The Kansas Society of CPAs Educational Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients

The Educational Foundation of the Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA) has announced the 2018 recipients of the Byron Bird Graduate Scholarship, the John J. Killian Scholarship, and the Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship. 

Craig ‘CJ’ ModdelmogCPA Superhero-in-Training Craig ‘CJ’ Moddelmog, has won the $3,000 Byron Bird Graduate Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of undergraduate academic performance, potential for success in graduate studies, leadership, and participation in community, charitable, university, governmental and other civic activities. 

CJ is a full-time graduate student at The University of Kansas, where he maintains an impressive 4.0 GPA. CJ will graduate from KU with a B.S. in Accounting in May 2018. He has been accepted to graduate school at KU, where he will begin studying for his Master of Accounting degree this fall. 

CJ’s top-notch academic record has earned him a spot on the KU Honor Roll, admission to the elite KU Business Leadership Program, as well as the KU Business Honors Program. CJ maintains a busy schedule outside of academia, working as a Tax Intern at EY in Kansas City, and as a Teaching Assistant for KU’s undergraduate course: DSCI 302 (Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis). CJ is also an active member of Beta Alphi Psi.

Christian GordonCPA Superhero-in-Training Christian Gordon, has won the $2,500 John J. Killian Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student enrolled as an accounting major in their junior year at an independent Kansas college or university. Recipients are selected based upon demonstrated academic success in their accounting curriculum. Additional emphasis is placed upon grades in English and rhetoric subjects, courses in business and economics, as well as the recipient’s involvement in extracurricular activities, their willingness to comply with standards of professional responsibility, and their overall moral character. 

Christian is a full-time student at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, where he plans to graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts, double-majoring in Accounting and Business Management. Christian maintains an exceptional 3.7 GPA, while balancing a full course load, staring as the Quarterback on the football field, and working two jobs – one as an Accountant/Book Keeper at The Barns at Timber Creek, and the other as a Manager in Operations at University and Student Services. 

Christian is active in Enactus (a global non-profit community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives), in which he currently serves as the Vice President of Communications, participates on the Presentation Team, and is the Assistant Vice President and Manager of the Moundbuilder Market (a student-managed campus bookstore). Christian is also an active member in the Kansas Society of CPAs. 

Maha AbouodahCPA Superhero-in-Training Maha Abouodah, has won the $2,500 Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship. Funded by an endowment established by the Educational Foundation in honor of the first woman chair of the Kansas Board of Accountancy and first woman to start a CPA firm in Kansas, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time student enrolled as an accounting major in their junior year at a Kansas college or university. Recipients must demonstrate academic success in the accounting, economics, and business curriculums. Additional emphasis is placed upon overall grades, involvement in leadership activities, willingness to comply with standards of professional responsibility, and overall moral character. 

Maha is currently studying to obtain her Bachelor of Science with a double major in Accounting and Finance at The University of Kansas School of Business. As full-time student, Maha maintains a remarkable 3.7 GPA, while working as an Independent Contractor for Varsity Tours. Maha is an active leader in multiple organizations, including Alpha Kappa Psi, (member of the Recruitment/Pledge Education and Professional Committees), she also serves as the Social Chair of the Muslim Student Association at KU. She is recognized for her humanitarian efforts in the Gaza Strip and is a co-founder of the Physicians for World Training (PWT), an organization which funds and arranges for volunteer physicians to enter distressed countries to offer medical aid. 

Maha has demonstrated her leadership ability and impacted her community by working in various teaching capacities, including her role as an Academy Teacher at the Islamic Center of Kansas and also as a Tutoring Coordinator/Tutor in the Blue Valley School District. She is the Vice President of City-Wide K-8 Tours at the University of Kansas, which provides dedicated supplemental instruction to local elementary and middle school students through partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. 

Shine-on CPA Superheroes-in-Training! 

The Educational Foundation of The Kansas Society of CPAs was incorporated on October 23, 1963 as a non-profit organization to fund educational programs that advance the accounting profession. The Foundation is proud to invest in the accounting pipeline of up-and-coming professionals through the issuance of scholarships funded by the generous donations of our members and the general public.

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