United States

RSM US Foundation Awards $100K in Power Your Education Scholarships

National program presents 10 students with $10K each toward tuition



RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – is pleased to announce it has selected 10 students to receive $10,000 each toward their 2021-2022 tuition (for a total of $100,000 in scholarships) through the RSM US Foundation’s national scholarship program: Power Your Education. In addition to scholarships, each student also earned an invitation to RSM’s competitive program, Pathways, this summer.

Students were selected on a number of core criteria including GPA and major; a short answer to a question about something that makes them unique; and a 30-second video response to the question: What does RSM’s brand promise – the power of being understood – mean to you? Judges assessed essays on creativity, quality of writing and reflection of the applicants’ individuality, and they evaluated the degree to which each video submission reflected RSM’s core values of respect, integrity, teamwork, excellence and stewardship.

This year’s scholarship winners are:




Shirley Chan

Baruch College

Finance and Investments

Alicia Cornelius

Oklahoma State University


Giselle Garcia

Drexel University

Hospitality and Hotel Management

Cayla Kwee

University of Texas – Dallas


Jennifer Martin

Pennsylvania State University


Desli Norcross

Susquehanna University

Luxury Brand Marketing and Management

Gabrielle Prill

Drake University

Actuarial Science, Finance, Management and Organizational Leadership

Irene Santangelo

Northeastern University

Business Administration

Jacob Thibault

University of St. Thomas – Minnesota


Paavan Valand

California State University, Fullerton

Business Administration


“On behalf of the RSM US Foundation, I am thrilled to offer these scholarships through RSM’s Power Your Education program for the fifth consecutive year,” said Doug Opheim, chief financial officer and chair of the board of the RSM US Foundation. “It is an honor to help  talented and dedicated students on their academic journeys and beyond. Our professionals are focused on delivering ‘the power of being understood’ to our clients, our communities and to one another every day. And we’re excited to extend this philosophy to future leaders.”

In addition to Power Your Education and other scholarships, RSM and the RSM US Foundation support communities across the country and in Canada where its people live and work through:

  • Volunteer Week – Established in 2010, RSM US Volunteer Week demonstrates our commitment to giving our time in the communities where our people live and work. In 2020, in spite of a stay-at-home order due to the pandemic, nearly 2,000 of our people and their family members participated in more than 60 volunteer activities across the country and in Canada to give back to their local communities. More than 80 charities benefitted from projects including assembling back-to-school backpacks and personal hygiene kits for children, grocery drives for food banks, the making of cards and masks for frontline workers, and many other activities.
  • Birdies Fore Love – RSM partners with the Davis Love Foundation – host organization for The RSM Classic, a PGA TOUR event – on Birdies Fore Love. Through this program, each RSM office selects a local charity that supports youth in the areas of hunger, housing or health. Each charity benefits from the funds raised locally by employees clients, family and friends. With a generous match from the RSM US Foundation, we were able to give more than $4.6 million to deserving charities in 2020.

To learn more about the RSM US Foundation, visit RSM’s website.

About the RSM US Foundation
In 2014, RSM laid the footings of a giving strategy designed to be compelling to our people, our clients and our markets, while enhancing our longstanding support of the communities where our employees live and work. The result is the RSM US Foundation. A tax-exempt public charity, our firm’s foundation is dedicated to building tomorrow’s middle market leaders by enhancing educational outcomes through programs to help individuals develop career paths to become entrepreneurs or middle market business leaders, and to supporting organizations committed to providing stable environments for youth in the areas of hunger, housing and health, thereby helping them excel in education.

RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment.

RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with 51,000 people across 123 countries. For more information, visit rsmus.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.