Undergrads Receive James R. Beers Scholarships

Posted: September 18, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Six senior accounting majors will receive the James R. Beers Scholarship, an endowment sponsored by Beers & Cutler, the leading accounting and consulting firm focused on the Washington, D.C., region.

The scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance in the undergraduate accounting program of the School of Management (SOM).

The six recipients are Yuan Thompson, Sheekha Singh, Amanda Burns, Meghan Gallardo, Ratima Chowadee and Ali Barzinji.

Prior to being admitted to Mason, Thompson studied painting and worked as an instructor at a summer camp for the arts for two years. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and was nominated for the National Dean’s List. She has a GPA of 3.93. After receiving her bachelor of science in accounting, Thompson hopes to sit for the CPA exam and attain a graduate degree.

Singh is a certified emergency medical technician and has volunteered at the Virginia Hospital Center and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. Singh has been on the dean’s list at Mason for three consecutive semesters and is a recipient of the Arlington Community Foundation Scholarship. She is interested in tax accounting and hopes to pursue CPA certification after graduation.

Burns is a recipient of the 2007 Undergraduate VSPCA Accounting Scholarship and was nominated to attend the Leaders’ Institute for Outstanding Undergraduate Accounting Students, sponsored by VSPCA and Beers & Cutler. She has a GPA of 3.97. She is currently the general manager of Purcellville Health Club Inc., and has led and organized many fund raisers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Prior to attending Mason, Gallardo received a bachelor of arts in sociology and anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has a GPA of 4.0. She is currently employed as the accounts payable manager for a local homebuilder and will be eligible to sit for the CPA exam in the summer of 2008. After graduation, Gallardo plans to stay in the Northern Virginia area and pursue a position at a public accounting firm.

Chowadee has a GPA of 3.93. Currently a full-time student, Chowadee plans to obtain a position in a major accounting firm working in the area of taxation following graduation. He would like to sit for the CPA exam and also pursue a master’s degree in accounting.

Barzinji has 10 years of work experience and often tutors friends and classmates. He has a GPA of 3.89.

“Beers & Cutler is more than just a supporter of student scholarships, they are indeed a true ‘strategic partner’ of the School of Management,” says Richard Klimoski, SOM dean. “Beers & Cutler [personnel] are involved in a wide spectrum of activities within the school, including our Accounting Advisory Council, career management program and in making class visits.

“We have a longstanding history of educating some of this region’s brightest young minds. This legacy has been enhanced through our partnership with Beers & Cutler and the financial support these scholarships provide to our top accounting students,” Klimoski adds.

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