La`akea Fujita, a sophomore at Eastern Mennonite University, recently received the Minority Accounting Scholarship from the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. (Courtesy photo)

Sophomore scores accounting scholarship

La`akea Fujita is a sophomore at Eastern Mennonite University with an impressively varied resume. She is an associate in her mother’s public relations business, plays violin in her home church, and has worked as a baker and ebay entrepreneur. To add to that list, Fujita recently received the Minority Accounting Scholarship from the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA).

The society’s educational foundation awards the $1,500 scholarship to one undergraduate or graduate minority student each year who has a minimum GPA of 3.0.

When she heard the news, “I was happy and incredibly thankful,” Fujita says. “It relieves some of the burden of paying for college and instead allows me to focus on the subject I love. Receiving the scholarship made me feel even more affirmed in my decision to pursue accounting.”

She hopes to work in an accounting firm after finishing her degree and earning certification as a CPA. Fujita entered college interested in forensic accounting, which, in a nutshell, describes financial crimes to the court system. But after she began studying under Professor Leah Kratz, she fell in love with financial accounting.

“I thoroughly enjoy my coursework and find myself working ahead without realizing it,” Fujita says.

Fujita already has work experience tracking advertisers and clients for Fujita & Miura Public Relations. She also writes some of their website copy, surveys customers, and does promotional photography. 

She now hails from Coopersburg, Pa., but was born and raised in Hawai`i. She travels there to visit her dad, family and friends – and to enjoy a favorite activity: surfing. 

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