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Senior in accounting awarded prestigious PCAOB scholarship

Brandon Steverson spent the summer of 2014 on a mission trip to China.

Brandon Steverson spent the summer of 2014 on a mission trip to China.

Brandon Steverson, a Harbert College of Business senior in accounting from Tallahassee, Fla., was awarded a $10,000 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. Steverson, nominated by the School of Accountancy scholarships committee, is one of 102 students nationwide to receive the scholarship.

“One of the coolest aspects of receiving the scholarship was that I had no idea that I was even being considered for it until I opened the letter in the mail,” Steverson said. “I know that there are plenty of other students in my class that are much more qualified and deserving than I am, so receiving an award like this one was a surprise. It’s humbling when you get an opportunity handed to you like this. There’s no doubt that it was a God thing.”

Steverson said he plans to use the money to help pay out-of-state tuition toward earning his degree, getting a CPA license and eventually work in public accounting.

“I think all of my classmates would agree that accounting is a tough major, but the accounting faculty at Auburn is second to none,” he said. “It makes all the difference having great professors like Drs. (Jeff) Jones, (Kerry) Inger, and (Travis) Holt that go the distance to prepare their students. There are definitely some classes that make you earn your stripes, but in the end the challenge is what makes Auburn accounting students stand out and it’s the reason we are so well-prepared for a career.”

In its fourth year, the PCAOB Scholarship Program was created to satisfy the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which mandated that funds generated from the collection of monetary penalties imposed by the PCAOB must be used to fund a merit scholarship program for students in accredited accounting degree programs.

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Joe McAdory

Joe McAdory is Communications Editor at The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. Prior to his appointment at Auburn University in January of 2013, McAdory was Editorial Page Editor (2004 to 2013) and Sports Editor (1999-2003) at the Opelika-Auburn News. He has been recognized by the Alabama Press Association and Alabama Associated Press for his sports columns, news columns, investigative reporting and news features. He is a 1992 graduate of Auburn University.
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