FAIRFAX, Va. –- The National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) affiliate organization Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM), is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2011 PWIPM Scholarship is Sara McKinney, marketing director for Action Pest Control in Evansville, Ind.
“I didn’t grow up around the family pest control business; I didn’t play with bugs as a kid; and, if you would have asked me where I saw myself five years ago, it most certainly would not have been in the pest management industry. But, four and a half years ago, I had a job interview that changed my life,” said McKinney in her scholarship essay.
"PWIPM is extremely proud to offer our annual scholarship to Sarah," said Jennifer Leggett, the Chairwoman of PWIPM. "It is especially rewarding to know that we are not only assisting a student who might not otherwise be able to continue his or her studies but also helping lay the groundwork for the future generation of female pest management professionals."
“I started working at Action as a sales assistant and pursuing my marketing degree in the evenings. I didn’t know that I would have an office full of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Giant African Millipedes, a Rose Haired Tarantula, and live crickets to feed it. I also didn’t know that I’d stay up until midnight dry-roasting crickets so they could be covered in chocolate for my next visit with a children’s museum – and love every minute of it. And, I certainly didn’t know then that this industry would provide me the opportunities that it has,” she continued.
“When you come to work ready to make a difference and leave at the end of the day feeling like you have, you know you’ve hit the jackpot.”
As the recipient of the annual scholarship, McKinney received funding to further her career, as well as a trip to New Orleans for PestWorld 2011.
The PWIPM Annual Scholarship is for women interested in advancing or securing a career in the pest management industry. The recipient(s) may use the scholarship to defer costs related to advancing their education and/or career in the pest management industry.
PWIPM is an affiliate group of the National Pest Management Association that attracts, develops and supports women in the pest management industry through educational programs, resources, and peer networking at the national and local level.