The American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) awarded Cayuga Community College student Rachel Hartman '12 of Seneca Falls, N.Y., a $1,000 scholarship during its annual Student Night dinner on October 18 at the Spaghetti Warehouse in Syracuse.
Hartman maintains a 3.7 average in her accounting major, and expects to transfer into a four-year SUNY college after she graduates in May. She hopes to pursue a career as an accountant and use those skills to help community organizations, who she said, often have difficulties finding someone to keep their books.
"Girl Scout troops need leaders who can manage their funds, and my local church might appreciate a volunteer to help keep the funds of its youth groups organized," Hartman said.
She said she was ecstatic to learn that she had won this scholarship.
"This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies, instead of worrying about working enough hours to cover my tuition and other bills next semester," she said. "I am excited to network with a wonderful group of strong, knowledgeable women. And I want to send a big thanks to Professor Dawn Matijas-Czolowski for all she does to help her students grow as people and achieve their goals!"
Hartman now intends to submit her application for consideration for the ASWA National Scholarship.
Hartman graduated from L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She holds an associate's degree in liberal arts from Richland College, a member of the Dallas County Community College District in Richardson, Texas.
As part of the evening, students had the opportunity to speak with certified public accountants about their education, career paths, resume-writing, interviewing for jobs, and a range of other issues. In addition to Hartman, the College sent several students to the event: Thompson Bourque, Nicole Fallat, Susanne Marshall, Suanna Morrissette, Adam Robinson, and Belinda Tanner. They were accompanied by Accounting Prof. Dawn Matijas-Czolowski.
"I am so excited for Rachel," Matijas-Czolowski said. "She deserves this recognition and support to continue her education."
The mission of the ASWA is to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional, and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.