Alejandro Garcia, an Accounting major at Texas A&M University-Commerce, has been selected as a Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Scholar, receiving a prestigious $10,000 scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year.
The A&M-Commerce College of Business was invited by the PCAOB to become a nominating institution for this award. Dr. Caroline Hartmann, associate professor of accounting, led the nomination proceedings, which involved a rigorous selection process.
The screening process involved selecting students that have demonstrated aptitude and interest in accounting and auditing–as evidenced by an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher–or being in the top third of their overall class. Garcia was selected for meeting both of these requirements and all of the remaining stringent criteria outlined to ensure students' eligibility for the program.
The PCAOB Scholars Program serves to nurture exceptional accounting talent and advance the development of future professionals in the public accounting industry. By offering financial support and recognition to students like Garcia, the program reinforces the significance of academic excellence and ethical standards within the accounting community by offering undergraduate and graduate accounting students enrolled in accredited U.S. colleges and universities the opportunity to pursue a career in auditing.
“I am incredibly honored and grateful to have been chosen as a PCAOB Scholar and to receive the $10,000 scholarship,” Garcia said of this achievement. “I am grateful to the College of Business and to my professors, particularly Dr. Robert Rankin, for their nomination and for their support in continuing to push me to transform my life through my pursuit of a career in accounting.”
Hartmann warmly congratulated Garcia on being awarded the PCAOB Scholarship. She commended his exceptional dedication to accounting and highlighted his academic excellence within the B.B.A. in Accounting program at A&M-Commerce.
“Being selected as a PCAOB Scholar is a testament to Alejandro‘s eagerness in his pursuit of academic excellence and a reflection of his work ethic and passion for accounting and auditing,” Hartmann said. “I am certain this scholarship will be instrumental in helping him fulfill his dream of becoming a Certified Public Accountant.”
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