Tom Shea, who graduated from North Brunswick High School in June 2002, qualified for a five-year, $6,500 scholarship from the New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA). Today he's a sophomore at the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus. Shea, now 20, is majoring in accounting and works as an intern at Mitchell & Titus, the nation's largest minority-owned CPA firm.
Most high school seniors are still sorting out their career options, but Tom says that even back then he knew he wanted to be an accountant. "My dad, who's a guidance counselor, found out about the NJSCPA scholarship and encouraged me to apply," Tom explains. "I had to pass a written test and then went through an interview process. Fortunately, I did well enough to qualify for the scholarship. It's definitely helping to defray my expenses." NJSCPA (973) 226-4494, ext. 209