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Scholarship Raises Funds For Accounting Students

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It All Adds Up! Scholarship Raises Funds For Accounting Students

The end of June means another school year is over and the youngsters can now join the college and university kids to enjoy a nice long summer vacation. Many years ago I used to be one of those university students looking forward to having fun and working a part time job to make some cash to pay for all those text books!

Upon graduating from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Communication Studies degree, I began my career in the local magazine world. After gaining much needed work experience at two magazines, I then started up Biz X, over 21 years ago. Life has been crazy busy ever since!

Whereas I always wanted to pass on my knowledge to inspiring journalists and young entrepreneurs by becoming a part time Instructor, my schedule has just not allowed it.

So, when I recently heard from a past acquaintance, Carlos Redfern, about helping to find donors for a scholarship, I jumped at the chance to do something worthwhile to help my university.

Kate Taylor was a hard-worker with a determined spirit who could be counted on as a loyal friend. Photo courtesy of Julie Lingley.

He let me know that 10 years ago a scholarship was set up in honour of his good friend, Kate (Katie) Taylor, who passed away far too early. Redfern wanted to invite fellow scholarship donors, colleagues, friends and family to join him in reinvesting in Kate’s legacy.

Enter Kelly Gosselin, Philanthropy and Engagement Officer for the University of Windsor Odette School of Business. She filled me in a bit on Kate, her family and how the “Kate Taylor OAS Scholarship” came to be.

Taylor was born in Fredericton, NB and grew up in Sussex, NB. She passed away, suddenly in January 2008 in Windsor at the age of 28.

“Katie was beautiful, thoughtful and fun-loving with a quick wit and a wicked sense of humour,” states her mother, Julie Lingley. “She enjoyed spending time outdoors running, cycling, roller-blading, downhill skiing, and playing soccer and golf. She treasured her family and friends and shared with us her engaging smile and infectious giggle.”

In 2003, Kate graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, after which she moved to Windsor and began her career with Howie & Partners in 2004. She managed to balance a full-time job with her continuing studies as she worked toward her Chartered Accountant (CA) designation.

Taylor enrolled in courses at the Odette School of Business and in 2007, she wrote the first Core Knowledge Exam (CKE), but died before learning that she had passed it.

It was evident that education played a significant role in Taylor’s life, so, it was fitting that her classmates and colleagues established a scholarship in her honour.

For the past nine years, this scholarship has been awarded to deserving students seeking a career in accounting. It serves to provide financial assistance for their continuing education.

What makes Kate’s scholarship unique is its qualifications. The successful student must be a member of the Odette Accounting Society, considered to be a well-rounded and hard-working individual who has shown perseverance in the face of difficulties.

Each year Kate’s mother flies to Windsor to join her daughter’s friends during “CPA Night” (usually in September) at the Odette School of Business where she presents this award to the student recipient.

To make a donation toward the scholarship please do so online.

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