Elise Foltz received a $6,800 scholarship from the South Dakota Certified Public Accountant Society.
Elise Foltz has always liked working with numbers, but it wasn’t until she took her first accounting class at Black Hills State University did she realize where her true career path lay.

Now, thanks to a $6,800 scholarship from the South Dakota Certified Public Accountant Society(SD CPA) Foltz is in her final year and will graduate from the professional accountancy program in May.

Sponsored by the SD CPA Society, the scholarship is targeted for students who are nearing completion of the 150 hours required to be a qualified CPA exam candidate and pursuing a major in accountancy.

The Accounting Program Completion Scholarship paid for all Foltz’s current semester and half of the spring semester.

“I walked into my house yelling ‘I got it. I got it. I got it,’” Foltz said of her reaction on receiving the scholarship.  She thought she may get one of the smaller Excellence in Accounting scholarships but receiving this larger scholarship was an exciting surprise.

She now knows accounting is her true career path but that was not her original plan. When she first started at BHSU in 2005, Foltz was majoring in math and music education and after a break in pursuing her education she came back as a business major with a hope of owning her own dog training business.

Then she took an accounting class. “I knew after taking the class that accounting was more my expertise,” she said.  “I love working with numbers. I’ll do advanced accounting homework even when I don’t have homework. Accounting is one huge problem which makes it entertaining and fun.”

Foltz said her BHSU accounting professors helped her get a full understanding of the accounting profession.

“I like that most of the Accounting professors have been in the field,” Foltz said. “They give students a good idea of what day-to-day life will be as an accountant.”

Foltz is completing the BHSU Bachelor of Science five-year degree (150 credit hours) in Professional Accountancy which is designed specifically to prepare students for a successful career in professional accountancy, business, governmental organizations, and non-government organizations. The Professional Accountancy program prepares students to successfully complete the general Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examinations, as well as other specialized professional accountancy examinations.

BHSU also offers a Bachelor of Science four-year degree in Business Administration with a Specialization in Accounting. 

Currently Foltz is applying for spring internships at local CPA firms where she will bring her loveof numbers to the workplace.