AUSTIN, TX—January 2, 2015 Austin-based SaaS software provider ProjectManager.com announced the winner of their “Give me $1000 in 1 minute” video scholarship contest today. Alyssa Parr, an architecture student, is the official winner of the $1000 award in which entrants produced a one-minute video answering the statement: “A great project manager is someone who…” Entrants posted their videos to Instagram with the hashtag #pmscholarship. (See her winning video).
Originally from Maryland, Ms. Parr currently attends California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo where she is pursuing a degree in Architecture. She is also serving as Co-Project Manager of the Cal Poly Solar Decathlon, a US Department of Energy collegiate competition where global teams compete to design and build a net-zero energy efficient home. Ms. Parr credits this experience as central to her personal and professional goals.
“With this experience as a Co-Project manager on Solar Cal Poly,” Ms. Parr says, “I have overcome my fear of public speaking, gained more confidence in myself, learned to trust others way of completing tasks, and continue to develop a psychological understanding of everyone I talk to. Everyone perceives the world differently and to be a great project manager you must understand that. In my video, I said that a great project manager is someone who radiates positive energy to everyone in their team and has integrity. I believe these two traits are the foundation of a strong team.”
Ms. Parr plans to use the scholarship for school expenses and books.
She adds that winning the scholarship is also akin to giving “a huge thank you” to her parents for their support.
“We’re really thrilled to be able to offer scholarship opportunities to aspiring project managers,” says ProjectManager.com CEO and Founder Jason Westland. “A large focus of ProjectManager.com is to support the training of project managers, as well as provide software that supports project success.” He adds that he hopes to continue the scholarship program again next year.
Ms. Parr’s video was among the top 10 video entries with the most likes and was entered into a random drawing to select the winner. Scholarship winners needed to meet certain eligibility requirements, including being currently enrolled in a college or university, or scheduled to enroll in one by June 2015.
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