The Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) credential is the global benchmark for management accountants and financial professionals. Earning the CMA designation demonstrates professional expertise in financial planning, analysis, control, decision support and professional ethics – essential skills sought after by successful organizations and their financial team leaders.

The CMA Scholarship Program honors high-achieving students who attend an accredited college or university and who are nominated by the institution’s faculty. Five students per school per academic year can be nominated for a CMA scholarship.

Scholarship recipients receive a comprehensive package of benefits – waived entrance fee to the CMA program, exam support package with retired exam questions and a glossary of terms, waived registration fees for both parts of the exams, and more – enabling them to study and take the CMA exam at no cost.

USD’s CMA scholarship recipients include the following.

Viviana Bauldry resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is in her third semester of USD’s online MBA program. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Bauldry earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, San Bernardino, and spent several years working as a probation officer and victim advocate for violent crimes. While doing this work, Bauldry took a particular interest in the budget behind each program she worked for, inspiring her to pursue her MBA.

“I feel a great excitement about the CMA scholarship because it will grant me the opportunity to see my dreams and aspirations come to fruition,” said Bauldry.

Tim Chancellor is currently a supervisor in the System Workforce Office at Monument Health in Rapid City, South Dakota, and is earning his MBA with a specialization in business analytics. He received his undergraduate degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

“I have a passion for leadership and love working with people,” said Chancellor. “I thoroughly enjoy developing continuous improvement plans and leadership development. A CMA certification, coupled with my LEAN certifications and MBA, will truly help me on my path to reaching my professional goals within my organization.”

Cody Elbert is a financial analyst at Abacus Wealth Partners, a registered investment advisor (RIA) firm based in Santa Monica, California. Elbert is pursuing an MBA with a specialization in finance from the Beacom School of Business. In 2019, he earned his bachelor’s in finance with a minor in economics from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.  

“I believe the Certified Managerial Accountant certification will be a valuable asset in my role as a financial analyst, enabling me to provide strategic insights and contribute to the financial success of the companies I work for as I advance my career,” said Elbert.

Kyra Ringwald is pursuing her MBA at USD and currently works as an intensive care unit clinical (ICU) resource nurse in Rapid City. Ringwald earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, in 2013. Ringwald has enjoyed the leadership and managerial aspect of running a functional ICU unit and wanted to pursue an advanced degree she could use in or out of the health care system.

“This scholarship holds importance to me because it aligns with my future care moves and personal goals of further developing my professional growth and learning,” said Ringwald.

Mike Turner is from Sioux Falls and is pursuing his MBA degree with a specialization in business analytics. Turner earned his undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently works as a program assistant II in the Sanford School of Medicine.

“I feel that the preparation, studies and understanding required to pass the CMA exam will be extremely helpful in my career,” said Turner. “By successfully earning the CMA credential, I hope to honor this scholarship and also contribute to the profession as a whole.”

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