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Beacom Students Win South Dakota CPA Society Scholarships

VERMILLION, S.D. Three Beacom School of Business students received Accounting Excellence Scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year from the South Dakota CPA Society. The society awards scholarships annually totaling $9,500, and Beacom students received $4,000 of this total.

Beacom student scholarship recipients include Christopher Jansen, Noah Thompson, and Rhye Leonard. Jansen is from Sheldon, Iowa, and will complete the master of professional accountancy program in December 2019. Thompson is from Mitchell, South Dakota, and expects to graduate from the master of professional accountancy program in December 2019. Leonard is from Rapid City, South Dakota, and will complete her master of business administration degree in summer 2019.

“We are grateful for the South Dakota CPA Society’s investment in Beacom School of Business students,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “Beacom graduates become leaders in the accounting profession, both in South Dakota, and beyond.”

Accounting Excellence Scholarships from the South Dakota CPA Society are targeted at students who have participated in a variety of activities and display leadership potential while pursuing a degree in accountancy. Students must be enrolled in a South Dakota school, have completed at least 90 credit hours, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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