by Karley East
The West Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accounts and the GSCPA Educational Foundation awarded three students with 2014 West Georgia Chapter Scholarships. The Scholarship Committee met and narrowed down the seven applicants and decided, based on qualifications and criteria, the three best recipients of this award: Julie Meigs, pursuing a master’s degree at UWG, Lauren Spaggiari, pursuing a master’s degree at UWG and Charles David Hensley, pursuing a bachelor’s degree at LaGrange College. Each student received an award amount of $1,200 to go toward their education in a field related to the Educational Foundation.
There are a few requirements these students had to meet in order to receive this scholarship. They had to be a rising junior or senior undergraduate student majoring in accounting or a graduate student in a master’s level accounting or business administration program. Their studies have to be conducted at an accredited public or private university in the state of Georgia. Each student also has to be enrolled in six semester hours or ten quarter hours during the time period the funds would be used, and they have to have at least a 3.0 grade point average or accounting grade in order to be considered for the award. The committee looks for students that excel in academics and have the potential to be successful professionals and leaders within the accounting profession.
The GSCPA scholarship is funded through each specific chapter and the Educational Foundation. The GSCPA is an association dedicated to the professional field of accounting that promotes high ethical standards and service for certified public accountants in Georgia. There are 22 accredited chapters that participate on a local level and 26 committees and task force that plan and achieve the objectives of the GSCPA. The Educational Foundation is an extension of the GSCPA with a mission to encourage the best and the brightest individuals in Georgia to become Certified Public Accountants. They support and advance the education and research done in related fields of studying, teaching and practice of accountancy. The foundation is made up of two groups of people, volunteer officers and a board of directors which are all members of the Georgia Society.
An official ceremony will be held on September 20 for the award recipients to receive their scholarship checks. The program will take place at noon at the Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton during the GSCPA’s monthly meeting.