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Darla Moore School of Business

Moore School accounting students receive scholarship honors

Nov. 6, 2019

The South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants awarded scholarships to 11 USC undergraduate accounting or Master of Accountancy students in 2019. These students plan to pursue careers in accounting after they graduate from the Moore School.

Burkett, Burkett & Burkett CPA, PA Award Recipient: Madeline Robinson*

Madeline Robinson is in the MACC program on the business measurement and assurance track.

She anticipates graduating from the Moore School in the summer of 2020 and plans to work in forensic accounting or accounting systems at a firm in Greenville, South Carolina.

Robinson said she feels that the classes she has completed through the Moore School have given her a good foundation for her future career.

“The Moore School has given me connections through the classes, recruiting and other events for the students,” she said.

Through the MACC and her BMA track, Robinson plans to complete the CPA exam before she graduates.

*Robinson was also awarded a SCACPA Scholarship.

C.C. McGregor Scholarship Recipient: Molly Niermann*

Molly Niermann is a junior international business and accounting major in the Moore School. Niermann hopes to apply for the MACC program this year.

Interested in pursuing a career in international tax and consulting, Niermann has enjoyed connecting with working professionals through the Moore School. She said she is thankful to her professors for introducing her to local accounting firms like Elliott Davis.

“Now I have an accounting internship with them,” Niermann added.

*Niermann was also awarded a SCACPA Scholarship.

Edgar Vaughn Scholarship Recipient: Young Oh*

Young Oh (‘18 accounting) is pursuing her MACC at the Moore School; she plans to graduate in May 2020.

Oh said she thinks the Moore School sets MACC students up for success by having two different tracks within the program: tax and business measurement and assurance.

“Since I am very interested in studying tax, I decided to pursue the tax track,” Oh said. “By focusing on studying tax under this program, I think I am getting more prepared to become a tax professional in the future.”

Oh hopes to pursue a career as a tax accountant in the public accounting sector.

“I want to help others to better understand taxes,” Oh added. “I hope to use my expertise to help people and the community.”

*Oh was also awarded a SCACPA Scholarship.

John S. Herin Scholarship Recipients: Peyton Elmore, Sophia Gerstenberger and Steven Maler

Peyton Elmore

Peyton Elmore is an accounting, finance and marketing triple major in the Moore School. She is also in the Accelerated MACC program. She plans to enter the master's program full-time on the tax track in fall 2020.

Elmore anticipates graduating with her Master of Accountancy in May 2021 and has already been offered a CPA position with Dixon Hughes Goodman.

“I want a career that challenges me, helps me to continue learning and allows me to grow personally and professionally, and public accounting is the perfect industry to fulfill all of my desires,” Elmore said.

Elmore said the skillset she is gaining from the Moore School is invaluable and she feels prepared technically, academically and personally for a career in accounting.

Sophia Gerstenberger

A junior accounting and human resource management double major, Sophia Gerstenberger is in the Accelerated MACC program at the Moore School. She hopes to become an auditor and, eventually, an accounting professor.

Interested in forensic accounting, Gerstenberger said she is thankful for the exposure the accounting department has given her to the full range of careers in the accounting field.

“The faculty helped me see beyond the stereotypes and allowed me to put myself in the best position possible to achieve my career goals,” Gerstenberger said.

Gerstenberger also said the opportunity to enroll in the accelerated master’s program has changed her education, as it will allow her to enter to workforce sooner than she would have in a traditional program.

Steven Maler

Steven Maller is an international business and accounting double major. He anticipates graduating in May 2021 and hopes to work in the nonprofit sector of business either through an accounting firm or nonprofit organization.

Maler said the Moore School has provided him with excellent professors and classmates that have prepared him for his career.

“I have grown a lot personally and professionally,” he added.

Central Chapter of SCACPA Graduate Scholarship Recipient: Joseph Popolizio

Joseph Popolizio is in the MACC program in the Moore School. He anticipates graduating in May 2020 and has a full-time job offer with Ernst & Young in their risk advisory practice. Popolizio plans to start there in the summer of 2020.

Popolizio said he thinks the Moore School provides students with the skills that employers are looking for, including oral and written communication skills and knowledge of accounting software that big firms use.


SCACPA [General] Scholarship Recipients: Sarah “Bett” Reagin, Ryan Clark, Hannah Davidson, Molly Niermann, Young Oh, Madeline Robinson and Lannett Washington

Sarah “Bett” Reagin

Sarah “Bett” Reagin is in the MACC program in the Moore School and plans to graduate in August 2020.

Reagin has accepted a tax staff accountant position with Elliott Davis and will start in September 2020.

“In five years, I hope to be able to look back and see growth and success in my accounting so far,” Reagin said.

As she prepares for her future, Reagin said the Moore School will play a large role in her success. She feels well-equipped with a wide variety of skills applicable in the professional world.


Other winners

Lollie Harper Scholarship Recipient: Hannah Davidson*

*Davidson was also awarded a SCACPA Scholarship.

Sheheen Hancock & Godwin Scholarship Recipient: Ryan Clark*

*Clark was also awarded a SCACPA Scholarship.

Coastal Chapter of SCACPA Scholarship Recipient: Lanett Washington*

*Washington was also awarded a SCACPA Scholarship.

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