The Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) has awarded LEAP (Lead and Enhance the Accounting Profession) scholarships to two Southwest Baptist University students. Jenna Durnell, sophomore accounting and information assurance major from Harwood, Mo., and Tori Jones, sophomore accounting major from Miller, Mo., will receive the scholarship funds for the next academic year.
This is the third consecutive year for Durnell to be selected as a LEAP scholarship recipient.
“I greatly attribute my repeated success to the education I’ve received thus far at SBU,” Durnell said. “This scholarship means so much to me, not only because of my need for educational financial assistance, but also because it gives me an avenue through which I can become involved with the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants – an organization that will assist me as a college student and in my future career path.”
Jones also is very grateful for the scholarship and the financial assistance it provides so that she is able to receive a quality education at SBU.
“SBU is home to one of the best accounting programs in the country and to be able to say I am part of it makes me proud,” Jones said. “I am confident that I will leave here fully prepared. Not only do my professors teach me about accounting, they also pass on life skills that I will use for the rest of my life.”
According to Wayne Clark, chair of the SBU Department of Accounting, only 28 students statewide received this award so it is a significant honor for a school the size of SBU to have two recipients.
“This is quite an honor for two of our SBU accounting majors to be recognized with this statewide scholarship award,” Clark said. “This Missouri Society of CPAs is the premier organization representing accounting, tax and finance professionals in Missouri, and our students were competing with students from accounting programs much larger than ours.”
Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the College of Business and Computer Science, also was pleased to have two SBU students chosen for this prestigious honor.
“This is a testament of the quality of SBU’s accounting department and of the hard work of these outstanding young ladies who represent SBU well,” Bethards said.
For more information about the SBU Department of Accounting, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@SBUniv.edu.