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Accounting student wins one of five national scholarships

by Valorie Juergens

Oct. 25, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU student Jared Lindberg.
KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University student has won a prestigious, national accounting scholarship.

Jared Lindberg, a senior majoring in accountancy from Plainwell, Mich., was one of five students nationwide to be awarded a 2011-12 Accountemps Student Scholarship from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The scholarship program provides $2,500 in financial assistance to exceptional undergraduate or graduate accounting students who demonstrate potential to become leaders in the accounting profession. Lindberg was chosen from more than 450 applicants.

Eligible students must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in addition to completing at least 30 semester hours of college-level coursework, including six semester hours in accounting.

Recipients were selected based on their applications, academic performance, essays and letters of recommendation. Once selected, eight hours of community service is required per semester, to advocate for the accounting profession.

This is the second major scholarship awarded to Lindberg in recent months. He also received a Michigan Accountancy Foundation Scholarship from Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

AICPA is the world's largest association representing the accounting profession, with nearly 370,000 members in 128 countries in many areas of practice.