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Minority Affairs Stays Active this Summer

June 12, 2014, Christi Mathis and Wendell Hughes

${image-alt} Michael Haywood stands with his Inspiring St. Louisan Award

CARBONDALE, Ill.  -- Three Southern Illinois University Carbondale students received scholarships at the recent National Association of Black Accountants Inc. St. Louis Metropolitan Chapter’s 33rd Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon. 

Chimere Onyema is the recipient of the Barry C. Winters CPA Memorial/Boeing Scholarship; Olivia Grant received the Ronald Slaten CPA Memorial/Boeing Scholarship, and Kayla Pruitt won the Douglas E. Kelly CPA Memorial/Edward Jones Scholarship. 

Grant, a junior accounting major from St. Louis, has a 3.8 GPA and plans to earn a master’s of accountancy after completing her undergraduate degree.  While at SIU she has worked two jobs and earned a number of honors including the Caterpillar Award and the Outstanding Junior in Accounting award.  A member of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, she is a volunteer with National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and is vice president of the SIU Women’s Business Association.   She plans a career in corporate accounting.

Onyema, a master’s of accountancy student from Nigeria, has a 4.0 GPA and is president of the university’s NABA student chapter.  He has served as an international student blogger and vice president of Pi Sigma Epsilon. He plans to complete his degree in May 2015 and seek a career in accounting or information systems.

Pruitt, a sophomore accounting major from St. Louis, holds a 3.8 GPA. Her extracurricular involvement includes work with the Women’s Business Association, Blacks Interested in Business and the Intern Leadership Program at Cardinal Ritter College Prep.

Grant, Onyema and Pruitt received their awards May 16 during a presentation at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. 

Michael L. Haywood Sr., director of SIU College of Business Minority Affairs, received the prestigious “Inspiring St. Louisan” award on June 3, 2014 at the 76th annual Freedom Fund Fellowship Dinner.  Haywood has been a part of the SIU family since 1973 and has made a career of helping students achieve their goals. One of the ways in which he does this is the Exploring Careers in Accounting and Business program.  Each summer the program equips students with some of the skills necessary for being successful in college.  Haywood spoke fervently about the program stating, “The program has yielded much success with students since its beginning.” One of those success stories is the 2014 SIU Homecoming Queen and student body president, Brittany Greathouse. This year’s program will take place from July 26 through August 2, 2014.  For more information, contact Michael Haywood at haywood@business.siu.edu.