Accenture established the scholarship program to support students at community colleges and other two-year institutions planning to enter bachelor’s degree programs. The 2008 recipients are all pursuing degrees and careers in the high technology and/or business fields. The scholarships are part of the company’s commitment to providing greater access to higher education and developing a more competitive U.S. workforce.
Each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the coming school year and also will be eligible for another $5,000 for one additional year of study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned.
Recipients of this year’s Accenture Community College Scholarship are:
- Ricardo Arencibia – Miami, Fla.
- Manogodjon (Adja) Binate – Gaithersburg, Md.
- Rene Castillo – San Antonio, Texas
- Steven Church – Kensington, Md.
- Remington Dechene – Millersville, Md.
- Kossivi Edji – Hyattsville, Md.
- Joyce Krintz – Germantown, Md.
- Khai Lai – Clarksburg, Md.
- Yi Lian – Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Jenny Weaver – San Antonio, Texas
“Community colleges give students a competitive edge and better prepare them to continue their education,” said William D. Green, Accenture’s chairman & CEO, who graduated from Dean College, a two-year institution in Massachusetts, before going on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree. “The future of our country’s competitiveness depends on an educated workforce, and I am proud of Accenture’s continued commitment to support outstanding community college students.”
Accenture received more than 100 applications for the 2008 scholarship awards. To be eligible, students had, at the time of application, to be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course at an accredited two-year junior or community college; plan to transfer to an accredited four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree; and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent). Selection criteria included academic record, demonstrated leadership, goals and aspirations, participation in school and community activities, and work experience. The scholarship fund is being administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the nation’s largest private-sector scholarship and educational support organization.
The scholarship program complements Accenture’s recently announced Community Teach Program, which will place select Accenture executives in teaching roles and other educational activities at local community colleges. The pilot program will leverage the skills and experience of Accenture executives to bring their real-world experience to benefit the students.
More information about Accenture’s commitment to education and competitiveness can be found at www.accenture.com.
ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests annually, in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at www.ets.org.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With more than 180,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$19.70 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2007. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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