Jackson, Miss. (July 29, 2003) -- One of the first African-American CPAs in the state of Mississippi will be honored with an accounting scholarship in his name.

Milton Lewis Harper, an Auburn graduate, worked for the African-American accounting firm Banks, Finely, White CPA until his death in July 2001.

Following his death, his widow suggested the scholarship's creation and starting this fall, eligible junior and senior accounting majors at Jackson State University can apply for the M.L. Harper Accounting Scholarship, an award worth $1000 this year and increasing each year, according to a story in the Mississippi Clarion Ledger newspaper.

"This announcement of the M.L. Harper Scholarship for the College of Business will be a tremendous tool in retaining quality students in our program in addition to helping curb the increasing cost of college tuition," said Glenda Glover, dean of the JSU College of Business.

For details on the Milton Lewis Harper Scholarship Fund or to make contributions, please write or send checks to the College of Business, Jackson State University, c/o Milton Lewis Harper Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 18660, Jackson MS 39217; or call 898-0326.

-- WebCPA staff

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