Accounting Students Create New Scholarship

A group of Truman accounting students have joined together to leave their mark on the University by creating the Class of 2011 Accounting Scholarship.

Beginning with the Fall 2013 semester, one masters of accountancy student, selected by department faculty, will receive $1,000 for the academic year.

The idea for a class accounting scholarship originated in April with Puskar Dahal, a master of accountancy student, who was inspired by the help he received as an undergraduate.

“I received the Delta Sigma Pi/Tina Schmidt scholarship,” Dahal said. “Not only was I happy for getting the money, but I felt like my hard work was recognized. I was told that what I was doing was right and I should continue doing it.”

Within 24 hours, 14 fellow students pledged to support the scholarship and as of July, 25 students have agreed to donate $200 each to launch the Class of 2011 Accounting Scholarship. Fundraising efforts will continue until the endowed scholarship fund is able to generate $1,000 per year from investment income. An annual scholarship will be awarded as the endowed fund is building.

To be eligible for the award, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.25, have been involved in extracurricular activities with at least one business organization as an undergraduate and have displayed leadership in at least one campus organization. Preference will be given to students who are not already receiving significant academic scholarships. Graduate teaching and research assistants are not eligible.

To date, the graduates who have committed to funding the Class of 2011 Accounting Scholarship, include:
Benjamin Anderson
Elise Bailey
Laura Carel
Andrea Cook
Puskar Dahal
Emily Donath
Meghan Falter
Nina Feng
Philip Gilmor
Pat Goodwin
Eric Hansen
Kim Heitzman
Alex Koenen
Luke Laughlin
Tommy Lee
Thomas McIntyre
Erin Montoia
Dibyesh Raj Neupane
Megan O’Connor
Stephanie Otto
Helen Pham
Kelsey Provance
Katie Sassenrath
Jessica Schmittigens
Qianyun (Sally) Yang.