Thursday, April 19, 2012

Accounting student earns national TACTYC scholarship

Congratulations to Edmonds Community College Accounting student Siyu Lu one of seven nationwide recipients of a $1,000 scholarship from the Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges, and the first from Washington State.

TACTYC scholarships are based on grade point average, recommendations, and the applicant's commitment to a career in accounting. Each year, TACTYC receives numerous applications from around the nation and it's an honor to be selected.
Siyu Lu at the All Washington Academic Team Ceremony
with Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez (left)
and Washington State governor Chris Gregoire (right).
"One of the most remarkable things about Siyu is the clear vision she already has regarding her academic path and future career plans. Additionally, she has also recognized the importance of service and volunteer work and plans to create her own non-profit organization in the future to assist others in whatever capacity she can." — accounting instructor Matt Lothyan

In March, Lu also earned the All-Washington Academic Team honor, which recognizes the state’s top community and technical college students for scholarship,leadership, and community service.

Siyu plans to study accounting and finance at the University of Washington. Due to family issues, she was recognized as a homeless student in high school and survived by working part time and using food stamps. She’s a full-time student taking Honors classes, helping to organize the college’s Lecture Series, and volunteering as a tutor for at-risk youth. She also works part-time to pay for school and living expenses.

She will pursue a Master of Professional Accounting degree and become a Certified Public Accountant. She would like to work as a financial analyst with a taxation specialty and her dream is to establish a non-profit that promotes family financial literacy and educate the public about personal finance management.


  1. A highly inspiring and motivational story, personally am a huge fan of educating people on financial literacy, I myself have done several financial errors that could have been easily avoided if the school system helped out.

  2. Congratulations to Siyu Lu. She is an inspirational character.
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