On May 9, the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants honored two of Corban’s top accounting students at the Circle of Excellence Banquet in Portland, Ore.
Sarah Longwell, ’13, was named the Top Accounting Student, and Hanna Ellis, ’14, received the Boldt Carlise + Smith Accounting Scholarship.
Additionally, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants announced that Alexandra (Ali) Lowe, ’14, is a finalist for its Minority Student Scholarship. This is a highly selective national scholarship program, and the winner will be announced later this month.
Longwell chose to attend Corban University because of its strong Christian witness and its highly regarded School of Business. On May 4, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management & Accounting. She is quick to credit her professors for her successes so far.
“Dr. Bryce Bernard has been extremely helpful throughout the years, supporting my goal to achieve a CPA,” she said. “I also am thankful for Dr. Shawn Hussey and Kelli Gassman.” After she completes a three-credit summer course, she will have the requisite 150 credits needed to take her CPA tests.
Longwell’s résumé for this past year includes working as a library assistant at Corban, interning at Big Town Hero, working at Pizza Hut, serving with Corban Consulting Partners at Kris’ Kitchen Artisan Bakery, and working as an entry-level tax preparer at Hanson Vaughan LLC. Her goal is to earn her CPA and then land an entry-level job at a CPA firm in the Salem area by fall 2013.
Ellis plans to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management & Accounting in three years. She came to Corban on a basketball scholarship two years ago and in 2012 her team won the 2012 Cascade Conference Collegiate championship. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA, and received Cascade Academic All-Conference honors during the 2012/2013 basketball season. Her goal is to graduate in May 2014.
Ellis just accepted a Boldt Carlise + Smith summer internship. Her résumé includes working at the “See Ya Later” Spring Break Basketball Camp five years straight, working at Dairy Queen during the past two summers, serving as a Church on the Hill volunteer caregiver for two years, working at Northwest Senior & Disability Services for two years, working for Corban’s Office of Admissions. In May 2012, she took a Corban-sponsored business education trip to Singapore and Indonesia where she learned about micro-financing and taught basic business principles to female Indonesian entrepreneurs.
She said she enjoys all of her business professors, but also has high praise for Bible professor Sam Baker, Ph.D. and recently retired head women’s basketball coach Terry Williams.
Lowe intends to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management & Accounting in May 2014. Winning scholarships is nothing new for her. She is a Chancellors Scholar, an Herb Anderson Achievement Scholar, and a Dale Krueger Scholar. She is especially grateful for business professors Bernard, Hussey, and Eric Straw as well as Baker.
During the past four years, Lowe has served in 10 volunteer ministry roles.
“My two loves definitely are ministry and international business,” she said. During summer 2013, she will travel to China to teach at English-language camps for children ages six to 18.