Statement issued Monday:
INDIANAPOLIS — Ten minority student leaders were honored at the annual Indiana CPA Society 2011 Diversity Summit, held on Aug. 5 at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel in Indianapolis.
To be eligible for a scholarship, each applicant had to meet the requirements. Each had to be an under-represented U.S. racial/ethnic minority student; a college student enrolled in an Indiana college/university and studying accounting; an Indiana resident; demonstrated academic success (with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale); have an interest in accounting and/or business; and a student leader.
Each recipient was awarded a $500 scholarship. Donations for the scholarships were made by the following organizations: BKD; Brightpoint; Clifton Gunderson; Crowe Horwath; Deloitte; Engaging Solutions; Ernst & Young; Indiana CPA Educational Foundation; KPMG; and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The following outstanding students received the scholarship awards:
Meheret Abebe — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Meheret Abebe is majoring in accounting and has a 4.0 GPA. She will graduate in December 2012. Abebe is described as an extremely conscientious and pleasant student that is constantly a top-performer. Abebe plans to sit for the CPA Exam after graduation and will use these scholarship earnings to cover tuition and book expenses.
Anuradha Asthana — University of Southern Indiana
Anuradha Asthana is majoring in accounting and has a 3.5 GPA. She will graduate December 2012. Asthana was a member of the IMA National Case Competition runner-up team and is the president of the economics and finance club. Additionally, Asthana is the vice-president of the USI Beta Alpha Psi chapter and a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. Asthana will use her scholarship earnings to cover tuition and book costs.
Tracie Currie — Ivy Tech
Tracie Currie is majoring in accounting and has a 3.5 GPA. She will complete the accounting associate program in May 2012. Currie is described as a take-charge individual that has the ability to present creative ideas while communicating their benefits. Currie will use her scholarship earnings to cover the cost of books and tuition.
Rachel Enokou — Indiana University South Bend
Rachel Enokou is majoring in accounting and has a 3.77 GPA. She will graduate in May 2012. Enokou is an active member of the Accounting Association and the International Student Organization. She plans to become a CPA and is interested in audit. Enokou will put her scholarship earnings toward tuition.
Traci Fuqua — Manchester College
Traci Fuqua is majoring in accounting and has a 3.25 GPA. She will graduate in May 2012. Fuqua has wanted to become a CPA since high school. She’s taking active steps to gain real-world accounting experience and has spent two summers interning at the Miller Pipeline Corporation and is currently interning at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Fuqua will use her scholarship earnings to help defray tuition costs.
Evelyn Gil — Butler University
Evelyn Gil is majoring in accounting and has a 3.65 GPA. She will graduate in May 2013. Gil served as treasurer of Latinos Unidos, as a mentor for Tu Futuro and as a Writers’ Studio English tutor. She is described as a proactive student that is thoughtful in her decisions and actions. She plans to become a CPA and will use her scholarship earnings to continue her education and absorb as much knowledge as possible about the CPA profession.
Huizi (Tracy) Han — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Huizi (Tracy) Han is majoring in accounting and has a 3.92 GPA. She will graduate in December 2011. After graduation, Han plans to obtain the CPA designation and eventually open a CPA firm that provides accounting and finance services for minority clients. Han is described as a self-starter with a keen analytical mind. She will use her scholarship earnings to help ease the financial burden of preparing for the CPA Exam.
Philip Helms — Indiana University
Philip Helms recently graduated from Broad Ripple High School ranking third in his class of 103 students. He plans to attend Indiana University this fall and major in accounting. His ultimate goal is to become a CPA. Helms maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in football, wrestling and soccer. He is described as a strong leader and an exceptional student athlete. Helms will use his scholarship earnings to help cover tuition expenses.
Tejen Patel — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Tejen Patel is majoring in accounting and finance and has a 3.58 GPA. He will graduate in May 2012 and hopes to obtain the CPA designation. Active in student organizations such as the Indiana Student Culture Association, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma, Patel spends a great deal of time developing valuable leadership skills. He will use this scholarship to cover CPA Exam costs.
Daisy Lucia Truong Pham — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Daisy Lucia Truong Pham is majoring in accounting, finance and international studies, and has a 3.897 GPA. She will graduate in May 2013. Pham is described as a hard worker with a positive attitude and a great deal of determination. She is an active student leader and involved in many campus organizations. She plans to become a CPA and will use her scholarship earnings to defray tuition costs.