ASC business students receive Wall, Smith, Bateman Scholarships

(12-11-2009)

Wall, Smith, Bateman, and Associates Inc. awarded accounting scholarships to the following Adams State College students, Cody Burns, Megan Hawkins, Pam Klecker, Roger Jackson, Donielle Van Gieson, Kenneth Kwiek, and Andrea Salazar.

Wall, Smith, Bateman, and Associates Inc. current shareholders Lyle Hood, Ron Chapman, Mike Hudson, David Young, Bob Gjellum, and Karla Willschau, continue to support Adams State College with the same spirit as the firm's founders. Every year WSB awards scholarships to accounting students at Adams State College.

Klecker said she and her daughter attend college. "I appreciate the firm making the scholarship available. Every contribution to my expenses helps."

The accounting firm has been awarding scholarships since 1982; the average number of recipients per year is eight with approximately 200 scholarships awarded in the last 25 years.

Andrea Salazar said the extra funds help her with books. "I always try and find used books, but this last year I had to buy all new. Books are expensive and the scholarship really helped with this expense."

Many Adams State students have worked for the firm as interns. "We have expanded the program in terms of the number of students working as interns in our office," Larry A. Pochardt, WSB firm administrator, said. "Our firm supports Adams State's School of Business accounting program including the financial support of scholarships and the number of jobs we offer to graduating seniors, and the internships offered."

Dr. Kurt Keiser, chair of the School of Business, said the WSB scholarships provide a tremendous service to the students.

"The accounting program is one of the strongest programs in the School of Business," Keiser said. "Over the years, our outstanding faculty have done an amazing job developing the program and fostering a vital linkage with Wall, Smith, and Bateman. Through their generous scholarship support and internship opportunities, Wall, Smith, and Bateman has played an integral role in the success of the accounting program. The School of Business and the college are indebted to Wall, Smith, and Bateman."

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By Linda Relyea