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Baylor Accounting Students Receive PCAOB Scholarships

Sept. 5, 2019

By Caroline Mitchell

Two Baylor Accounting students received scholarships from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) this summer. Yaelis Avila, a current Master of Accountancy student, and Dara Gamble, a transfer undergraduate accounting student, are two of 207 students across the country who received the scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The PCAOB Scholars program’s goal is to reward future accountants and auditors for their hard work and discipline in school. Educational institutions nominate students to be considered for the scholarships.

Gia Chevis, graduate program director in the Department of Accounting and Business Law at the Hankamer School of Business, said she and the department are appreciative that the PCAOB included Baylor in the pilot program for transfer students as well as the regular program.

“These scholarships make a significant financial difference for students,” Chevis said. “Everyone in the department looks forward to seeing [Avila’s and Gamble’s] professional achievements.”

Avila said she felt honored to be nominated for the scholarship from some of her favorite professors in the Hankamer School of Business. She is grateful to her professors who helped her reach her goals and achieve this award.

“I always felt comfortable approaching my professors because they always [made] themselves so available to us,” Avila said. “This was crucial to my success and I will always be thankful for them all.”

Avila is in the middle of her last semester at Baylor and will be the first in her family to graduate from college. She and her family emigrated from Mexico 10 years ago. Avila said she has always felt constant support from her family.

“[My family] made my time at Baylor possible,” Avila said. “Working hard to receive scholarships like this one was my way of giving back to them.”

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