The College of Business recently recognized the following students who were awarded fellowships or scholarships academic year. Learn more about these outstanding students.
Accounting Advisory Board Scholarship & Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship
Patrick Roy, ’20 BAB Eastern Washington University
Roy is a native of Deer Park, Washington who returned to Spokane after serving active duty in the U.S. Navy for seven years. He recently earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Professional Accounting, graduating cum laude. Roy is the first in his family to achieve a four-year college degree, and he will be continuing his education as he pursues a Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) degree, beginning this summer. His involvement in Beta Alpha Psi, where he serves as an officer, has provided many networking opportunities and ultimately led to an internship during this year’s tax season. After earning his MPAcc degree, Roy plans to obtain his CPA license and work full-time in an accounting firm.
Avista Information Systems Scholarship & Peter Bozanich Accounting/Information Systems Scholarship
Abdul Basir, senior, management information systems and human resource management
Basir was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is the youngest of ten children and the first to finish high school. His desire to continue his education led him to move to the United States, where he began his college career at Spokane Community College in 2015. Basir earned two associate degrees from SCC, and his now pursuing his bachelor’s degree with majors in management information systems and human resource management, and a minor in economics. He recently obtained Microsoft Office Specialist certification and plans to work in IT or Human Resources after graduation. Basir is an avid runner and soccer player and enjoys participating in Bloomsday and playing forward at Beer Football Club.
Arnie Carlson Accounting Scholarship
Jessica Welte, senior, professional accounting and finance
Welte is entering her senior year at Eastern Washington University, double-majoring in professional accounting and finance with a minor in economics. She is in the honors program at Eastern, and is the treasurer of the honors club. She also works at EWU as a study group facilitator for accounting courses. Welte plans to pursue her masters in professional accounting and sit for the CPA exam upon graduating. She is excited to continue her educational journey at Eastern and looks forward to the future!
CliftonLarsonAllen Accounting Scholarship, John O’Neil Business Scholarship & Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship
Candy Stutzke, ’20 BAB Eastern Washington University
Stutzke is a current student in the Master of Professional Accounting program at Eastern. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Professional Accounting, from Eastern in June of 2020, graduating summa cum laude. Stutzke is active in Beta Alpha Psi and is the new elected president for this coming academic year. She enjoys volunteering in the community and especially her experience this past tax season working with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Spokane. She plans to pass the CPA exam upon graduating and work in the Spokane area with an accounting firm. Stutzke likes to spend her free time painting and having fun with her family.
David J. Copley Accounting Scholarship & Nancy Jenny Accounting Scholarship
Sierrah Hardy, senior, professional accounting
Hardy is a native of Missoula, Montana majoring in professional accounting with a minor in management information systems. She is going into her fourth year as a Track and Field student-athlete at Eastern Washington throwing the javelin. Hardy plans to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in Professional Accounting and then continue to pursue a Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) degree and sit for the CPA exam. In her spare time Hardy loves to spend time outside, especially hunting and fishing with her Dad. She is eager to pursue a career in the professional accounting world!
Dean’s Excellence Scholarship funded by Associated Industries and Advanced Professionals through the Bright Promise Scholarship Program
Ephrem Glushchenko, senior, data analytics
Glushchenko is a senior at Eastern, majoring in data analytics with minors in computer science programming and management information systems. Glushchenko is a first-generation college student whose family immigrated to the United States of America in 1990. He has demonstrated academic excellence at EWU, beginning as a Running Start student in 2016. He chooses his courses thoughtfully with a desire to continuously challenge himself in areas that will ultimately benefit him personally and professionally. He is a member of the President’s Student Advisory Council, works with the Office of Institutional Research, and was extensively involved in working with the City of Spokane’s Homeless Management Information Systems program. In his recommendation letter, Tru Cao noted that Ephrem is a diligent, independent, and hardworking student and strongly recommended him for this scholarship.
Justin Olivares, junior, human resource management
Olivares is a junior majoring in human resource management with a minor in sports management. Olivares’ goals for his future include earning his bachelor’s degree and then continuing on to pursue a graduate degree in Sport and Athletic Administration. He plans to pursue a career in the intercollegiate athletic department for a large division one school in human resources or operations. He recently secured an internship at Spokane Hoopfest. Olivares has worked as a tutor in the C.A.M.P. program at EWU and is currently in the process of becoming a Community Advisor. Olivares works full-time during the summer to fund his education and does volunteer work during winter break. In his recommendation letter, Brian Grinder noted that in working as a tutor with the C.A.M.P. program, “Justin serves not only as a tutor to these students but as a leader, mentor, and motivator. His efforts have no doubt helped many of these students achieve success in their first year of college.”
Dean’s Leadership Scholarship
Jeffrey Greer, senior, management and human resources
Jeffrey Greer returned to college to pursue a degree in business after spending several years working as an automobile mechanic and later serving 8 years in the Army, including leading a team of soldiers in Afghanistan. Greer credits his time in the Army with teaching him a lot about discipline, leadership, and time management. The decision to leave the Army to return to college was not an easy one, but Greer has excelled at Eastern. He currently has a 3.93 cumulative GPA, and has made the Deans list seven times. In addition to being a full-time student at Eastern, Greer works for the EWU Army ROTC department where he enjoys having the opportunity to mentor Cadets on their academic careers and future military service. Greer supports his wife and two young children while attending school and working full time. In her letter of recommendation, Ms. Shaw-Davis, who taught Greer in her Management 326 Organization Theory and Behavior class, noted that He believes in creating a positive culture in an organization where there is mutual respect and people are motivated to give their best efforts.
Jacob Stirpe, junior, management
Jacob Stirpe is a student athlete and scholar. He currently has a cumulative GPA of 3.58 and is a member of EWU’s cross country and track team. He has been named Big Sky all-academic every year that he has been at Eastern. As an athlete, Stirpe describes himself as a competitor who works as hard in practice as he does in a race. He enjoys mentoring and leading his teammates. Stirpe volunteers at numerous church and community activities, including with the American Red Cross. He is in the process of launching an American Red Cross club at EWU which will provide numerous volunteer and philanthropic opportunities for EWU students. Dr. Heidi Connole recommended Stirpe for this scholarship, noting that as a student in her Human Resource Management course, “I have found Jacob to be a person of strong moral character. He works well with others and is committed to supporting their learning in the classroom.”
Dennis R. Higgins Endowed Graduate Fellowship
Megan Dehle, ’19 BA Eastern Washington University
Dehle is a current student in the Master of Business Administration program at Eastern. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Eastern in 2019, graduating summa cum laude. Dehle is also an active volunteer in the community, lending her time and talents to organizations including 4-H of Colbert, Washington, the race organizing committee at 49 Degrees North, and as a volunteer emergency department escort at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Institute of Management Accountants Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Program Scholarship
Jessi Bader, senior, professional accounting
Bader is entering her senior year at Eastern as a Professional Accounting major. Her future goals include passing the CMA exam before obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Professional Accounting in June 2021. She plans to pursue her Master of Professional Accounting and sit for the CPA exam upon graduating. Bader plans to gain experience in the accounting industry and create a program to help teach young adults and underprivileged people how to navigate the financial system in hopes of reducing the poverty trap. She recently secured an internship at a small woman-owned accounting firm. Bader was awarded the CMA Program Scholarship by the Institute of Management Accountants based on her academic excellence and a recommendation from her accounting professor. This is a national scholarship award that will allow Bader to prepare for and take the CMA exam at no cost.
Nancy Jenny Accounting Scholarship
Julia Lawrey, junior, professional accounting and finance
Lawrey is a junior, double-majoring in accounting and finance, with a minor in economics. Lawrey began as a Running Start student at Eastern. After earning her BAB next spring, she plans to continue as a graduate student, pursuing a Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) degree. Her ultimate goal is to earn a CPA license and own her own accounting firm. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society of AACSB accredited schools. Lawrey is very thankful for the opportunities EWU has given her and says that “choosing to complete my second year of Running Start and continue my education here at Eastern has been one of the best decisions I have ever made and I am very excited about what the future holds!
Salina and Tom Savage Business Scholarship
Robyn Thomas, senior, finance and marketing
Thomas is a senior, double-majoring in Finance and Marketing. She plans to graduate at the end of winter quarter 2021. Thomas was born in England and moved to the United States as a child where she lived in Kennewick, Washington prior to moving to Cheney to attend Eastern. Thomas transferred to Eastern as a junior and is in the Honors Program. She currently welcomes guests and visitors to our campus, where she serves as a tour guide and front desk staff at the EWU Visitor Center. After graduation, she hopes to work in event planning, which she has grown to love while planning admissions events at Eastern.
Robert G. Schwartz Entrepreneurship Scholarship
Ben Bailey, junior, finance and entrepreneurship
Bailey is entering his senior year at Eastern, pursuing a double major in finance and entrepreneurship. Bailey is active in both the honors and entrepreneurship programs at EWU, and he recently placed in the top ten in the 2020 EWU $40,000 Startup Challenge with his business idea of financial planning for esports players. He credits his time at Eastern for furthering his understanding of what he wants to do with his life and he says that his experiences here have taught him valuable lessons on how to achieve his dreams. “I’m a very determined individual and have a strong passion to succeed in whatever comes my way.”
J. Herman Swartz & Jean Swartz Bennett and Nate Narrance Graduate Fellowship
Tracy Dang, ’13 BS Central Washington University
Dang is currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at Eastern with a dual concentration in global business and finance. Dang graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Supply Chain Management and Economics from Central Washington University. She migrated from Vietnam to the US as a child, and is the first in her family to attend college. She is pursuing her MBA degree while working full time. Tracy is a senior buyer with experience in several manufacturing industries: aerospace, life science, and her most recent employer, Blue Origin. While working in these industries, Dang realized that the supply chain field offers many career opportunities and she is hopeful that with her MBA degree, she will be able to take on more challenging tasks and apply what she has learned to help any employer. Dang currently resides in Puyallup with her husband. During her free time, she loves to read, jog, or garden. One of her goals is to return to her hometown to do charity work for the elderly and young children who can’t afford to go to school.
Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship
Ocie Tarver, ’20 BAB, Eastern Washington University
Tarver graduated cum laude from EWU in spring 2020, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in professional accounting and a minor in economics. Tarver will be continuing his education at Eastern as he pursues dual master’s degrees in business administration (MBA) and professional accounting (MPAcc). He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and is looking forward to growing his professional network through participation in BAP activities. Tarver recently accepted a position as an accounting coordinator with a public relations and marketing firm in Spokane.
John and Betty Zurenko Scholarship
Isabel Campos, senior, human resource management
Campos is a senior who is pursuing a degree in human resource management on the EWU at Bellevue College campus. Campos is a mother whose son was born just days before she started attending college. She is professionally employed as a receptionist and surgery scheduler. Campos is “beyond grateful for the support that I received from my fellow classmates, professors, advisor, and my family. I definitely could not have done this without you guys!
John and Betty Zurenko Scholarship & Garco Construction Business Scholarship
Robin Robles, senior, marketing
Robles is a senior pursuing a degree in marketing at Eastern. She is a single mom of two wonderful boys and a full-time college student. Robles is a veteran of the United States Air Force, and she volunteered as a firefighter/EMT and also in the adult reading program at the Airway Heights Library. Robles is involved through the work-study program at Eastern in the EWU Veteran’s Resource Center. In her position, she supports fellow veterans and their families along with active duty and guard members who are focusing on furthering their education.