Nate Abebe, a senior accounting major at Oklahoma State University, is the recipient of a $10,000 scholarship awarded by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). The merit scholarship is intended to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue careers in auditing.
The 20-year-old is the son of Zafu G/Kidan and Bezabeh Abebe of Ethiopia.
“This scholarship means a lot to me because my parents are in Ethiopia, therefore all expenses I incur in college are my responsibility and this scholarship will alleviate my financial burden,” Abebe said.
"The OSU accounting program has been great in teaching me not only about the principles of accounting, but they have also taught me principles and disciplines that will help me with my career and my life in general."
Abebe was nominated by the School of Accounting scholarship committee in the Spears School of Business.
“Nate is the kind of student and person all faculty love to have in their class and to see represent OSU,” said Leah Muriel, assistant professor in the School of Accounting. “He is a hard worker, motivated, personable and respectful to others.”
Abebe will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in accounting in May 2019, and then plans to continue his education by pursuing his master’s degree from OSU.
“The OSU accounting program has been great in teaching me not only about the principles of accounting, but they have also taught me principles and disciplines that will help me with my career and my life in general,” said Abebe, who is a member of Beta Alpha Psi (an honorary organization for accounting students) and The Navigators (a campus ministry).
Abebe, who plans to sit for the CPA exam in 2020, says the Spears Business accounting faculty have been instrumental in his education.
“The accounting professors that I have had have been amazing and helpful, and I would not be where I am today without their help,” he said.
The PCAOB Scholarship Program awards funds to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accounting degree program at accredited U.S. colleges or universities.
The PCAOB is a nonprofit corporation established by Congress to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect investors and the public interest by promoting informative, accurate, and independent audit reports. PCAOB was formed following the infamous corporate meltdowns of Enron and WorldCom. The PCAOB scholarship was created from fines imposed upon those companies.