National Association of Black Accountants Inc. is one of the most prominent organizations in the United States that represents the interest of young black professionals. Since its inception in 1969, NABA has helped Black students achieve their goals. Grambling students for the first time in history excelled at various categories of awards/recognitions. These include Yeager CPA Review Scholarship, Distinguished Collegian, National Scholarship Award, and the most coveted and revered recognition, the NABA man and woman of the year.
This year’s convention, which lasted from June 10-14 at the Hilton Hotel Atlanta, attracted people from all walks of life. The event kicked-off with an open reception which was followed by an off-site tour at the World of Coca-cola in Atlanta.
The excursion gave students an opportunity to network both with professionals and companies’ representatives. More so, GSU students took the advantage of different activities such as Student Orientation, Public Forum, Student Seminar Sessions, Professional Etiquette Luncheon, Diversity Recruitment Expo, among others to learn, network with other students and explore opportunities from numerous companies that attended the convention.
The acme of the 37th Annual National Convention & Diversity Recruitment Expo was the Scholarship Luncheon. This occasion saw more than 1,500 people in attendance.
In her opening remark, the incumbent national president of NABA, Gwendolyn D. Skillern, lauded the scholarship recipients for their excellent and outstanding performances. Among the 63 scholarship recipients from all colleges and universities, nine students hailed from Grambling State University. Additionally, out of 10 students selected as Distinguished Collegians, two students were also from GSU.
More so, among the scholarship recipients, four students each received $10,000. Interestingly, three of them were GSU students.
Grambling State not only had nine scholarship recipients and two Distinguished Collegians but also produced this year’s NABA Man and Woman of the year.
Clarita Monrose, a junior accounting major with 3.86 GPA, was named the Woman of the year while Kelvin Augusta, a junior accounting major, was named the 2008 NABA Man of the Year.
In his five minute speech before companies’ CEOs, CFOs, top dignitaries, professionals and students, Augusta acknowledged NABA for such a recognition and honor bestowed on him.
Indeed, Grambling State University had a maximum representation at this year’s convention. As a result of GSU NABA students’ academic achievements, top companies especially the “Big 4,” have expressed their interest to explore different talents at Grambling State.
GSU’s NABA chapter enjoins Grambling students to identify with NABA so as to benefit from countless number of opportunities and scholarships NABA offers to its members. Everybody is welcomed to join NABA. With NABA, career opportunity is limitless.