Business honor society awards scholarship to Western student

CULLOWHEE – Rutherford County resident Tasha M. Crowe, a senior at Western Carolina University, has been awarded a scholarship from the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society in recognition of her superior performance in the study of business.

Crowe, a 2002 graduate of R-S Central High School, received a $1,000 scholarship to continue her education at Western.

The scholarship is part of more than $100,000 in scholarships awarded by Beta Gamma Sigma for 2004-2005, the largest amount ever awarded by the honor society within a single academic year. Since 1988, the society and its member deans have awarded nearly $900,000 in scholarships to outstanding business students.

Scholarship recipients, chosen from colleges and universities around the world, are student members of Beta Gamma Sigma and represent the top percentage of students within business programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Of the more than 1,400 institutions with degree programs in business, only 419 have been accredited by AACSB and have chapters of Beta Gamma Sigma, including Western.

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is based on academic achievement and is extended to the top students in programs accredited by AACSB International. It is considered the highest recognition available to business students worldwide. To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in an AACSB-accredited institution and be ranked within the upper 7 percent of their junior classes, 10 percent of their senior classes, or top 20 percent of the graduating master’s classes.