Young Caymanians Suzanne Scott, Alexander Gordon and David Bodden are the latest scholarship recipients from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Ms. Scott, originally from Cayman Brac, is currently studying for her accounting degree at Elon University in North Carolina and intends to take her CPA exams in her final semester. She also plans to work at PwC next summer as an intern. Ms. Scott will return to her studies this September with a scholarship from the firm that will support her financially through her studies at both the degree and CPA levels.
“Having a guaranteed job at the end of my studies is one of the most important benefits of my scholarship,” she said. “It is also great that I am able to build up a network of advisers at PwC while I study. The staff are really welcoming – it’s very much like a family.”
Ms. Scott said she always knew she would pursue an education in accounting, having helped out in her family’s business and enjoyed the organisation and rules of business. She said she spent a considerable time reviewing scholarship offers and thought PwC’s application the most straight-forward and user-friendly.
Mr. Gordon will return to Kingston College in London in September to continue his degree and then take his CPA exams. He said one of his lecturers at the college also was a former PwC professional and offered him great insight into the profession and the firm itself. Mr. Gordon said he also had invaluable assistance from his Sixth Form tutors at St Ignatius who helped him initially gain a government scholarship to help him through his first year at college.
“Tuition fees are going up in the UK and so PwC’s scholarship has really assisted me a great deal in funding my studies through university and also in taking my CPA exams,” he confirmed.
Mr. Gordon plans to work as a PwC intern this summer and thinks the knowledge and experience he will gain at the firm will help him appreciate the theory when he is next in the classroom.
Mr. Bodden is the latest addition to PwC’s scholarship programme, and he is looking forward to the opportunity of studying at Baylor University in Texas, having recently graduated from Kent School in Connecticut.
Angilynn Chan, PwC’s assurance and business development manager, said the firm works closely with all its scholarship recipients throughout their studies to ensure the individuals receive professional, as well as financial, support.
“Our HR Department has instigated a buddy system so that our recipients always have someone at the firm with whom they can discuss their studies,” she said.
Mr. Gordon and Ms. Scott make up just part of PwC’s ongoing scholarship programme, with many students having almost completed their studies and well on their way to becoming members of the firm.
Brianna Ebanks is in her final year at the University of Tampa and intends to pursue her masters upon graduation. PwC has assisted with scholarship grants throughout her studies. She said she has worked at the firm as an intern during the summer holidays throughout college and recently gained experience within PwC’s insolvency group.
Matthew Hale is studying at the University of South Carolina and said his scholarship has been incredibly helpful in assisting him get through his studies. He is looking forward to taking his CPA exams, thinking the qualification will open many doors for him.
William Hinds is at Louisiana State University and said the environment at PwC has been welcoming, friendly and sociable, and has helped to erase any preconceived stuffy accountant stereotyping he may have had. His scholarship and internship at PwC has helped him develop a broad understanding of the profession, he said.
Ms. Chan said PwC is delighted to be able to offer scholarships to such enthusiastic and hard-working young people and added: “At PwC we want to give back to the community and at the same time build a solid future for the firm. We feel that investing in people is the best way to achieve both these goals.”
PwC has eight scholarship students at various stages of its scholarship programme. The programme has been established for more than 30 years, with many leaders within the community emerging as a result.