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OCC Graduate Receives Illinois CPA Society Scholarship

Jaclyn Shan PhotoOlney Central College alumna Jaclyn Shan is the recipient of a $4,000 scholarship awarded by the Illinois CPA Society.

Shan, of Olney, received the Women’s Executive Committee Advancing Women in Accounting Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding female accounting students who demonstrate leadership potential.

“I’m really excited, but not just about the monetary award,” she said. “Being selected for an honor like this makes you feel like you are on the right track in your career.”

Shan is among 33 college and university accounting students in the state to benefit from the society’s Accounting Scholarship Program, funded by the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois.

“The accounting profession is thriving and we’re proud to support these dedicated students as they learn skills that will lead to promising careers,” said Todd Shapiro, President and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society. “With this impressive group, the future of accounting is in good hands and we’re thankful for the many generous donors who are providing the financial resources to help these students seek bright futures.”

Shan always knew she wanted a career in business, but was undecided on a major. With no chosen field of study, Shan decided to take advantage of a scholarship she received from OCC and begin her associate’s degree there.

“I thought it would provide a good foundation for my education and it was definitely a great decision,” she said. “With the smaller class sizes, you receive more attention from your instructors. All of the teachers were very positive and I learned a lot. They were always there if I needed anything.”

It was through her classes at OCC that Shan realized she wanted to become a certified public accountant.

“I had Kristi Urfer’s accounting class and I really liked it,” she said. “I kind of fell in love with accounting after that first class.”

Shan completed her studies at OCC in December 2016. During the spring semester, she took online classes through both Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois universities, before participating in OCC’s commencement exercises in May.

Shan is currently serving an internship with Kemper CPA Group in Olney and will be attending EIU this fall. She plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in accounting in May 2018 and, the following year, complete her master’s degree in business administration with an accountancy concentration.

“I would definitely recommend OCC to others,” she said. “While at OCC, I was president of two clubs, Phi Beta Lambda and Phi Theta Kappa. I don’t think I would have had that opportunity at a larger school. I want to thank my teachers, family and friends who have helped me get to this point in my career.”

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