The School of Accounting formed a student chapter of the IMA in 2010 to serve students with an interest in management accounting. The group meetings consist of speakers, plant tours, and charitable activities and each year some of the students attend a student leadership conference with other students from around the world. Benefits of IMA membership include networking opportunities with the Grand Rapids Chapter of the IMA and local businesses, educational resources, and the opportunity to be awarded scholarships.
Andrew Rusnell (BBA in Accounting in April 2014) received the IMA’s highest student honor in 2014, the Stuart Cameron and Margaret McLeod Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship requires recommendations from professors, an employer, and an IMA member who can attest to the student’s technical and leadership abilities. Only one student per year (IMA has 10,000 student members) is awarded the $5,000 scholarship. In addition to the SCMS award, Andy was awarded additional IMA benefits including three years of IMA dues, materials and fee waiver for the CMA exam, and all expenses paid to attend the IMA Student Leadership Conference in Indianapolis in November of 2014. It was at this conference that Andy received the award and was asked to speak at the conference luncheon.
Andy has served as Vice-President and President of the student chapter and has now attended three leadership conferences. Currently enrolled in the MSA program at GVSU, Andy plans to graduate in April of 2015. He is still involved with the student and Grand Rapids IMA Chapters. He is studying for the CMA and the CPA exams and will begin his career at Deloitte in Grand Rapids after graduation.