School of Management Receives Largest Corporate Scholarship Gift in University History

Posted: April 10, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Beers & Cutler, an accounting and consulting firm focused on the Washington, D.C., region, has established a $250,000 James R. Beers Accounting Scholarship Endowment for George Mason accounting students in the School of Management.

The gift, given to the university’s Campaign for Mason Students, is the largest corporate scholarship gift in Mason’s history and will be directed through the George Mason University Foundation Inc.

Three university junior and three senior James R. Beers Scholars will be chosen annually. Students must be accounting majors with an accounting GPA of 3.25 or above and a cumulative GPA of 3.15 or above. They will be chosen based on their community service and leadership activities as well as faculty recommendations.

Each student selected will receive an award of $2,000, which is renewable for juniors the following academic year should the recipient remain in good academic standing.

The first scholarships will be awarded this spring, to apply to the 2006-07 academic year. Students can apply by contacting Dan Mackeben at

The endowment honors Beers & Cutler’s founding partner Jim Beers, a long-time and active supporter of the educational development of accounting professionals.

“Beers & Cutler’s inaugural leadership gift to the Campaign for Mason Students enhances our already strong alliance with the firm and is also a fitting tribute to the professional accomplishments and community leadership of Jim Beers,” says Richard Klimoski, dean of the School of Management.

“Beers & Cutler has long been a champion of accounting education, and its generous gift will not only fortify George Mason’s endowment, but will also help build a talented and diverse community of accounting professionals ready to contribute to the economic vitality of the Northern Virginia region,” Klimoski adds.

“Through our evolving partnership with George Mason and the School of Management, we understand both the academic and financial demands that its students face. We hope that our gift will lessen the burden for students who have shown both a deep interest and aptitude for the accounting profession,” says Beers & Cutler’s managing partner, Ed Offterdinger. “Supporting accounting education and thereby fortifying the CPA talent pool in Northern Virginia with an endowment in Jim Beers’ name will provide a lasting legacy to our founding partner.”

Beers & Cutler is one of the “Top 50 Firms in the Nation” as cited by Accounting Today. The firm is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a premier international network of accounting and business advisory firms.

The School of Management educates future business leaders through world-class teaching, innovative academic programs and strategic business partnerships. It is one of only 170 business schools worldwide accredited in business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Business Schools International (AACSB), and is ranked in the top 25 percent of accredited business schools by U.S. News and World Report.

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