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OSU accounting student Alicia Cornelius has been awarded the national 2021 Power Your Education Scholarship.

OSU accounting student awarded national scholarship

Monday, May 10, 2021

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Oklahoma State University student Alicia Cornelius is one of 10 students in the nation to be awarded a 2021 Power Your Education Scholarship for $10,000 from the audit, tax and consulting firm RSM US LLP and the RSM US Foundation.

The national program awarded a total of $100,000 in tuition assistance to university students to support the next generation of business and technology professionals.

Cornelius is an accounting major from Yukon, Oklahoma, who will begin her senior year in the Spears School of Business this fall. She was the only student from Oklahoma selected to receive one of the 10 annual scholarships.

“I am beyond excited to be selected as a Power Your Education Scholarship recipient,” Cornelius said. “This award is such an honor and it’s so surreal to think that I was chosen for this scholarship on a national level. I look forward to being able to spend more time focusing on my coursework and making memories with my friends, in my senior year of school, and less time worrying about finances.”

“As a graduate of the OSU School of Accounting, I am thrilled that an OSU accounting student was one of 10 students nationwide selected by the RSM Foundation to receive this scholarship,” said Jim Denny, the office managing partner for RSM in Oklahoma City who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from OSU. “As someone who has spent almost 40 years in this profession since graduating from OSU, I am excited to see the quality of the students about to enter the profession and look forward to the new and innovative ideas these students will bring to us upon graduation.”

Scholarship winners were chosen based on GPA and major as well as a written description of what makes them unique. The applicants were also judged on a video response to a question asking what RSM’s brand tagline — “The power of being understood” — means to them.

Along with her involvement with the Spears accounting program, Cornelius also represents the business school as one of its student ambassadors.

“I’m incredibly thankful for all the professors and staff in the School of Accounting who have been so supportive of me up to this point,” Cornelius said.

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