In honor of Catherine Parsons, BS, RT, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Education and Research Foundation Board of Trustees has named its newest scholarship the Parsons Degree Achievement Scholarship.
Available only to registered radiologic technologists who are members of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the Parsons Degree Achievement Scholarship will provide recipients each with $2,000 annually to assist with the cost of earning an associate or bachelor’s degree. The foundation will award the first round of scholarships in 2013.
The ASRT Board of Directors recently donated $5,000 to the foundation to establish an endowment for the scholarship.
According to ASRT Foundation Chairman Parsha Y. Hobson, MPA, RT, the focus of the scholarship mirrors Parson's educational path. She started her career in 1976, but went back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree in 2004 at the age of 47.
A member of the ASRT since 1978, Parsons was actively involved in the organization throughout her career. Her volunteer efforts started in 1995 when she was elected to represent the Mammography Chapter in the ASRT House of Delegates. She later served as a Quality Management Chapter delegate as well as a member of the Committee on Nominations and Committee on Bylaws. Parsons also served on the ASRT Board of Directors from 2002 to 2007, including a term as president in 2005-2006 and as chairman of the board in 2006-2007. Following her term as chairman of the board, Parsons was appointed to the Foundation Board of Trustees and was subsequently elected chairman. Her health forced her to step down as a board trustee in April 2012.
In addition to her national volunteer efforts, Parsons actively participated in state-level volunteer activities. She served as president of the Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists in 1997-1998 and again in 2009-2010. She was the administrative director of medical imaging at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tenn., for many years.
A resident of Rockwood, Tenn., Parsons, died Oct. 4, in Chattanooga, Tenn.