HighTouch scholarship recipient, Erica Millspaugh, to graduate debt-free

Erica Millspaugh

Erica Millspaugh, a WSU senior majoring in marketing and management information systems (MIS), accepts a $10,000 scholarship from HighTouch Technologies in August 2012.

For Erica Millspaugh the HighTouch scholarship gave her the opportunity to focus more on school and develop connections with professionals in her field of study. 

   “(The) connection HighTouch has with WSU has been incredible even after I won,” Millspaugh said. “They would make time for me and that is a value to me.”

   HighTouch Technologies provides technical solutions such as Web design and firewalls to mid-size companies in all 50 states and seven countries worldwide. It employs more than 200 employees, including several alumni from WSU.

   Millspaugh, a senior majoring in marketing and management information systems (MIS), was the third recipient to receive the HighTouch MIS Scholarship since it began awarding in 2010. She was given a $10,000 scholarship toward the completion of her degree. 

   Before receiving the scholarship, Millspaugh had two full-time jobs and worked 60 hours per week during the summer and 45 hours weekly during the semester while she took 18 credit hours, a schedule daunting to most non-students. 

   Now, Millspaugh visits HighTouch frequently to work on projects and make connections with employees — resources unavailable to her classmates.

Erica Millspaugh

Erica Millspaugh, a WSU senior majoring in marketing and management information systems (MIS), was the third recipient to receive the HighTouch MIS Scholarship since it began awarding in 2010.

   “Last year I was able to interview one of their marketing coordinators in order to obtain information concerning social media for a project for my networking and data communications class,” Millspaugh said. “This year, I connected with a head systems engineer at HighTouch who has helped (my group) with a project on a particular networking product."

   Millspaugh had recently added MIS as a second major when she heard about the scholarship and she was hesitant to apply based on her minimal experience. Once she submitted an application, personal statement and resume, she was invited as one of four finalists to their corporate office for an interview and presentation in front of several executives from HighTouch and a WSU professor, Achita Muthitacharoen.

   “Erica has very strong qualifications and was very prepared for her presentation,” Muthitacharoen said. “I believe that I can attest for everyone that she made everyone in the room feel that we were having a conversation, not just listening to a presentation.”

“(The) connection HighTouch has with WSU has been incredible even after I won. They would make time for me and that is a value to me.”

- Erica Millspaugh

   On top of her work and school commitments, Millspaugh has been an active participant in Barton International Group (BIG) since 2009, an elite student-run enterprise from the W. Frank Barton School of Business at WSU.

   With BIG, Millspaugh had the opportunity to travel to Miami, China, France, Dallas and Los Angeles, and in the fall of 2011 she studied in France for a semester.

   “I want to find a job where I can travel…and that incorporates creativity and technology,” Millspaugh said. 

   Millspaugh currently works at Value Place LLC as a market research analyst and plans to take no more than 12 credit hours the next two semesters until she graduates in December.
 

circle arrow If you would like to establish a scholarship to help deserving business students, please contact Angela Dudley, WSU Foundation director of development for the W. Frank Barton School of Business, at (316) 978-3837 or at angela.dudley@wichita.edu.

 
 
 
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