ACAP Scholarships

Students Earn Scholarships to TCU from the Accounting Career Awareness Program

TCU Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) awarded three scholarships to students who attended the virtual ACAP College Readiness Workshop.

October 24,  2020

By Elaine Cole

Three local seniors (now first-year TCU students) were awarded scholarships to TCU after participating in the revised, virtual TCU Accounting Career Awareness Program this summer: Oyindamola Ademola from James Bowie High School, Jalen Chadwick from All Saints Episcopal School, and Alexandra Sandoval from Trimble Tech High School.

TCU ACAP is usually is a free, one-week, on-campus summer program to give underrepresented high school students a college experience as they learn more about careers in accounting and finance. Since classes could not be held on campus for summer 2020, TCU ACAP instead hosted a virtual College Readiness Workshop for 11 graduating seniors, sponsored by the DFW Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA).

The workshop included tips for successful study habits, time management, money management, how to succeed in a multicultural college environment and, because of the pandemic, a virtual college experience. Students also learned about the importance of having a CPA certification; heard from successful professionals, met with mentors and competed for scholarships.

The scholarships were awarded based on eligibility, character, leadership, service, and a 500-word essay on “Lifting As We Climb.” Below are excerpts from the three scholarships.)

Oyindamola Ademola graduated from James Bowie High School with a 4.00 GPA and is majoring in economics at TCU. “Lifting as we climb to me means impacting as you grow. This motto instills the fact that you do not need to be known as successful before you can help people. Instead, success can be attained when you help people through the setbacks you’ve also faced in the past.”

Jalen Chadwick graduated from All Saints Episcopal School with a 3.6 GPA and is majoring in pre-business at TCU. “After I earn my degree and gain a job at a prestigious investment bank, I would like to start a program at local community centers, churches and non-profit organizations that teaches low- to middle-class families about the total cost of attending and how to save for college.”

Alexandra Sandoval graduated from Trimble Tech High School with a 3.98 GPA and is majoring in pre-business at TCU. “Once I have my career set I want to give back as much as I can. My family, teachers and community have all played a huge role in my climb, and I hope one day I can give back not only in monetary ways but also in mentoring. I want everyone to be able to have the same opportunities that have been provided to me.”

Find more information on the summer 2021 TCU ACAP program at neeley.tcu.edu/ACAP.