Accounting Students Win Big!

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ASU's Accounting Students Among Highest Percentile of All Schools to Have Winners Named Statewide by Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants
By: Kenneth Mullinax/ASU
When the number of university students who were honored and awarded accounting scholarships from the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA) was recently added up, Alabama State University's accounting students were in the highest percentile of all colleges to have students named as winners statewide - three to be exact.
The three undergraduate accounting majors at ASU -- Amber Frazier, Jelaney McGowan and Nya Strachan -- were recognized by ASCPA as being among the best accounting students statewide, They were awarded $2,500 each, explains Dr. Jorja Bradford, ASU's assistant professor of Accountancy who spearheaded their scholarship submissions. 
"I am very proud of each one of our accounting students and when their 'wins' are compared to those of other schools across the state who had students honored, ASU is among the very few universities that excelled with the most scholarships awarded statewide," Bradford said. 
ASU's Bradford said that this is an important accolade for the University because it makes the point that our accounting students are very competitive academically statewide.
"This recognition shows beyond a doubt that the University's students can hold their own, match and excel any other university students scholastically statewide," stated Bradford. "Our great showing that was recognized by the professional society of CPA's in Alabama also demonstrates that an accounting education at ASU is a great value and is as worthy as any other accounting program in Alabama."
Bradford explained that the scholarships are also a real boost for the winners’ careers.
"This recognition is also a good inroad for these students’ career aspirations because when potential employers see this award listed, it puts them a step-ahead of their competition and shows that they are special in a good way and that they are among the best in the marketplace," stated Bradford.
According to the organization, the ASCPA’s Educational Foundation has been naming students this recognition and financial support beginning in 1967 to be used for the student's fourth and fifth-year of studies. The Educational Foundation Board of Trustees consists of the most dedicated and seasoned members of the society and they judge the winners. The process of selecting scholarship recipients each year is the Foundation’s most visible activity, and among the many factors that are looked at within the application package submitted by the schools is an essay in which each student is encouraged to tell their story.  
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.