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Kappa Beta Delta Awards Five Scholarships in Honor of Dr. Andrew V. Stevenson

Friday, May 4, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Giles Rafol


Mary Riley, staff liaison, Kappa Beta Delta
Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs


Kappa Beta Delta Awards Five Scholarships in Honor of Dr. Andrew V. Stevenson

Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society proudly announces that five students have received the 2012 Dr. Andrew V. Stevenson Merit Scholarship for their commitment to academic excellence and active involvement in their community.

Overland Park, Kansas - May 3, 2012—Five students have received the 2012 Dr. Andrew V. Stevenson Merit Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 each, for their commitment to academic excellence and active involvement in their community. The recipients are:

• Cecilia M. Smith — Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana-Northwest — Gary, Indiana

Smith is pursuing an associate degree in business administration and accounting, with her ultimate goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. "I believe it is the combination of a desire to be a role model for my daughter and the self-confidence I am now gaining by earning a double major in business administration and accounting that is helping me to strive to be an active member of college and society,” said Smith.

• Cynthia Mitchell-Smith — Lawson State Community College — Birmingham, Alabama

Mitchell-Smith actively gives back to her community through volunteer work in the Birmingham area serving meals to the homeless at the Jimmie Hale Mission and volunteering for March of Dimes, the American Heart Association and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. She also volunteered with recovery efforts after the severe storms impacted the Birmingham area in 2011. "Community service and volunteering efforts have tremendously improved my leadership ability and business management skills,” said Mitchell-Smith. "Ms. Mitchell-Smith is actively involved throughout the Lawson State Community College and community,” said Alfreda L. King, Kappa Beta Delta Chapter Advisor for Lawson State Community College. "She exemplifies excellence, leadership, loyalty, devotion, and dependability.”

• Ella R. Washington — Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana–Northwest — Gary, Indiana

Washington returned to school after a successful 30-year career in social services making an impact on the lives of people with disabilities. She knew immediately that she wanted to focus on business administration to hone the skills she had developed through her experience. "Upon completion of my associate degree, I plan on opening up a non-profit organization which will be entitled, ‘New Start Transitional Services.’ I have the social service experience and currently am obtaining the business knowledge necessary to ensure success. My heart’s desire is to assist others, primarily women, to realize that they are worthy and more capable of succeeding, and realizing their dreams, just as I am doing,” said Washington.

• Kurt R. Visak — Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana–North Central — Indianapolis, Indiana

Visak was disabled in a work-related accident and decided to pursue an education to return to the workforce, focusing on a career in computer technology. He will be graduating with honors this spring with an associate’s degree in computer information systems -- database management and will continue his work on an associate’s degree in business management in the fall. Visak has been accepted to the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis where he will pursue a bachelor’s degree starting in 2013.

• Sherry Hardaway — Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana-Central Indiana — Indianapolis, Indiana

After a career in real estate, Hardaway returned to Ivy Tech Community College in 2009. Hardaway desired to enhance her skill set, building on her certificate in computer programming and pursuing knowledge in business management and computer technology. "I knew I had to make changes to be competitive in a global economy,” she said. "Sherry is a problem solver committed to finding a way to achieve her academic goals. She exhibits superb time management skills by juggling a career, family needs and school. Her efforts, ‘can do’ attitude, and desire for self-improvement will lead her to academic and career success.” said Merrill Yancey, Jr., Business Professor at Ivy Tech Community College.

Kappa Beta Delta is an international honor society that encourages and recognizes scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration pursuing associate degrees. KBD member institutions are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ( Since 1988, ACBSP has been a leading accrediting body for business programs, and has accredited programs at two-year institutions since 1991.

The Dr. Andrew V. Stevenson Merit Scholarship is awarded each year to a student who is a member of Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society; carries a grade point average of 3.5 or higher; is currently enrolled in college courses; and has illustrated merited community service in the past year.