Katelyn Fischer, a senior at Marymount University, is the recipient of the annual Michael E. Mares Scholarship, established by PBMares, LLP and presented by the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) Educational Foundation.
Katelyn says, “I was very excited to be awarded the $2,000 scholarship, which is helping me with my final year’s tuition. In May 2014, I will graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.”
She learned of the scholarship through Marymount’s Saints Being Saints
mentorship program, which pairs current students with alumni. Katelyn explains,” The mentorship program is great. I really give lots of credit to Thomas Chin ʼ99, my alum mentor, who has been a guiding influence through my college years. He not only told me about the VSCPA scholarship, he provided résumé advice and, most importantly, helped me prepare for and get an internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers. And from the internship, I received a full-time job offer to start after graduation!”
The Mares Scholarship was created to honor the memory and accomplishments of Michael Mares, a nationally known accountant and attorney, who passed away in 2009. The scholarship is awarded to a student of strong academic ability, who also demonstrates the promise of extraordinary professional talent. Katelyn Fischer meets these high standards. With a 4.0 GPA in her accounting major, she is a member of the Honors Program
, a campus leader in volunteer service, and captain of the women’s basketball team
A true example of Marymount’s commitment to service, Katelyn was in charge of the 2012 “Sock It to Me” drive, a program that provides socks and toiletries to benefit Grate Patrol, an outreach program for the homeless in DC. In addition, she spearheaded the Marymount St. Jude Walk-a-thon last spring to raise funds to combat childhood cancer.
Just a few of her most recent athletic honors, netted during the 2012-2013 season, include Honorable Mention All-America (selected by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association), 2013 D3Hoops.com Atlantic Region Player of the Year, and 2013 Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year. She was also one of 11 finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, awarded to the top Division III men’s and women’s basketball player in the nation.