Smith School Senior Awarded ACG Scholarship
Rachel Seymone Ellis, a rising Smith School senior pursuing a degree in
accounting and information systems, was awarded a prestigious scholarship by the
National Capital chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, Inc. (ACG).
“ACG has a scholarship for students so we can get exposure in the real
business world and network,” Ellis said. “I applied for the scholarship during
the spring semester last year. I wanted to apply because I heard from professor
Patricia Cleveland how wonderful the scholarship was, one, because of the nice
sum of money – $6,000 – and, two, because student scholars get a free annual
membership to attend all of the ACG events.”
ACG is a premier global association with more than 12,000 members from
corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms. The
association has 53 chapters in North America and Europe, and offers its
scholarship each year to students in the metro area.
“The scholarship program is a multi-level process. First, the Smith School
selects two students to go to the ACG headquarters in McLean, Va., to interview
with the ACG scholarship board,” Ellis explained about the scholarship process.
“Second, the ACG board goes through all the contestants and chooses the winners
based on GPA, extracurricular activities and professional mindset. The
competition is always intense, since the board selects students from all around
the D.C. region.”
During her time at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the University
of Maryland, Ellis has been actively involved in extracurricular and social
activities. She was elected by her Smith peers to serve as the undergraduate
senator for two consecutive years. She is also known around the business school
for the Personal Financial Literacy seminars she hosts, mentoring other students
on how to create and host their own programs.
Additionally, Ellis serves as the vice president of finance for the Phi Kappa
Phi honors fraternity and is an active member of her National Association of
Black Accountants (NABA) chapter. Outside the classroom, she gains real-world
experience through internships in the accounting industry, interning in the
Federal Audit practice at KPMG for the past three summers. She is part of the
university’s Honors Program and is teaching an Honors class for freshmen this
About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.