NEW YORK, November 2, 2005 – Elisabeth Peltier, a doctoral candidate in Baruch College’s Stan Ross Department of Accountancy, is one of ten recipients of KPMG Foundation’s Minority Accounting Doctoral scholarship for the 2005-2006 academic year. KPMG LLP, considered one of the “Big Four” companies in the auditing industry, funds the scholarships through annual donations. The $10,000 award is renewable for five years.
Before enrolling at Baruch College, Peltier, originally from Louisiana, now a Queens, New York resident, earned her BA in accounting at Louisiana’s Nicholls State University. She then spent a year at New York University in the pre-doctoral program. Her current area of research is financial accounting, but she is not yet certain exactly where her interests lie within the field. Peltier said deciding factors in Baruch’s favor were positive interviews with Stan Ross Professor of Accountancy Joe Weintrop and professor and chair of the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy, Masako Darrough.
“They were very inviting when I met with them,” Peltier said.
Much like Baruch, which has taught accounting since 1919, producing accounting graduates that occupy more executive positions in U.S. corporations and public accounting firms than any other U.S. college or university, the goal of KPMG Foundation Doctoral Scholarship Program for African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American Doctoral Students in Accounting is to increase minority representation in business programs at colleges and universities, as well as in the American work force.
The scholarship program complements the foundation’s PhD Project, a $15 million program that recruits minority professionals for doctoral programs in all business disciplines.
“It’s obvious that Hispanics, African-Americans, and Native Americans are underrepresented in business fields around the country, so these scholarships are important, since they give us a better opportunity to make it in business,” Peltier said.
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