Add one more scholarship to the stack of six that Michelle Wong has received as an undergraduate in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. Only this one, the Albert C. Yates Scholarship, will keep her on the UC campus to pursue a graduate degree in information systems beginning fall 2012.
As a Yates Scholar, Wong will receive full tuition, a stipend and waiver of general fees for an academic school year. The award, given by the Office of the University Dean for Graduate Studies, is offered to underrepresented minority students with high potential for academic success.
Wong, a Marvin P. Kolodizk Business Scholar and University Honors student, is an academic all-star. Her professor, who calls her bright, deserving and an ideal student, nominated her for the award.
“She’s one of those students that professors enjoy having in class because she’s focused, asks questions and is always willing to put in the effort required to learn the material and go the extra mile,” says Rob Rokey, professor-educator and director of the master of science in information systems (MS-IS) in the Lindner College of Business.
Wong, BBA ’12, earned her undergraduate degree in accounting and information systems in March 2012. Born in Hong Kong and a graduate of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, she achieved Dean’s List honors every term at UC, graduating with an overall GPA of 3.967.
As an undergraduate with superior academic standing, she was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society.
Her strong academic achievement also helped her earn several scholarships. In addition to being a Kolodzik Business and University Honors Scholar, she received the Cincinnatus Century Scholarship, Margaret A. Kacher Memorial Scholarship, Janet Lazor Sole Memorial Scholarship and the Darwin T. Turner Scholarship, which also offered full tuition, stipend and waiver of general fees for her undergraduate studies. In return, she volunteered to serve as a Turner Scholarship ambassador to promote academic excellence and diversity—values emphasized by UC’s Just Community Initiative.
Along with being adept in several computer languages (Java, SQL and C#, Teradata), she’s also fluent in two foreign languages, Mandarin and Cantonese, and can speak some Japanese and Spanish, too.
Wong also spends her time with interests outside of UC. She volunteered for several community endeavors, including the American Lung Association and the American Red Cross.
Over several summers, she polished her leadership skills by attending leadership programs through Procter & Gamble and Ernst & Young and participated in two co-op experiences at Deloitte & Touche and Cincinnati Bell, where she gained skills in the company’s tax and audit divisions.
After her March 2012 graduation, Wong fulfilled a dream and travelled to China for her cousin’s wedding in Hong Kong, where she’s been visiting landmarks and taking side trips to Macau, China, Japan and Korea before returning to home.
She looks forward to continuing her education at UC’s Lindner College of Business, where being versed in both accounting and information systems will make her more competitive in the job market, she says.
“I am very excited to continue my studies in graduate school because I know there is still so much for me to learn,” she says.