Last September, a new scholarship endowed by Marilyn Sackett was announced. We’re proud to reveal the recipient of the Marilyn Sackett Leadership Scholarship.
Congratulations to Darcy Willis, M.S.Ed., R.T.(R)(CT)! As a current faculty member of a radiography program and a department chair at Madison College’s School of Health Sciences in Wisconsin, Willis is also working on her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. She will be using the scholarship to pay for her tuition and continue pursuing leadership courses to achieve a managerial role.
“I would like to thank you for selecting me for the Marilyn Sackett Leadership Scholarship. It is quite the honor to be selected for this leadership scholarship,” said Willis. “Not only do I consider myself to be a life-long learner, but an individual with a desire to grow my leadership development through education and experience. Thank you again for your contribution in growing future leaders in medical imaging and education.”
To be considered for the scholarship, applicants needed to provide a few things. The desired outcome of the program, as well as a timeline and the methodology of the project was to be submitted with a completion deadline of no more than 3 months. Applicants also needed to recruit a mentor, who would sign off on the project summary at the end of the deadline.
Marilyn Sackett, M.Ed., R.T.(R), FASRT, who is the founder and president of Advanced Health Education Center, LLC, created the program to encourage more leadership from R.T.s. Marilyn, who spent more than 50 years as a radiologic technologist, holds the belief that leadership advances medical imaging. This idea prompted her to create a scholarship designed to help bridge the gap between young professionals and their more experienced peers. Generally, new ASRT Awards have a 3-year maturity period before the Award becomes available. Marilyn did not want to wait for 3 years to begin this important work and secured additional funds to be able to offer the scholarship in 18 months.
“As I grow, I have learned that whether mastering your skills in a selected discipline, pursuing additional credentials, seeking a degree or transitioning into a management role, we need to take time and enjoy the journey,” said Willis. We are excited to watch Darcy Willis grow as a professional, and we appreciate her continued focus on developing her leadership skills and her devotion to the profession.