Accounting Major Brings Home $5K Scholarship

Naveen Jindal School of Management undergraduate Sixuan (Veronica) Wang had no idea she had won a $5,000 scholarship from Ernst & Young until her boyfriend told her he saw her name on the Web page of Ascend, the nonprofit organization through which the scholarship was being awarded.

After a phone call to Ascend headquarters, Wang, a junior accounting major and treasurer of the JSOM-based UT Dallas student chapter, said she found a congratulatory letter in her junk email box. A required essay, her résumé and a phone interview had put her in contention in the competitive selection process. On August 25, she was one of 12 students nationally to receive a corporate scholarship during Ascend’s 2013 National Convention in Anaheim, California.

Wang came to the U.S. from China in 2009, and is in her second year at UT Dallas, where she said her membership in Ascend has made all the difference. “There are lots of networking opportunities. As officers, we plan and organize events together, and its helps me practice both my teamwork and leadership skills.”

Asked whether she might like to work at EY in the future, Wang said: “Since I’m double majoring in accounting and finance, EY would be a No. 1 choice to start my career.”