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Beacom School of Business Accounting Students Awarded 7 of 9 SD CPA Scholarships in 2021

VERMILLION, S.D. – Accounting students at the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business received recognition in the form of scholarships for their academic excellence.

Haley Duffield, a USD Beacom School of Business accounting student, was recently awarded a $10,000 scholarship by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). This scholarship is granted to one student at 332 colleges and is awarded for their interest and aptitude in accounting and for exhibiting high ethical standards.

“It is very rewarding to see Haley’s efforts recognized on a national level,” said Srini Ragothaman, Ph.D., professor and department chair for the accounting and finance division. “Her dedication and academic aptitude made her the ideal candidate for the scholarship.”

In addition, the South Dakota CPA Society awarded the following students accounting excellence scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • Caroline Lewis, Harry Olson Scholarship
  • Taylor Andersen, Accounting Excellence Scholarship
  • Haley Duffield, Accounting Excellence Scholarship
  • Tate Olsen, Accounting Excellence Scholarship
  • Trent Kingsbury, Accounting Excellence Scholarship
  • Amber Nissen, Accounting Opportunity Scholarship
  • Ben Boehrns, Accounting Excellence Scholarship

“Our accounting students continue to outperform at state and national levels, thanks to the dedication and hard work of our faculty,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “Equally deserving praise are our accounting faculty for producing extraordinary students who continue to make us all proud.”

ABOUT THE BEACOM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

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.

ABOUT USD

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.

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