Judson College senior Katie Hamner received a fellowship award from Sigma Beta Delta (SBD), an international honor society recognizing and promoting achievement in business, management and administration. She is the third Judson student in as many years to receive the honor.
Sigma Beta Delta recognizes chapters at 375 colleges across the United States and the world. Each chapter may nominate a member to complete the application process each year. These students complete an extensive application and write an essay about their future plans. Then 11 students are chosen to receive the award.
Even though Hamner began her Judson experience as a science major and business minor, she discovered a passion for business that only grew with the passing of each semester. At the beginning of her junior year, she changed her major to business and her minors to biology and accounting. Her minor in accounting will give her the prerequisites she needs for a master of accountancy degree and will enable her to start graduate school immediately after graduating in December 2014.
Hamner has been heavily involved in the Judson community. She is a member of Tri Beta, the biology honor society; Sigma Beta Delta; and the Business Club. She was an officer in the Science Club and serves as both a Student Government Association representative and a member of Social Committee. She plans to continue her commitment to her local community after she finishes her education. “As an accountant, I can assist many underprivileged and underserved people who don’t understand how to do their books or taxes but can’t afford to pay an accountant to help them,” said Hamner.
Hamner plans to use the $1,000 scholarship to help pay for graduate school, where she plans to pursue a master of business administration, a master of accountancy, and sit for the CPA exams before considering a move to law school.