“My college journey required me to adjust to the goals I wanted to achieve, which meant practicing habits that would be conducive to a successful career. I am proud of the person I have become in this time ... I have learned a lot about myself.”
A scholarship is more than financial support – it is recognition, prestige and validation. And for Betty Pasewe ’23, it is also a memory and life milestone.
Pasewe, who graduates with her B.S. in accountancy and a minor in economics, is well on her way to establishing a successful career and bright future, but it was the OSU Accounting Banquet in 2022 that was special.
“The scholarship was a proud moment for me,” she said. “As someone who is a child of immigrant parents, to have my dad with me at the scholarship awards ceremony to witness the culmination of mine and his hard work is a memory I will cherish.”
Pasewe earned the High Promise Scholarship for the third year as well as the Pattee Family Accounting Scholarship for her senior year.
“Earning the scholarship that supported me through my final year of college was a moment that cemented the work I had put in in my last year, and confirmed that the habits I was practicing do pay off, and will assist me in the future,” Pasewe said.
Her future, after walking the stage to accept her degree, includes a prestigious summer internship at KPMG followed by a journey east to attend Villanova University to earn a master’s in accounting. For the Oregonian, born and raised in Portland, she’s eager to explore a new area as well as take advantage of the scholarship KMPG offers to focus her studies on analytics.
Pasewe says the most valuable things she learned for her major starts with financial literacy and interpreting financial statements, but also includes the importance of networking.
“Understanding how to operate in the business world has propelled me both in life and my career,” she said. “I have become enormously grateful for the courses I am taking and what it means for my future, and it has pushed me to continue to do the work and be a willing participant.”
Her accomplishments to date are the roadmap for her future success.
“The Accountancy program at Oregon State takes a lot of dedication towards studying to have a comprehensive understanding of the material,” Pasewe said.
“My college journey required me to adjust to the goals I wanted to achieve, which meant practicing habits that would be conducive to a successful career, such as communication, time management, and fostering my internal drive. I am proud of the person I have become in this time, and through challenging courses and some reorienting moments in my college career, I have learned a lot about myself.”