October 18, 2010
A 2010 WVU College of Business and Economics accounting graduate has won a $1,000 Beta Gamma Sigma scholarship for graduate school. Amanda Macklen of Ridgeley, W.Va., a 2006 graduate of Frankfort High School, was chosen for her superior performance as an undergraduate.
“By definition, those who earn Beta Gamma Sigma honor society membership are the very best among their peers. To receive a Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship, however, indicates that a student has earned the right to be considered the absolute best,” said B&E Dean Jose V. Sartarelli.
Macklen earned a certificate in forensic accounting and fraud investigation at the college during the summer and is enrolled in the Master of Professional Accountancy program, with a graduation date of May 2011. Already she has been offered a job with a public accounting firm near Washington, D.C., upon graduation. “This scholarship has helped me tremendously with graduate fees, and living expenses,” Macklen said.
Beta Gamma Sigma is in its 96th year of recognizing excellence in the study and practice of business. The organization and its member deans have awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to outstanding student members from around the world.
Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program at a school accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
To be eligible for membership, the academic ranking of those being considered must place them in the upper 10 percent of their junior or senior class, or upper 20 percent of the graduating master’s class. Members inducted each year join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 business professionals.