Kent State University senior accounting major Lauren Romick of Stow, Ohio, received a $3,000 first-place honor as the 2013 Scholarship Day award recipient from the Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA). Several accounting students in Ohio competed for the award.
â€œI was very surprised but excited when they announced my name as the winner,â€ Romick said. â€œI could not believe that I had won.â€
Each participant in the 2013 Scholarship Day previously won a $2,000 award from the Ohio CPA Foundationâ€™s annual statewide scholarship program. This award made participants eligible to compete at the 2013 Scholarship Day.
â€œItâ€™s a great honor that Lauren was invited to the Scholarship Day, and I think she represents Kent State University very well,â€ said Linda Zucca, chair of Kent Stateâ€™s Department of Accounting.
Zucca has known Romick since she came on campus as a freshman. Zucca says Romick is very active in student organizations and serves as a First Year Experience instructor, assisting first-year students through their transition to a collegiate atmosphere and the larger academic community.
Romick learned of the scholarship from the OSCPA student ambassador, informing Kent Stateâ€™s Accounting Association about the scholarship application.
The students received a set of potential questions the judges may ask, and Romick researched each question thoroughly, spending a month preparing for the OSCPA event.
Each student was interviewed by four individual judges. Once the four interviews were completed, the judges formed a panel to interview each student.
â€œI really enjoyed speaking with the judges and professionals about their experiences with the accounting profession,â€ Romick said. â€œThey each had an interesting perspective on the OSCPA and the opportunities and services it had to offer students and professionals.â€
â€œItâ€™s a great accomplishment,â€ Zucca said. â€œShe worked very hard to get this award. It shows how good our students are here at Kent State.â€
Romick is currently an audit intern at Deloitte. After graduation, she plans to start a career as an auditor in public accounting in the Cleveland area.
â€œShe is an amazing, outstanding student in all respects,â€ Zucca said.
For more information about Kent Stateâ€™s Department of Accounting, visit www.kent.edu/business/accounting.
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Kent State University senior accounting major Lauren Romick (center) of Stow, Ohio, received a $3,000 first-place honor as the 2013 Scholarship Day award recipient from the Ohio Society of CPAs. Pictured (from left to right) are Jerry Esselstein, CPA, of Jerry L. Esselstein Company, LLC; Peter Margaritis, CPA, of Peter A. Margaritis, LLC; Romick; Jim Bronder, CPA, of the University of Northwestern Ohio; and Sharon Reisman, CPA, of Clark Schaefer Hackett. (Photo credit: Jill Ellis)
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