CRI awards scholarships to top students

The Nashville office of public accounting firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, one of the Southeast's 'Top Four' accounting and business consulting firms and a top 40 firm nationally, has announced that Tien Nguyen and Heather Witty of Middle Tennessee Statue University have been awarded CRI Accounting Scholarships for 2009-10.

The CRI Scholarship initiative is in its first year, and is awarded to two MTSU students, a Masters candidate and a rising senior, whose academic performance, extracurricular activities, and leadership potential distinguish them from their peers. Recipients were selected from applicants by a MTSU scholarship selection committee headed by Dr. Charles Kile, Jr.

CRI will award two scholarships to students at each of four Tennessee universities in 2009-10 as part of an initiative to support growth and development of future accounting professionals at the college level. Schools where CRI will present scholarships, in addition to Middle Tennessee State University, are Belmont University, David Lipscomb University, and Tennessee Tech University.

Nguyen, who is pursuing his M.S. degree in Accounting at Middle Tennessee, earned his B.B.A. in Accounting in 2007. Fluent in Vietnamese and Spanish, Nguyen is a past winner of the Accounting Merit Scholarship and an active member in Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary organization for accounting students and professionals. While pursuing his degree, he tutors MTSU students in accounting, auditing and tax, and has work experience in financial reporting with the Tennessee Department of the Treasury.

Witty holds a 3.97 GPA as she pursues her B.B.A. in Accounting at MTSU. She is a candidate for membership in Beta Alpha Psi, a member of Beta Club, and has been a Dean's List honoree every semester since enrolling at MTSU. She has work experience with both a major regional bank and as office manager for a medical practice.

Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI) is ranked 34th in Accounting Today's top 100 firms in the nation and 4th in the Southeast region. Today, CRI employs over 550 professionals in 16 offices across Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, and is recognized as one of the fastest-growing firms in the United States.

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