By Scott Bigelow
From left: Club President-elect Crystal Caton, a junior from Swansboro; Treasurer-elect Cheryl Joseph, a junior from Laurinburg; Secretary Tracy Hankins, a senior from Fayetteville; Chancellor Meadors; President Carla Jacobs, a senior from Lumberton; Rebecca Giddens, a senior from Fayetteville; Treasurer Crystal Luther, a senior from Fayetteville; and Advisor Sharon Bell.
Accounting students at The University of North Carolina understand the effects of rising costs on the economy.
That was the case this spring at UNCP when the Accounting Students Association established a scholarship to provide relief from high textbook prices.
Officers of the undergraduate student club met March 24 with Chancellor Allen C. Meadors to discuss the $500 book scholarship they funded.
"Textbooks are so expensive for us," said Tracey Hankins, club vice president. "Last semester, I spent $800 on books."
Club President Carla Jacobs said a book scholarship was the first item on the group's agenda during the 2003-4 school year.
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors thanked the club members for its support of their support of fellow students.
"Few things are more important in our society than philanthropy," Chancellor Meadors said. "The students in the Accounting Students Club have demonstrated their support of others by breaking down some of the financial barriers of earning a college education."
Club Advisor Sharon Bell, a professor in the School of Business, said it has been a good year for the Accounting Students Club.
"This has been a very active group," Bell said of the 15-member club. "There were no book scholarships for accounting students before this group established one."
Funds from the Accounting Students Association Book Scholarship will go to an accounting student, who is in good academic standing at the University and with a demonstrated financial need. The $500 annual scholarship will be available at the campus Bookstore in amounts of $250 per semester.