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Accounting students awarded scholarships from Nebraska Society of CPAs

Accounting students awarded scholarships from Nebraska Society of CPAs

Lauren Schmidt, Madisyn Ayres, Dr. Courtney Baillie, Matthew Gilg, Jackson Love

Every Doane senior accounting major has been awarded a scholarship from the Nebraska Society of CPAs, a rare feat for Doane, or any other school.


Six students (five seniors and one junior) were awarded a scholarship this fall and they were all recognized at the Nebraska Society of CPAs Annual Business Meeting Luncheon last week. The students - Emma Areman ’20, Madisyn Ayres ’19, Laura Ellison ’19, Matthew Gilg ’19, Jackson Love ’19, and Lauren Schmidt ’19 were awarded a scholarship, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.


Love was awarded the Foundation Board Scholarship, Ayres, Gilg, and Schmidt were awarded a 150-Hour Scholarship, and Areman and Ellison received Foundation scholarships.


The Nebraska Society of CPAs (certified public accountants) is a professional organization of CPAs in Nebraska. The group holds continuing education conferences and provides scholarships to accounting majors across the state. In 2018, the Society's Foundation distributed a record $127,500 in scholarships to 72 students at 14 Nebraska colleges and universities.


In order to take the CPA exam in Nebraska, a student has to complete 150 college credits. These scholarships will help students with the additional course load as they prepare to enter the field.


“I’m really proud of all of them,” said Courtney Baillie, professor of accounting at Doane. “They are very hard-working and responsible. They put in the extra time to get good grades to be successful.”


Once a student passes the CPA exam, they will need two years of professional work experience to become a CPA. Four of Doane’s students already have a job lined up after graduation.


Love has been hired by KPMG Omaha, Schmidt has been hired by Manning & Associates in Crete, Ayres will work for Buckley & Sitzman in Lincoln, and Gilg will work for Lutz & Company in Omaha.


“The professors, clubs, and organizations on campus, such as Accounting Club and C2CC, introduce us to professionals in the industry and get us involved early on,” Schmidt said. “Events such as Meet the Firms help us know what firms are looking for in students and our current professors at Doane do a good job of meeting these standards, setting us up for success.”


Love, who will be working at KPMG as an associate accountant after graduation, said the number of Doane students recognized at the luncheon is a testament to the accounting program and the professors who have taught the students over the years.


“It was incredible to be able to celebrate this accomplishment with my classmates,” Love said. “We have gotten to know each other a lot and I was not surprised that they were receiving a scholarship for their hard work.”


Baillie added, “This is a really impressive group. Given our size, the number of students receiving scholarships and jobs already speaks to the quality of our students and their work ethic.”


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