Walsh College

Awards

Walsh students have long been known for academic excellence. Yet, even among the high achievers, there are those students who exemplify a true understanding of their discipline as well as outstanding academic performance.

Walsh College proudly recognizes the outstanding achievements of those students who have received academic awards. Click on one of the links below for more information about the following awards:

  1. Walsh College Blackstone Launchpad Award
  2. The Research Institute of America Graduate Tax Award 
  3. The Bureau of National Affairs Graduate Accounting Award
  4. The Everett M. Hawley, Jr. Taxation Award 
  5. The Firman H. Hass Writing Award 
  6. The Financial Executive Institute Award 
  7. The Walter B. Fisher Award for Excellence in Accounting
  8. The Stanley W. Smith Taxation Manuscript Award
  9. Honors List   

Walsh College Blackstone Launchpad Award
Brooke Bowden, Frankenmuth High School
Kunal Garg, Troy High School
Abby Schmitt, Frankenmuth High School
Delaney Tepel, Lakeview High School
Kaila Verhaeghe, Lakeview High School
Vaidehi Ambardekar, Troy High School
Jinxin Dam, Troy High School
Layne Davis, Frankenmuth High School
Nick Volk, Frankenmuth High School
Amber Kischnick, Frankenmuth High School
Cassandra Van Acker, Lakeview High School
Melissa Olgren, Frankenmuth High School

In early 2014, Blackstone LaunchPad at Walsh College hosted an Innovation Starts Here Competition entitled "Make it Better." The purpose was to get aspiring future entrepreneurs thinking about redesigning an existing product or service or developing new products and services that would help improve the quality of people's lives or to make the state of Michigan or your community a better place to live. Participants had opportunities to win cash prizes. This competition was funded by Walsh College Blackstone Launchpad.

The Research Institute of America Graduate Tax Award
Yulia
Zelenskaya, MST
Each academic year, the Research Institute of America Graduate Tax Award (formerly the Prentice Hall, Inc. Graduate Tax Award) recognizes an outstanding Master of Science in Taxation student for his/her academic work and contribution to the College. The student is presented with a certificate at Commencement and a plaque is inscribed with the winner's name and displayed at the College. In recognition of this student, the Institute each year awards the College a complete set of its Federal Tax Coordinator 2d looseleaf service.

The Bureau of National Affairs Graduate Accounting Award
Harry Frederick Cook, MAC
Each academic year, the Research Institute of America Graduate Accounting Award recognizes an outstanding Accounting student for his/her academic work and contribution to the College. The student is presented with a certificate at Commencement and a plaque is inscribed with the winner's name and displayed at the College. The Institute provides advanced research, practice materials, and compliance tools to tax, accounting, and corporate finance professionals

The Everett M. Hawley, Jr. Taxation Award
Nancy Winkler Spalding, MST

Each academic year, one master degree student is honored for outstanding achievement as a student in taxation. This student is presented with a recognition certificate at commencement; a plaque is inscribed with the winner’s name and displayed at the College.

The Firman H. Hass Writing Award 
Rachael M. Saferian, BAC
One graduate student is honored for excellence in writing by the Detroit Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) each year at commencement. The award recognizes the best contribution to the body of knowledge relating to accounting. The student receives a certificate from the Detroit IMA chapter and a plaque is inscribed with the winner’s name and displayed at the College.
 
The Financial Executive Institute Award
Graduate - Ryan J. Drews MBAMSF Candidate
Undergraduate - Derek D. Baker, BBA Candidate
Each year, one outstanding accounting or finance student is honored for academic achievement at commencement by the Financial Executives Institute (FEI). The student is honored with a medal which is presented at the Detroit Chapter of Financial Executives meeting. A plaque is inscribed with the winner’s name and displayed at the College.
 
The Walter B. Fisher Award for Excellence in Accounting
Kelly M. Steward, BAC Candidate
This award is given annually to one Walsh College undergraduate student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the Bachelor of Accountancy program. Those chosen for the award will must achieve a CUM GPA 3.500 or higher and must have contributed time or talent to either Walsh College or the accounting profession through tutoring, club leadership, community service, or other activities. The student is presented with a cash award and certificate at Commencement and a plaque is inscribed with the winner's name and displayed at Walsh College. 

The Stanley W. Smith Taxation Manuscript Award
Lauren E. Hanna, MST
One student from the Master of Science in Taxation program is honored each year for having written an outstanding paper or thesis in the field of taxation. This student is presented with a recognition certificate at commencement, and a plaque is inscribed with the winner's name and displayed at the College.