Involvement and Academics Make MS ACCY Student Minhchau Nguyen Stand Out
University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business student Minhchau Nguyen was named one of only two recipients of a scholarship for minority accounting students from the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of CPAs.
The scholarship, part of AICPA’s Legacy Scholars program, awards full-time undergraduate and graduate minority students while encouraging the choice of accounting as a major, entry in to the profession and attainment of a CPA license.
Nguyen, a student in the college’s Master of Science in Accountancy program, is well-deserving of the honor, said Michael Newman, director of professional accounting programs.
“Minhchau is a really great person, hard worker, takes her studies very seriously, and participates and is very involved at Bauer,” he added. “I am really impressed with her commitment to excellence and helping others.”
Nguyen’s high grade point average, well-rounded résumé and solid involvement in student organizations likely gave her an edge over other applicants, Newman said.
“One unique thing about this scholarship is that as an AICPA scholarship recipient, I was asked to commit to performing eight hours of community service per semester to advocate for the CPA profession,” Nguyen said.
To fulfill the requirement, Nguyen plans to partner with other AICPA Legacy Scholars from the college to job shadow a working CPA, documenting the experience through video and sharing with other current and prospective accounting students through social media to promote the profession.
Nguyen said she is passionate about accounting as a career, in part because she has had the opportunity to learn more about the industry through the college’s academic program and strong connection to the business community.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with fellow students from diverse backgrounds as well as interact with corporate, public-accounting, government, and not-for-profit accounting discipline leaders,” she added.
And thanks to some assistance from the college’s Rockwell Career Center, Nguyen was able to land an accounting internship with Enterprise Product Partners, an energy company, over the summer. This experience coupled with interaction with faculty, classmates and leaders in the industry has further fueled Nguyen’s desire to become an accountant, she said.
Nguyen hopes to add value to a business by working on an organization’s internal controls, financial reporting and auditing by working side-by-side with managers in order to make a business more successful.
“Being involved at Bauer has allowed me to build leadership and communication skills, to fulfill my passion for accounting and to bond and collaborate with classmates to make a positive community impact,” she said.
By Ryan Tang