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Accounting student wins prestigious scholarship 


Axsel Brown, a recent graduate of the accounting program at Coastal Carolina University, was awarded the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) National Merit Scholarship; the scholarship amount was $10,000. The scholarship is issued to qualified students enrolled in an accounting bachelor’s or master’s degree program at a regionally accredited American college or university The student must show appropriate interest and skill in accounting and auditing, and demonstrate high ethical standards.

Brown was nominated by accounting professors Gregory Krippel, Christopher Becker, Philip Njoroge and Darlene Booth-Bell. “I was both grateful and surprised when I was told I won the scholarship,” says Brown. “I have always worked hard in my studies and classes. It feels nice to have that hard work validated, and I am thankful for the opportunities I have received at CCU.”

Brown, a native of Pawleys Island, graduated magna cum laude in May 2018 and is currently enrolled in the Master of Accountancy program at Coastal. As an undergraduate, he was involved in organizations such as Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Society for Leadership and Success, the Student Executive Leadership Program and Beta Alpha Psi, of which he was also the president. Brown was also an accounting tutor and is currently a graduate assistant in the Wall Center for Excellence. “I love CCU,” Brown said. “I have worn a lot of hats while here, such as accounting tutor, resident adviser, date analyst and now a graduate assistant.”

When asked about his future plans, Brown said, “I plan on obtaining my master’s in accounting and passing all four parts of the CPA exam, however, my long-term goal is to teach accounting at a university one day.”