AccountingWEB is pleased to announce that three winners have been chosen as the 2010 AccountingWEB Accounting Student Scholarship winners.
Entrants were required to write a 500-word essay on the topic of "The Role of Accountants in Social Media." Essays were judged in a variety of areas including creativity, innovation, quality of writing, structure, logic, and sources/research. All three essays will appear on AccountingWEB.com later this month.
This year's winners are:
- Social media: The new frontier: Christi Hillegass of Atlanta, Georgia, a junior attending the University of Georgia working towards a bachelor's degree in accounting. She chose to study accounting because she has always enjoyed numbers and solving problems, and wanted to pursue a career in a business field. She also hopes that a background in accounting will open doors in the business world. She plans on getting her masters in accounting at UGA and pursuing a career in public accounting. She also is interested in travel and hopes to work abroad.
- The role of accountants in social media: Jenna El-Khalili, of West Lafayette, Indiana, is a sophomore attending Purdue University working towards a bachelor's degree in accounting. In high school, El-Khalili's mother encouraged her to take the accounting classes that were offered, and it turned out that she loved them, so when it came time to choose a major, she chose accounting. Upon graduation, she plans on earning her CPA and working for an accounting firm.
- The role of accountants in social media: Ross A. Drapalski of Coppell, Texas, attending the University of North Texas. Drapalski grew up in New York, but moved to Texas at a young age. As a sophomore worked as a Trek Guide in the Adirondacks, NY, spending the summer leading week-long canoeing or backpacking excursions. His employment allowed him to exchange perspectives on life with financial bankers, stockbrokers, and medical doctors. After that summer, he chose taxation as a major. Drapalski interned in the finance and controlling department of DB Schenker in Mainz, Germany and hopes to return to Europe and work in international taxation.
Each winner has been awarded a $500 scholarship to assist with education costs.
Participation in the AccountingWEB Accounting Student Scholarship program is open to United States citizens attending colleges, universities, and professional schools of accounting in the United States. Students applying for the AccountingWEB Accounting Student Scholarship must have already completed at least one semester or two trimesters of full-time college and must be declared undergraduate accounting majors, effective for the fall of 2010.
The scholarship is a $500 award, payable to students who attend college as full-time undergraduate students, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent, and who are declared accounting majors.