Army National Guard Member, Accounting Major Awarded Financial Executives Scholarship Friday, March 17, 2017
Meet Chereese Langley
Expected graduation: Spring 2018
College activities/internships: Student Accounting Association, Point Park Competitive Cheer and Dance Team, student ambassador for Surgent CPA Review, accounting intern for RLO & Company and served as a member of Point Park's Cross Country and Track and Field teams
Honors and awards: Deloitte Academic Enhancement Award, Student Athlete Award and Dean's List
Scholarships: Trustee scholarship and Athletic scholarship
Hometown: DuBois, Pa.
High school: DuBois Area High School
Dream job: Being a certified public accountant and a partner for one of the Big 4 public accounting firms
Based on Langley's high academic achievement, service as an active member of the Army National Guard and her aspirations to work in the accounting field, she was selected to receive the Kuldeep Shastri Memorial Scholarship from the Pittsburgh Chapter of Financial Executives International. Langley will be honored March 21, 2017, at the FEI Scholarship Awards Dinner in Pittsburgh.
-- Cheryl Clark, M.B.A., CPA, Associate Professor of Accounting
"I feel like the opportunities are endless at Point Park. I love getting to represent Point Park and being challenged on a daily basis with balancing academics and athletics."
-- Chereese Langley
How did you receive the FEI scholarship?
I was nominated by Associate Professor Cheryl Clark so I sent in my resume and personal statement and was the one chosen for the scholarship! I really felt honored to have even been nominated for such a distinguished scholarship, let alone the one student who was chosen from Point Park.
Why did you choose Point Park?
What drew me to Point Park was the campus location directly in the city and the opportunities I knew the University would provide me throughout my college career. Also, having the opportunity to be a part of the University's first track and field and competitive cheer and dance teams were also reasons I chose Point Park.
How are your professors and classes preparing you for your accounting career and the CPA exam?
All of my professors have really helped me prepare for my career in accounting. I not only learn lots of information in my classes, but I also get to practice applying it in real-world situations. My sophomore year in college, I took a QuickBooks class which led me to my current internship with RLO & Company, where I am working under two CPA professionals.
I've also learned so much about the CPA exam throughout my classes because my professors have really taken the time to break down and inform students on what to expect, what to focus on and how to prepare overall for the exam.
Describe your experiences being a student athlete at Point Park.
Being a student athlete at Point Park requires commitment, discipline and time management skills. It has been such a wonderful experience and has really kept me on my toes. I feel like the opportunities are endless at Point Park. I love getting to represent Point Park and being challenged on a daily basis with balancing academics and athletics.
What advice do you have for our incoming students?
Keep an open mind, get involved in activities and participate in as many organizations and events as you can on campus. Lastly, just be yourself.
Lead photo by Gracey Evans, sophomore photojournalism major