At first, Scott Duda didn’t expect to enjoy accounting.
A 2014 graduate of nearby Cambridge Springs High School (approximately seven miles from Edinboro), Duda wasn’t quite sure what he’d do after high school.
Then came business education and accounting courses with Bryan Costa, Duda’s 11th-grade teacher, who helped the current Edinboro University senior fall in love with accounting.
“I always thought it was going to be boring,” the Business Administration – Personal Financial Planning major said. “But Mr. Costa proved that it could be fun if you do it right.”
This fall, Duda was one of five Pennsylvania students to receive the highly-competitive, multi-year renewable $4,000 scholarship from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) through the Pennsylvania CPA Foundation. Each year, the foundation awards scholarships to Pennsylvania students majoring in accounting, or a similar field, who have outstanding scholastic involvement.
Duda, an active member of the Business and Economics Club, Delta Mu Delta (Business Honors Society) and the National Society of Leadership and Success, and a former Student Government Association aide, is dedicated to academic excellence and helping his fellow students succeed. This year, Duda also tutors students in accounting and is laying the groundwork for a new accounting club.
“Growing up, everyone said that you need to get involved in school,” he said. “Getting involved means working as a team, and it’s nice to give back and help students.”
Duda recently completed his internship with McGill, Power, Bell & Associates in Meadville. He said it was a difficult start to his journey – working nearly 20 hours each week in his internship, balancing four classes and participating in extracurricular activities.
But this scholarship recognition helped him validate his decisions at EU.
“I can’t even begin to explain the emotions,” he said. “I’ve always had confidence in my education, but I never thought something like this would happen.”
Duda credits EU faculty members Michael Morrison, Ph.D., and John Dexter, Ph.D., and the staff of EU’s School of Business for helping him transition from high school to college academics.
“Scott’s work ethic and willingness to assist others are exemplary,” Dexter said. “His leadership in helping establish our Accounting Club was outstanding. Scott is a pleasure to work with.”
According to PICPA, candidates were judged by their intellectual capacity, leadership potential, financial need and intent to pursue a career in accounting.
“The future of the accounting profession depends on the stewardship of these students, and their top-notch dedication and commitment to their education shows that the future couldn’t be more promising,” said Michael Colgan, CEO and executive director of PICPA.
When Duda is not crunching numbers and tutoring his classmates, he enjoys playing basketball and flag football on campus and at the YMCA in Edinboro. Between classes and his internships, Duda also finds time to referee basketball games with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.
To learn more about Edinboro University’s accredited accounting and economics programs within the School of Business, visit www.Edinboro.edu/business.
Photo caption: Edinboro University senior Scott Duda, a Business Administration – Personal Financial Planning major, earned the highly-competitive $4,000 scholarship from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).