Reflections on the Impact of a Scholarship

by Pui Man Chan, Stockton University student | November 21, 2018

The New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJCPA) awarded nearly $375,000 in scholarships to 70 students in April from the NJCPA Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are worth from $1,000 to $7,000 each, split between four-year, one-year, chapter, and minority awards. The fund has supported more than 1,700 students, with more than $4 million given out over the last six decades.

I am indeed thankful to be selected as one of the recipients of the NJCPA Scholarship Awards for the 2018/19 academic year and grateful to have had the chance to attend the 58th Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony with my accounting professors. I can highlight several impacts on my education from receiving this award. These include:

  • Opportunity: The award provides me an opportunity to pursue my accounting degree. Receiving this scholarship, I spend less time working to keep on top of my accumulated student loan and worrying about my university debt. I am able to spend more of my time enjoying my studies and have a greater opportunity to maximize my college experience.
  • Motivation: This scholarship motivates me to continuously work hard at school. Receiving this award produces better outcomes for my academic endeavors. It also allows me to progress in continuing to achieve my goal to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • Inspiration: Investing in my education provides me with a solid base upon which I can build a career in accounting. The NJCPA Scholarship Fund offers monetary assistance to support students’ education. It further proves that the NJCPA is committed to its members and demonstrates their willingness to go above and beyond to ensure student members succeed. Their generosity has inspired me to contribute to scholarships and I look forward to being able to give back and invest in an education for future student members.  

Congratulations to other scholarship recipients (listed here) — our hard work now will help us succeed in the accounting profession.

During my undergraduate years, the NJCPA has also helped me develop my professional network at events such as NJCPA’s 2018 Annual Convention & Expo and its Career Night. I would like to thank NJCPA for continuing to support and provide the resources needed for student members to pursue an accounting education.


Puiman  Chan

Puiman Chan

Puiman Chan is a student at Stockton University, an NJCPA scholarship recipient and a student ambassador for NJCPA.

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  1. Rachel Anevski  |  December 3, 2018

    I believe that the most successful career minded individuals immerse themselves in opportunities within the industry.  Scholarships are one of those ways that can help catapult your career and leverage future areas of growth.  The subsidy alone can later translate into a better shaped future where your goals will be more quickly met by obtaining certifications and licenses.  Well written article, I hope it reaches many. 



  2. Mark Laccetti  |  November 28, 2018
    PC congratulations on the Scholarship!  Great blog.  I would recommend that current and future accounting students look to become involved in industry organizations such as the NJSCPA and AICPA as it is a great was to help start a career in the procession.  
  3. Jerry Maginnis  |  November 26, 2018
    Well said Puiman. I would encourage all students studying Accounting at Colleges and Universities in New Jersey who qualify to consider participating in the Scholarship competition and to join the NJCPA and AICPA as student members. It's a great way to jump start your professional career!
  4. Barry Palatnik   |  November 25, 2018

    PC is one of Stockton’s finest Acccounting students. I have no doubt that PC will be a CPA. 

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