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Accounting Students at Mississippi College Receive National Scholarships

Mississippi College accounting students Pace Boettcher of Southaven and Sloan Session of Sandhill are pictured at Self Hall on the Clinton campus. It's the home of the School of Business.

Two Mississippi College accounting students are the newest recipients of scholarships to attend a national conference in Washington, D.C.

Pace Boettcher of Southaven and Sloan Session of Sandhill in Rankin County will attend the 2018 Association of Government Accountants leadership training meetings.

For the Mississippi College students, it’s a fabulous opportunity on February 27-28 to network with hundreds of professionals passionate about public service. The MC seniors will learn valuable lessons from experts in government and business circles.

Building leadership skills and meeting potential employers sounds great for the pair of Mississippi College students. Association officials spending up to $1,000 for each student to cover their airfare and hotel costs for the meetings. Up to 10 students are selected nationwide.

“MC is the only institution to have recipients consecutively for the past four years since these scholarships have been awarded,” said accounting professor Billy Morehead.

The meetings are set for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

A 20-year-old accounting major, Session is delighted to make the trip. He graduates on the Clinton campus in May and plans to return to MC for his MBA. The Pisgah High graduate seeks a career in public or government accounting.

Boettcher, 21, expressed her thanks for the strong support she’s received from Morehead and the School of Business. “I am pumped to travel to D.C. in February.”

As for his future, the Mississippian accepted a tax accounting summer internship at the firm of Carr, Riggs and Ingram in Ridgeland. A DeSoto Central High graduare, Boettcher plans to return to Mississippi College in Fall 2018 to earn her MBA.

Morehead sees the Washington conference as a nice way to open career doors for both students. “The opportunity affords our students the chance to meet and network with key federal and state government leaders at the highest levels of government.”

President Lee Royce commended the two students for their fine record of achievement.

In previous years, Mississippi College students Kimberly Sledge attended the Association of Government Accountants conference in 2015, followed by Pete Thomason in 2016 and Rowan St. John in 2017. A Texas native, St. John is a former Student Government Association president at the Baptist-affiliated university in Clinton.