April 16, 2015 | noon
By Tricia Theurer, Communications Specialist
Bethel’s accounting students have an opportunity to apply for a new scholarship, thanks to the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA).
“Bethel has a strong accounting program with a history of preparing students well to pass the notoriously difficult CPA exam,” notes Betsy K. Adrian, president of the Minnesota Society of CPAs. “We hope the MNCPA scholarship will encourage students to select the public accounting profession as their goal.”
The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants Education Fund of the MNCPA has a long history of providing scholarships to accounting students at Bethel University. The goal of this new scholarship is to provide one scholarship of at least $1,000 each year. As the fund grows, the dollar amount of the awards will grow accordingly. Scholarship recipients must be junior or senior accounting majors, have a GPA of 3.25 or higher and documented financial need, and plan to sit for the CPA exam.
“This scholarship is significant for Bethel because the MNCPA has recognized the worthiness of Bethel’s accounting program, the quality of our students, and the stature of our business and economics professors,” says Dan Wiersum, Bethel’s associate vice president for planned giving.
Bruce Olsen, associate professor of business, worked with the MNCPA on the scholarship opportunity. He says, “We’re thrilled to receive this endowed scholarship from the Minnesota Society of CPAs. We’re also grateful for all of our accounting alumni who have passed the CPA exam, allowing our program to be recognized by the society as a recipient for this scholarship. It’s through their efforts that our program has a first-rate reputation in the business community and that our graduates receive outstanding job opportunities.”
The MNCPA is a professional association for certified public accountants (CPAs) in Minnesota. The MNCPA was founded in 1904 by a group of accountants with the purpose of elevating the profession and supporting passage of a Certified Public Accountant Law in Minnesota in 1909.