV selection committee reviewed the nominations to select one student recipient with a job in the community and one student recipient who works on campus.

The committee evaluated whether the nominees were self-motivated, honest, punctual, disciplined, ethical and possessed a positive and proactive attitude.

"Both students show what it truly means to be self-motivated," said Eunice Mesa, UHV Career Services manager. "They have found a way to balance their school and work - a trait that is important in the workforce."

Vianes, a junior communications major, knows that her job as a Best Buy Mobile representative will help her in her future career as a sales or pharmaceutical representative.

"I enjoy meeting different people and getting to talk to them," she said. "I think my sales experience with Best Buy will be a big asset to my career once I graduate from UHV."

Pham found a way to balance her school work as a Master of Business Administration student with her job as a graduate assistant for the UHV School of Business Administration.

"The work I do for the business school, I do from my heart," Pham said. "I enjoy what I do and have learned a lot from working here."

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