Annual Mares Scholarship Awarded to College of William and Mary Student

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Annual Mares Scholarship Awarded to College of William and Mary Student


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2015 Scholarship Awarded to Senior Rachel Johnson

NEWPORT NEWS, VA (8/26/15) — Rachel Johnson of Williamsburg, Virginia, a senior at the College of William and Mary, is this year’s recipient of the Michael E. Mares Scholarship, endowed by PBMares, LLP and administered by the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) Educational Foundation. PBMares is a leading accounting and business-consulting firm serving clients nationally and internationally in its specialty areas.

The Michael E. Mares Scholarship was created by the many friends and peers of Michael Mares, who passed away in 2009, to honor his life, inspire and advance scholars who show the promise of extraordinary professional talent, and identify and develop the next generation to carry on his exceptional life work. Mares was a co-founder and partner at Witt Mares and the namesake for its post-merger growth into PBMares.

“Mike symbolized the pinnacle of his profession as a pre-eminent and nationally known attorney and accountant in taxation,” says his former partner and fellow co-founder, Alan Witt. “As a person, he changed the course of the lives and organizations in which he was involved, helping them to reach greater heights.”

Witt continued, “Each year we look to honor a deserving student who demonstrates the same qualities Mike did throughout his lifetime. This year, Rachel strikingly showed this above the other nominees.”

Graduating in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Chinese, and literature, Johnson also makes time to mentor and tutor other accounting students. In addition, she serves as the vice president of communications for the Women in Business Club and is a student member of the VSCPA. She also volunteers to help young children impacted by cancer.

In addition to balancing three majors, volunteering, and mentoring, Johnson still found time to attend a leadership program in London during the summer of 2014, which inspired her interest in international accounting. She has also studied abroad in China for a year and is fluent in both Chinese and Spanish.

“I am so incredibly grateful to have received the Michael E. Mares Scholarship,” said Rachel Johnson. “As a senior at the College of William and Mary and the daughter of a single mom, college and its cost have always been on the forefront of our minds. Thank you for lightening the financial burden on my family.”

For more information about the Michael E. Mares Scholarship, click here.

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