Ashland University Students Receive IMA Scholarships

Ashland University students Grace Bowers, left, and Bethany Horrell, right, received IMA Scholarships.

10/18/12 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University seniors Grace Bowers, an accounting major from Wadsworth, and Bethany Horrell, an accounting major from Canal Fulton, have received a national scholarship from the Institute of Management Accountants.

Bowers and Horrell both received a $2,500 national scholarship from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for the 2012-13 academic year.

Bowers, a 2009 graduate of Highland High School, is the daughter of Hal and Lucy Bowers of Wadsworth, while Horrell is a 2009 graduate of Northwest High School and the daughter of John and Christina Horrell of Canal Fulton.

Bowers and Horrell both received high praise from Dr. Kris Parsons, chair of the Department of Accounting/IS and faculty adviser to the IMA Student Chapter.

“As leaders in the IMA Student Chapter, Grace and Bethany have provided invaluable leadership to our student organization,” Parsons said. “Their organizational and interpersonal skills will serve them well as they transition into the professional world.”

Bowers and Horrell were presented with the awards at the IMA Canton Chapter Student Night at Stark State College on Oct. 16 in the new Business and Entrepreneurial Center. Both will be attending the upcoming National IMA Student Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.   

IMA, the association for accountants and financial professionals in business, provides a forum for research, practice development, education, knowledge sharing and advocacy of the highest ethical and best business practices. IMA provides best-in-class certification, the Certified Management Accountant, for critical internal financial management responsibilities, including planning, budgeting, business reporting, decision analysis and risk management. IMA has a network of more than 60,000 members in 120 countries.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.