MBA Education Path to Diversity Scholar Profile: Jessica Dehoux
(One in a continuing series of profiles of participants in the MBA Education Path to Diversity (P2D) Scholarship Program, which enables employees from diverse backgrounds to advance their professional growth and career development.)
Jessica Dehoux is a Mortgage Loan Officer for Chesapeake Bank, Kilmarnock, Va. She has an Associates’ Degree in Business Management and an Accounting Certificate from Rappahannock Community College. She has completed the MBA Education School of Loan Origination and School of Mortgage Banking I. She started her banking career in 2008; she has been in the mortgage lending industry for six years and in her current position as Loan Officer for 2.5 years.
“I am very passionate about serving and volunteering for the community that I live and work in and Chesapeake Bank is a huge supporter of this as well. I am a proud member of the Mathews Rotary Club serving on several committees. I am heavily involved in the many community service acts and projects that we do all throughout the year. Our motto is “Service Above Self”. This is something that I strive to live by both professionally and personally.”
“My husband and I live in Mathews, Va., with our two boys. On the weekends we love boating, fishing and going to the beach.”
NEWSLINK: How did you learn about the MBA Path to Diversity Program?
JESSICA DEHOUX: My current supervisor encouraged me to apply for this scholarship. She is the reason that we became members of the MBA.
NEWSLINK: What inspired you to become more involved? Did a co-worker/supervisor/mentor encourage your participation?
DEHOUX: My supervisor is always encouraging me to further my career though education. She is my biggest supporter and always pushes me to better myself and my career through training.
Chesapeake Bank is a big advocate for education and training for all employees and I am lucky to work for a company that cares about its employees and their growth. That’s why I have been working for Chesapeake Bank for almost 15 years. It is truly a “Great Place To work”.
NEWSLINK: Did you find the application process to be user-friendly?
DEHOUX: The application was straightforward and I did find it to be user-friendly.
NEWSLINK: How has the Path to Diversity scholarship benefited you, personally and professionally? What have you been able to bring back to your company as a result of the Path to Diversity program?
DEHOUX: By receiving the Path to Diversity scholarship, I was able to take a class immediately. Had I not received those funds, it might have taken over a year for me to take the class because of the expense. The class I took was 1 of 3 segments to receive the Accredited Mortgage Professional designation. The School of Mortgage Banking 1 was a wonderful class and it gave me a better understanding of the mortgage industry. It provided a deeper insight to parts of the industry that I don’t know a lot about. I hope to take the School of Mortgage Banking 2 next year.
NEWSLNK: What would you say to someone considering applying for a Path to Diversity scholarship?
DEHOUX: I would definitely encourage others to apply. You have nothing to lose by applying. This scholarship could help you meet the next level in your career.
About the MBA Path to Diversity Scholarship Program
The Path to Diversity Scholarship Program recognizes existing industry professionals who are seeking to advance their careers through continuing education. Recipients receive a voucher to cover course registration fees, up to a maximum of $2,000, for popular MBA Education courses and designation programs. This education opportunity enables employees from diverse backgrounds to advance their professional growth and career development.
MBA recognizes that a strong, responsible and sustainable real estate finance industry requires a workforce that is reflective of our society at large.
For more information about the Path to Diversity Scholarship Program, click here.