United States

2021 Scholarship Winners


Congratulations to our 2021 Winners!

RSM's Power of Inclusion, First Generation, and Power Your Education Scholarship programs are awarding a total of 17 U.S. students with financial support for the 2021/2022 academic school year. Learn more about each of our deserving winners!


Alexia Ayuk
Accounting and Operations Management and Business Analytics at the University of Maryland

"Receiving the RSM Power of Inclusion Scholarship means to me that I have been granted an investment to be the most authentic version of myself in my professional journey and provide others with that same opportunity.”

Fatoumata Binta Balde
Accountancy at the University of San Diego

“Accepting the Power of Inclusion Scholarship means that I'll be able to relentlessly continue my academic journey and grow as a person and a student. Further, by receiving this scholarship, I hope to inspire students from underserved communities to work hard and pursue their dreams. Thank you so much RSM!"


Jessebell Guerrero
Business Administration, Management at the University of Florida

"The First Generation Scholarship will allow me to focus my energy and efforts primarily on my academics rather than my finances. Beyond this, it's proof that beyond my peers, friends and family, established professionals believe in me as well.”

Nyah McDonald
Finance at Michigan State University

“When I first got the news, my cheeks were soaked with tears. There's nothing I want more in this world than to reach my goals and get my family out of poverty. Appreciation is an understatement of how I feel for the First Generation Scholarship."

Jasmine Ortiz
Business at Texas Tech University

“Because of RSM, I can continue school not worrying about how I am going to afford it. I no longer have to worry about my parents pulling out of their pockets to help me, now I can help them. I am blessed to be a part of this amazing organization”

Jessica Rivera
Accounting and Business Management at the University of Maryland

“As a first generation student, this scholarship means there is a community who understands, supports and believes in me. Many times, I have faced moments of doubt throughout my college experience. This scholarship helps me not only financially, but also inspires and reminds me to keep reaching for my goals.”

Annette Sebastian
Computer Science and Operations and Information Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“As a first generation student, I'm so excited and thankful to receive this scholarship which will help me achieve my goals of inspiring others to pursue the unthinkable! This gives me the confidence to enter the workforce where I can share my unique experiences as an Indian American.”


Shirley Chan
Finance and Investments at Baruch College

“The Power Your Education Scholarship empowers and motivates me to continue my pursuit of a career in the finance industry."

Alicia Cornelius
Accounting at Oklahoma State University

"I can't fully express how grateful I am to be selected as a recipient for the Power Your Education Scholarship. This scholarship has already relieved so much financial stress and will allow me to focus more of my time on my schoolwork and enjoying my last year of undergrad!”

Giselle Garcia
Hospitality and Hotel Management at Drexel University

"The Power Your Education Scholarship is more than an award, it is an opportunity. Not only will it allow me to continue excelling academically at Drexel University, but it is also an opportunity to pay it forward by continuing my self-improvement and one day reciprocate this kindness to my community.”

Cayla Kwee
Accounting at the University of Texas at Dallas

“The Power Your Education Scholarship financially supports my dream to earn a master's degree in accounting and become a CPA. I am so grateful and honored that RSM has chosen to invest in my education and I will continue working hard to be a leader and light in my community.”

Jennifer Martin
Accounting at Pennsylvania State University

“It is an honor to be one of the ten nationwide Power Your Education Scholarship winners. Bringing joy and new insights to others through my work is truly rewarding and humbling.”

Desli Norcross
Luxury Brand Marketing and Management at Susquehanna University

“It is an honor to receive the Power Your Education Scholarship and I am truly grateful for having this opportunity to apply. I believe that an education opens doors and I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to RSM for supporting me in achieving my goals.”

Gabrielle Prill
Actuarial Science, Finance, Management at Organizational Leadership at Drake University

“The Power Your Education Scholarship shows me that the extra mile makes all the difference. In a time of such uncertainty, being a college student has been challenging. This scholarship will help me continue to seek out ways to grow personally, professionally and academically.”

Irene Santangelo
Business Administration: Management Information Systems and Finance at Northeastern University  

“Receiving this scholarship from the RSM US Foundation is such an honor. I was happy to just have learned a new skill, animation, in creating my video submission. But, actually winning shows that my hard work paid off and that I should continue to explore my creative interests.”

Jacob Thibault
Finance at the University of St. Thomas, MN

“The Power Your Education Scholarship means that I know I can continue to develop and grow as a human, student and friend with the support of an extraordinary company. In these tough times, RSM has helped not only me, but other students have hope for the furture.”

Pavaan Valand
Business Administration - Accounting and Finance at California State University, Fullerton 

“I am extremely excited to receive the Power Your Education Scholarship. As my family and friends motivate me to accomplish my educational goals, this scholarship will empower me to focus on school and not worry about the financial stress of paying for school.”


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