For the academic year 2019-2020 we awarded two scholarships of five thousand each to a junior and senior in the accounting program at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University). The senior recipient was Areez Sadiki who was the recipient of the junior scholarship last year. She continued to impress her professors with her hard work and excellence leading them to reward her this year with the same scholarship. Our junior recipient this year is Lillia Hendrickson. She is a scholar in the accounting department and a cadet with the ROTC (Army). We are delighted the accounting department decided to award the scholarship to her. A $5,000 scholarship is one of the largest given to an MTSU student. Over 90%of MTSU students receive some sort of financial aid so an opportunity for this kind of help is not taken lightly.
The Department of Accounting awards several much smaller scholarships each year to applicants in February for the following academic year. We encourage all accounting majors to apply and try to reward each capable student. A committee of Department of Accounting faculty members review the applications looking for potential professional success, financial need and community service. For the Yohan Abraham Scholarship, the committee tries to find a military veteran that is involved in the community. If no veterans are in the pool, the committee looks for the next applicant who has made the most significant contribution in community service with the greatest academic achievements. We have also been fortunate to make two awards the past two years – Blake Hise in 2017 and Areez Sadiki in 2018. Both students are paying their way through college. Blake is now a graduate assistant in the Master of Accountancy program, and has accepted a tax position with Ernst & Young in the Fall of 2019. Areez is a highly recruited student who will soon be seeking internships.