The 2016 Master of Accountancy graduating class at the Haslam College of Business has raised $46,800 to aid future students through scholarships. The funds will be collected over three years, with students having pledged to give $100 the first year, $200 the next and $300 in the final year.
A 78 percent participation rate, along with pledges from several firms to match gifts, exceeded the fundraising committee’s expectations, according to Rachel Elkins. Elkins co-organized the campaign with fellow graduates Stephanie Atkins, James Dail, Dee Mcgaw, Thomas Dunne and Zoe Brito.
“The department uses this money for scholarships to defer the expense of CPA exam study tools,” Elkins said, pointing out that the Master of Accountancy program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has the seventh-highest certified public accountant exam pass rate in the country. “Knowing that we are helping future students achieve their goal of becoming a CPA is a great way to pay forward our appreciation for what the MAcc program has taught us and helped us to accomplish.”
Students who pledged received lunch catered by Moe’s and were invited to a party at Louisville Point Park with a meal catered by the Shrimp Dock. They also were given a Neel Corporate Governance denim shirt to commemorate the class gift and their time at Haslam.
“It’s incredible how much the teachers of the accounting department invest in us as students, and this was an opportunity to give back,” Elkins said.