Ten ASC Business students receive Wall, Smith, Bateman Scholarships


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Jessica Bogner, Roger Jackson, Sophia Griego, Michael Smith, Leslie Widger, Loren Wright, Pamela Klecker, Donielle Van Gieson, and Craig Salmon

Wall, Smith, Bateman, and Associates Inc. awarded accounting scholarships to the following Adams State College students, Jessica Bogner, Sophia Griego, Roger Jackson, Pamela Klecker, Melissa Romero, Craig Salmon, Michael Smith, Donielle Van Gieson, Leslie Widger, and Loren Wright.

"This is the second year I've been awarded the scholarship," Griego said. "I used the money to pay for my books for the semester."

Wall, Smith, Bateman, and Associates Inc. current shareholders Lyle Hood, Ron Chapman, Mike Hudson, David Young, Bob Gjellum, and Karla Willschau, continue to support Adams State College with the same spirit as the firm's founders. Every year WSB awards approximately a dozen scholarships to accounting students at Adams State College.

The accounting firm has been awarding scholarships since 1982; the average number of recipients per year is eight with approximately 200 scholarships awarded in the last 25 years.

Many Adams State students have worked for the firm as interns. "We have expanded the program in terms of the number of students working as interns in our office," said Larry A. Pochardt, WSB firm administrator. "Our firm supports Adams State's School of Business accounting program including the financial support of scholarships and the number of jobs we offer to graduating seniors, and the internships offered."

Widger, a senior, is graduating at the end of the fall semester. "I really appreciate the firm assisting Adams State accounting majors."

Dr. Kurt Keiser, chair of the School of Business, said the WSB scholarships provide a tremendous service to the students. "The accounting program is one of the strongest programs in the School of Business," Keiser said. "Over the years, our outstanding faculty have done an amazing job developing the program and fostering a vital linkage with Wall, Smith, and Bateman. Through their generous scholarship support and internship opportunities, Wall, Smith, and Bateman has played an integral role in the success of the accounting program. The School of Business and the college are indebted to Wall, Smith, and Bateman."

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By Linda Relyea