Senior Awarded William G. McGowan Scholarship

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Jennifer Powell, a senior accounting major at Saint Joseph's University, has been named a William G. McGowan Scholar for the 2008-2009 academic year. Powell is the fourth student at Saint Joseph's University to receive this distinguished scholarship.

A resident of Media, Pa., Powell was chosen for the award based on her service activities, academic achievement, leadership ability, and community involvement. Named to the Dean's List every semester since freshman year, Powell is president of the Accounting Society and vice president of professional events for Delta Sigma Pi.

"I was very grateful when I found out that I was chosen," said Powell. "It's a great surprise and huge honor to receive this scholarship."

Powell's immersion in activities on campus speaks to the valuable contributions to society made by William G. McGowan. Powell manages the budget as external finance chair of Up 'til Dawn, tutors mathematics and accounting at the Learning Resource Center, and prepares income taxes for low income families for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). She was also the recipient of the Beta Gamma Sigma Silver Medal Scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Powell, who interned for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in the spring of 2008, has accepted a job as an assurance associate at the company following her graduation from Saint Joseph's in May 2009.

The McGowan Scholars Program is based on the educational experience of McGowan, who did not have sufficient financial support to earn his M.B.A. from Harvard University until he was named the recipient of Harvard's Baker Scholars Award. Saint Joseph's was accepted into the McGowan Scholars Program in 2005. Only schools with AACSB accreditation are eligible for the program, which contributes up to $18,000 toward one outstanding student's tuition.

--Dan Wisniewski '08

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