On February 3, 2004, five Smith School accounting students were awarded scholarships from The Maryland Society of Accountants (MSA) for their outstanding academic achievements. Michelle Fernheimer, Michelle Gardner, Kuo-Sheing Lee, Paula Sparacino, and Daniel Volk were selected among 34 total scholarship winners. The total amount awarded was $22,020.
The scholarships are based on academic merit and awarded to Maryland residents enrolled in an accredited Maryland university, college, or community college. The MSA awards scholarships on a semi-annual basis for the spring and fall semesters. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in accounting and overall, and be currently enrolled in an accounting program.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the Smith School's undergraduate program 17th best in the U.S.
With more than 3,000 members, the Maryland Society of Accountants, Inc. was founded in 1959 to protect the right to practice of all accountants, bookkeepers, tax practitioners and financial planners. Today the Society is the only regional accounting organization, which permits and encourages memberships of tax practitioners, bookkeepers, Enrolled Agents, accountants and CPA's.