Undergraduate Students Jesus Juarez and Lydia Mammen Recognized as Leaders of Tomorrow
Two students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business have been recognized among the 10 top undergraduate student leaders nationwide by a leading network of audit, tax and accounting firms.
Accounting majors Jesus Juarez and Lydia Mammen have each earned $10,000 for the upcoming academic year from the RSM US LLP “Power Your Education” Scholarship.
Launched by the firm’s foundation earlier this year, the scholarship program is designed to build the middle market business leaders of tomorrow through 10 scholarships provided to undergraduate students from around the nation. In addition to the financial award, selected students also received an invitation to participate in RSM’s externship program, Pathways.
In order to be considered, scholarship candidates submitted a short statement describing what makes them unique, along with a 30-second video addressing their thoughts on the “Power of Being Understood.”
“The values of RSM are quite similar to my own values of honesty, compassion, stewardship, respect and integrity, so the video just came together,” Mammen said. “I wanted my submission to be genuine and clear, honest and thoughtful. The idea was that in hearing my perspective of the power of being understood, they also got to know me.”
Juarez added: “The inspiration behind my video were the students, staff and alumni of Bauer. Just as RSM seeks to provide the power of being understood, I truly believe that Bauer seeks to provide the resources and tools to help students accomplish their goals. That is the reason why I included some of my closest friends in the video to describe how collaboration of diverse individuals with values on integrity, stewardship, respect and teamwork build a better tomorrow.”
With the financial support provided by the scholarship, both students plan to continue in the coming year as active student leaders within the Bauer College. Juarez and Mammen have each held a number of roles with on-campus organizations, including the Bauer Honors Student Board, the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) and Bauer Ambassadors.
“This past year I was working 40 hours plus handling 15 hours of classes, which led me not to be involved as I wanted,” Juarez said. “The scholarship gave me the ability to run for HBSA president this past semester, and now I am serving as one of the youngest presidents in HBSA history.”
Mammen added: “It’s humbling and encouraging to be one of the recipients of this award. This scholarship reminds students like myself that we have gifts and talents that can be used to lead the world around us. It encourages us in our capabilities to further grow and further develop so that we can be the best for our world.”
Mammen will graduate in December, while Juarez expects to complete his undergraduate degree in May 2019. Both students plan to pursue an MS in Accountancy through the Bauer College after graduation.
By Priscilla Aceves