Senior Marisa Neste recently applied for a scholarship from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Accountemps, a temporary staffing service for accounting.
Neste was selected from about 100 applicants as one of two first-place winners, and she received a scholarship of $2,500.
Neste, 22, is majoring in accounting and music. Neste said she chose the accounting major due to SPU accounting professors. "I really liked the SPU accounting professors. They inspired me to do accounting," Neste said.
Neste was eligible to apply for the scholarship because she is an accounting major.
"I’m very proud to receive this scholarship because it acknowledges the hard work that I’ve put in to succeed in my major and also recognizes my community involvement and leadership roles," Neste said.
Professor of Accounting Ian Stewart said he is happy about Neste’s honor.
"It’s really not surprising in light of her abilities," Stewart said.
Accountemps and AICPA comprised the selection committee responsible for selecting the winners of the 2001-2002 scholarship.
The other first-place winner is Kimberlyn Gall of the University of California at Santa Barbara. An honorable mention scholarship of $1,000 went to Marcie Cardaciatto of Villanova University in Pennsylvania.
"All of the scholarship applicants were exceptional, which made the selection committee’s job very difficult," Jodi Ryan, AICPA manager of recruiting programs said in a press release.
The winners were chosen based on scholastic achievement, leadership, future career interests, letters of recommendation and an essay, according to the release. Only AICPA student affiliate members majoring in accounting, finance or information systems possessing at least a 3.0 grade point average could be considered.
Each applicant also must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and have completed at least 30 semester hours.
Neste plans to go into public accounting.
She is currently interviewing with several accounting firms, such as Andersen, Moss Adams, KPMG, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Deloitte Touch, a firm that she interned for last summer. Deloitte Touch has already offered her a job.
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Title: Student wins award | Author: Jade Nirvana Ingmire | Section: News | Published Date: 2001-10-31 | Internal ID: 2255