HATTIESBURG - A
senior accounting major at The University of Southern Mississippi
has been named the recipient of the state's top honor from the Mississippi
Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Julie Michelle Keen of Picayune, the daughter of Tommy
and Jan Keen, is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honor
society, and is the vice president of membership for her sorority,
Kappa Alpha Theta. Keen currently works at Hancock Bank and is an
accounting clerk for Gray Co. Systems.
"I am very honored to receive this award; it
is truly a blessing. It is so encouraging to have organizations
like the MSCPA that are gracious enough to help support my academic
endeavors. I look forward to the opportunity to support students
through scholarships as this organization has done for me,"
The award process begins when university scholarship
committees throughout the state choose one representative of either
junior or senior standing in the field of accounting who exhibits
academic excellence. He or she is guaranteed a $1,000 scholarship.
The state committees then review all candidates, and one is awarded
the MSCPA Hamp King Award and an additional $1,000.
"It is a distinct honor for a scholarship winner
to earn the designation as the Hamp King Award winner. Each year,
scholarship applications from accounting students across the state
are reviewed by the MSCPA awards, education and scholarships committee
and only one applicant, based on academic achievement and campus
involvement, earns this designation," said Jack Coppenbarger,
MSCPA executive director.
Keen will be honored by the MSCPA in a ceremony on
Nov. 5 at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson. Stan Clark, professor of
accounting, said this award will bring both Keen and The University
of Southern Mississippi recognition.
"Julie is a very strong student with a good attention
to detail, which is critical to accounting. Classroom performance
has shown her to be a top-notch student. She has proven Southern
Miss graduates can compete at the highest of levels," said
The MSCPA is an active professional organization of
over 2,600 certified public accountants working together to improve
the profession and better serve the public.
For more information, contact Jana Bryant at (601)