August 14, 2018  

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USM Graduate Student Earns Public Accounting Scholarship

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Kameshia Mays

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Kameshia Mays has been awarded a prestigious, merit-based scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) for 2018-19. Mays is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Accounting degree.

A native of Greenville, Miss., Mays graduated this past May from USM with an undergraduate degree in accounting. She was nominated for the PCAOB scholarship by members of the accounting faculty within the University’s College of Business and Economic Development.

“I was elated when I learned that I had won the scholarship,” said Mays. “USM has been a significant part of my success. The University always goes beyond to ensure that each student has what is needed to succeed, and for me that includes making the opportunity to obtain an education affordable.”

Just one student from 332 colleges and universities nationwide are chosen to receive the $10,000 scholarship. Mays is the first USM student to earn the honor since Jeana Rich in 2011.

“I congratulate Kameshia for the scholarship from The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and also commend our faculty for nominating her for this award,” said Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the USM College of Business and Economic Development. “The faculty may actually be more excited by the honor than Kameshia, as this provides wonderful support for an amazing student.”

The PCAOB scholarship program is merit-based and students eligible to receive a PCAOB scholarship must:

  • Be enrolled in a bachelor's or master's degree program in accounting at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university;
  • Demonstrate interest and aptitude in accounting and auditing;
  • Demonstrate high ethical standards; and
  • Not be a PCAOB employee or a child or spouse of a PCAOB employee. (Note: This includes all full-time and part-time employees of the PCAOB, including interns, and independent consultants who are natural persons.)

Mays plans to use the scholarship funds for participation in USM’s popular study abroad program – in particular the British Studies Program.

“I have heard many great things about the program, so I know that it will definitely be worthwhile,” she said.