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Jaclyn Shan Recognized for Outstanding Achievement at EIU

Jaclyn Shan PhotoFor the second consecutive year, Olney Central College alumna Jaclyn Shan is the recipient of a $4,000 scholarship awarded by the Illinois CPA Society.

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

“I’m really excited to receive the scholarship again,” Shan said. “I’m going into my master’s this fall and it will really help with my expenses.”

Shan is among 39 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.

Shan earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting in May from Eastern Illinois University. She plans to complete her master’s degree in business administration with an accountancy concentration in December 2019 and will then take the CPA exam. She is currently serving a second summer internship with Kemper CPA Group in Olney.

Shan has enjoyed continued success since transferring to EIU. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and received membership into Beta Gamma Sigma, academic honor society. Shan also was selected as one of the 25 EIU Distinguished Seniors. Recipients are individuals who have enriched the university community with their active involvement in all facets of campus life. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding character and leadership through academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and/or extra-curricular honors or awards.

At EIU, Shan has been an active member of Beta Alpha Psi and served as the Vice President of Web Operations for the Student Accounting Society. She was a panel moderator for EIU Accounting Day, on the School of Business Internship panel, and was selected as a student interviewer for EIU accounting faculty candidates.    

Shan earned several honors during the EIU School of Business Awards Night including the Accountancy Advisory Board Scholarship, Clay/Richland Scholarship, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key, the Lincoln J. Woodyard & Florence M. Woodyard Accounting Scholarship and the Earl S. Dickerson Award, which honors an outstanding senior accounting student. She also received the Charles Gifford Manion Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a full-time undergraduate or graduate business student with at least a 2.75 GPA.

“It feels great to be recognized,” Shan said. “I know Eastern is more than impressed with the students who transfer from OCC. I’ve had several students from OCC in my classes and I feel we are representing OCC well.”

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