CliftonLarsonAllen gift establishes scholarship for NMSU accounting students

August 26, 2014 by Amanda Bradford, NMSU News Center

A gift from an Albuquerque financial services firm will establish a new scholarship to support accounting students in the College of Business at New Mexico State University.

The CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Diversity in Accounting Scholarship is funded by a $15,000 gift from the Albuquerque office of CliftonLarsonAllen, a national professional services firm providing integrated public accounting, outsourcing and wealth advisory services.

The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared accounting major with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5, and preference will be given to students who are American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, black, Hispanic or other minority groups.

Georgie Ortiz, managing principal at CLA’s Albuquerque office, said the firm values its diverse team.

“Our culture of leadership, ownership and entrepreneurship is enhanced by a diverse and empowered team of people who enable and respect one another’s hard work and solid contributions,” Ortiz said. “Diversity in thought, creativity and experience makes us smarter and improves our ability to deliver on our strategic visions.”

She said the firm employs several graduates of NMSU’s College of Business, and was eager to support the success of students in the program.

“CLA prides itself on being a career-building firm and succession-minded organization,” Ortiz said. “We believe our people are our most important key to our success, and we strive to be reflective of the communities in which we live and serve.”

NMSU Accounting Department Head Kevin Melendrez said scholarships are an important tool for helping students focus on learning.

“CliftonLarsonAllen’s generous gift in support of scholarships for accounting students demonstrates their commitment to the success of our students and NMSU’s accounting program,” Melendrez said. “CLA is a consistent and valued recruiter of our students, and we appreciate their support.”

NMSU has about 1,500 gift-funded scholarships available to students. For more information, visit

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