The grant, formally called the "CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Diversity in Accounting Scholarship," will be rewarded to a undergraduate or graduate NMSU College of Business accounting major with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. As the scholarship name suggests, minority students will be given preference to increase diversity in the school.
“CliftonLarsonAllen’s generous gift in support of scholarships for accounting students demonstrates their commitment to the success of our students and NMSU’s accounting program,” said NMSU Accounting Department Head Kevin Melendez. “CLA is a consistent and valued recruiter of our students, and we appreciate their support.”
"Our culture of leadership, ownership and entrepreneurship is enhanced by a diverse and empowered team of people who enable and respect one another’s hard work and solid contributions,” said Georgie Ortiz, managing principal at CLA’s Albuquerque office. “Diversity in thought, creativity and experience makes us smarter and improves our ability to deliver on our strategic visions. We believe our people are our most important key to our success, and we strive to be reflective of the communities in which we live and serve.”
Ortiz went on to say that that the firm is committed to the continued support of the success of accounting students in the program.