In its continuing mission to support the educational and career goals of our affordable housing leaders of the future, the David Reznick Foundation (DRF) supported ten Bowie State University (BSU) Accounting students with scholarships for the academic year 2022-2023. (Some of these students were previously announced, but this post provides a more complete list of the total FY 22-23 DRF scholarship class).
“This scholarship will help me better ease my college life as a student that also works full-time,” said Rocky Aliping (pictured above). “It will allow me to focus more of my time on my education. Learning and knowledge are the pillars of success, and I intend to use them now and later in my career. These fundamentals will forever benefit not only myself but hopefully others as well.”
Ibiyemi James (pictured above) began her accounting career in the fall 2016. “Since then, it has been financially challenging,” she explained, “which is one of the reasons why I had to enroll as a part-time student. Being a part-time student is the only way I can afford to pay my tuition fees, especially if I want to continue my education. Which is also why it is taking me longer to graduate.”
“Before the scholarship award,” Ibiyemi added, “I had planned on taking only three classes next semester, not because I wanted to but because I could not afford to take more classes. But with this scholarship money, I can take an extra class which will allow me to be a step closer to graduating. I want to thank the entire David Reznick Foundation for this scholarship award. I am so excited and thankful.”
“This scholarship is assisting me in reaching my educational goals by helping me pay for the books needed to succeed in all five of my courses this fall and spring semesters,” said Saniya Jones (pictured above). “Due to recent changes, the athletic department no longer covers student-athletes’ books. Therefore, the scholarship will be a tremendous help in the purchasing of books so I can fully focus on my studies without having to worry about how much of my money I must spend.”
Saniya added, “This scholarship is also assisting me in reaching my career goals by putting me a step ahead with finding the right materials that will allow me to be most successful in the classes that help drive my career knowledge.”
Abigel Kassa (pictured above) said, “This scholarship has helped further my education and assist me financially. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in this scholarship.”
Madison Rogers (pictured above) shared: “This scholarship will assist me in reaching my educational and career goals by relieving me of my financial burden. The scholarship will help pay for my tuition for this academic year, thus, allowing me to finish my junior year of college. Also, this scholarship allows me to focus on my classwork without worrying about how I will be able to attend college.”
“Once I obtain my Bachelor's degree,” Madison added, “I plan on continuing my education to obtain my Master's degree. Once I obtain my Master's degree, I plan on taking the CPA Exam. This scholarship is putting me closer to reaching my goals.”
“I would like to thank the David Reznick Foundation for this prestigious award,” said Ngoc Hong Tran (pictured above). “As an international student from Vietnam, going through education in a developed country like the United States is a wonderful experience. At the same time, financial difficulties have always been my top concern, as I have to pay a huge amount for tuition and living expenses. This scholarship will help me solve many financial problems, and I can focus on my education because I have a less financial burden. My goal is to graduate on time and then take the CPA exam. This is also a great motivation that gives me more strength to pursue my career goals.”
I am a first-generation American from a divorced home where both my parents are immigrants from Jamaica,” Talisa Watson (pictured above) explained. “While I am not the first in my family to achieve or pursue a bachelor's degree, it is still a difficult process of which I am not having much guidance. My goal is to decrease the loans I owe by the time I graduate because I will be in school to get a bachelor's degree in accounting and achieve the 150 credits (30 credits extra) to be CPA eligible. Furthermore, I am already sitting on loans worth more than $17,000, and I am just a rising senior. My mother, whom I admire, is my main support system, not only financially but emotionally. I do not want to put more of a burden on her to provide money so I can achieve higher education. This scholarship is very important to me as it lightens the weight of debt on my shoulders. I am a well-rounded college student maintaining a GPA of 3.96 and engaged in two College of Business organizations.”
Talisa, who interned for her second summer with Ernst & Young LLP, added, “To have as successful a career as I want, I need my CPA to go further in the company. I have kept my grades up, and I plan to graduate with a GPA above 3.5 with the necessary credits to become eligible for the CPA. I plan to graduate with my undergraduate degree and then start studying for the four-part exam to hopefully pass all the tests under the 18-month window. I strive to have a great life full of happiness and wealth for myself and my family. To begin this journey, I am trying my best not to accept any more loans. Hence, I am excited to receive this scholarship and thankful to David Reznick Foundation.”
Wubalem Waka (pictured above) shared: “I am humbled to have been selected as the Bowie State University accounting scholarship recipient. The scholarship will help me achieve my educational and career objectives by allowing me to devote more time and effort to my academic studies. Once again, thank you, David Reznick Foundation, for your thoughtful and kind gift.”
DRF was also pleased to award FY 22-23 scholarships to BSU accounting students Robert Oppong and Destiny Paul, but as of the date of this publication, had yet to receive photos or testimonials.
“On behalf of the entire DRF board, we continue to wish these talented and committed students the very best, both in their current studies and future careers in affordable housing,” said DRF Board member Russell Phillips. “We do not doubt that their efforts will impact many and that David Reznick would be as impressed with—and proud of—them as we are.”
ABOUT THE DAVID REZNICK FOUNDATION
From revitalizing communities to mentoring the leaders of tomorrow, the David Reznick Foundation creates long-term progress within the affordable housing industry by facilitating opportunities for individuals and organizations alike. For more information visit https://www.davidreznickfoundation.org/.