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Cameron University accounting majors Pilar Jaurena, Shalei Okamura and Colton Williams have been awarded coveted National Fellowships for the National Collegiate Leadership Program (NCLP). The three students will travel to Washington, D.C., in February 2022 to attend National Leadership Training (NLT) sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). They are student members of the AGA.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Cameron accounting students have been selected for this prestigious scholarship.

The NCLP offers up to 10 full-time undergraduate students across the United States the opportunity to engage and learn from government financial management leaders during the two-day training.

During the February training, UC students will learn from experts with real-world leadership experience in government and business, network with leaders who are passionate about public service, and advance government accountability. , hear from young professionals who have made public service their career choice, and meet and connect with potential corporate and government employers. Each will be assigned a mentor who will help them navigate the event so they can maximize the opportunities presented.

Jaurena, a senior from Montevideo, Uruguay, is expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in May 2022. In addition to maintaining a 3.92 GPA, she was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, the national interdisciplinary honor society for the first student year. Jaurena is a member of the CU Aggies women’s tennis team and was named a 2021 All-American Scholar Athlete by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. She is a tutor at Cameron’s Center for Academic Success. Volunteer activities, including those undertaken with the accounting club, include OSCPA Day of Service, Veterans Day activities in Cameron, a pen pal program at local retirement homes and the Ambucs Pancake Feed . Jaurena is a student member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) and the AGA.

Okamura, who ranked first in her class at Lawton High School, is a junior accounting major with a minor in finance. With a GPA of 3.793, she is a member of Phi Eta Sigma. Okamura is an active member of the Accounting Club and has participated in many community service projects with that organization, including the OSCPA Service Day. She volunteers at the Oklahoma Blood Institute and USO Fort Sill. Okamura is in her second year as a representative for the Student Government Association. She was previously a member of Omega Zeta Theta, serving as chair of philanthropy. A member of Cameron’s Presidential Leaders and University Scholars program, she was selected for the Lawton Business Women mentorship program. She is a student member of the OSCPA and the AGA.

Williams, a Duncan resident, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting and will graduate in July 2022. With a GPA of 3.651, he was inducted into Delta Mu Delta, the international honor society for business students. As a member of the Accounting Club, he was active in the organization’s community service activities, including OSCPA Service Day and events at the VFW in Duncan. He also acts as an accounting tutor and leads a corporate communication project group, in addition to completing an internship at a local law firm. A student member of the AGA, he is also a student member of OSCPA and the American Institute of Accountants.

“I’m proud of the highly competitive and qualified accounting students we have at Cameron University,” says Bernadette Lonzanida, senior faculty member in the Department of Business and AGA member who serves on the College’s Higher Education Committee. association. “Pilar, Shalei and Colton greatly deserve this honor.”