The accounting firm has been awarding scholarships since 1982; the average number of recipients per year is eight with approximately 200 scholarships awarded in the last 25 years. Crowther said the scholarship assistance made it possible for her to focus on her academic goals without stressing about financial obligations.
Many Adams State students have worked for the firm as interns. “We have expanded the program in terms of the number of students working as interns in our office,” Larry A. Pochardt, WSB firm administrator, said. “Our firm supports Adams State’s School of Business accounting program including the financial support of scholarships and the number of jobs we offer to graduating seniors, and the internships offered.”
Dr. Ed Lyell, interim chair of the School of Business, said he appreciates WSB and encourages other businesses and organizations to partner with Adams State building working linkages for students. “More internships and project based learning opportunities was the top recommendation from a recent business student survey.”
Wall, Smith, Bateman Inc. current shareholders Ron Chapman, Kristi Cortez, Bob Gjellum, Sheila Hicks, Lyle Hood, Mike Hudson, Kimberley Temple, Melanie Valdez, Karla Willschau, and David Young continue to support Adams State College with the same spirit as the firm’s founders. Every year WSB awards scholarships to accounting students at Adams State College.
Courtesy Photo: Wall, Smith, Bateman Inc. awarded accounting scholarships to the following Adams State College students, Chloe Cable, Joaquim Neto, Caitlin O’Neill, Anke Spiegelhauer, Wendi Crowther, Amanda Head, Matthew Leach, and Garrett Murchison.