Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Peirce first! Desiree Mitchem wins a Delta Mu Delta scholarship towards her education

HIGH HONORS: Desiree won a $500 Delta Mu Delta
scholarship towards her education
If you're a regular blog reader, you've probably seen us highlight Kappa Nu, Peirce's chapter of Delta Mu Delta, before. Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business Administration, is nationally recognized for identifying academic excellence across the country, so we were thrilled to hear that a Peirce student recently won a Delta Mu Delta 2012 scholarship!

Desiree Lynn Mitchem, who's earning her bachelor's degree in Accounting, is the first Peirce student to win this $500 award. She currently lives in Gettysburg, Penn., where she works full-time as an Accounting Support Specialist at BAE Systems and attends Peirce online. She started at Peirce in January 2011 and was invited to join Delta Mu Delta in December of that same year.

She says that applying for the scholarship made her realize how strong her support system at Peirce really is. Her professors, who wrote her letters of recommendation, encouraged her to give it her all in the application process and were happy to provide any assistance they could to help her put together a strong submission.

So, what are some of Desiree's best tips for other students applying for this award and other scholarships?
  1. Don’t be shy to reach out to your professors. Your professors want to see you succeed. More often than not, they’ll be happy to provide letters of recommendation or any other means of support they can to help you achieve academic success.
  2. Start the application process early. Give yourself enough time to answer the questions thoroughly. If you wait until the last minute and don’t ask for help, you run the risk of not completing it in time.
Every year, Delta Mu Delta awards 27 scholarships and up to 24 regional awards, totaling around $42,000, to business students from all over the country and the world. We couldn't be prouder to have Desiree among the winners this year!

Be sure to check out the full list of 2012 recipients from the national organization. And with the new school year upon us, it's the perfect time for all our business majors to get involved in Peirce's chapter of Delta Mu Delta. Members have the opportunity to hold office, participate in conferences, volunteer in the community, network with fellow members, and more. If you'd like to know more about getting involved, contact Dean Toliver-Roberts at 888.467.3472, ext. 9265.

Congratulations to Desiree on her accomplishment! You've made all of us in the business department proud!