Brittany Haskett, a 2008 graduate of Smoky Mountain High School, won scholarships including three specifically for Western Carolina University students – the Staff Forum Scholarship, Deborah J. Bardo Employee Scholarship and a Kimmel Foundation Scholarship.
Haskett of Sylva is the daughter of Tammy Haskett, director of orientation programs at WCU, and Mark Haskett, university photographer, which made her eligible for the $500 Staff Forum and the $700 Bardo scholarships. The Kimmel scholarship, worth $5,000, helps students majoring in construction management at WCU’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.
Haskett chose to major in construction management after spending time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and helping rebuild homes in Gulfport, Miss., (pictured below left) as part of a hurricane relief effort.
“I had no idea that one hurricane could do so much damage,” she said. “When we drove through the town, everyone was silent.”
In the following days, Haskett helped put a roof on a house for a young family. When she returned a year later, she helped build a house from the ground up.
“The combination of helping out people in need and feeling the satisfaction of a job well done was inspiring to me,” said Haskett. “I want to help people in need.”
She chose WCU after meeting the construction management faculty and taking classes at Western as a dually enrolled student at Smoky Mountain High School and WCU.
“I am looking forward to finally calling myself a Catamount,” said Haskett.
Her parents say they too are grateful for the scholarships that make it easier for their daughter to pursue her dream at Western, where they both earned their degrees. Tammy Haskett graduated in 1984, and Mark Haskett graduated in 1987.
“Brittany will be living on campus and I’m sure she will love it as much as her father and I do,” said Tammy Haskett.