Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

BAP's Medal of Inspiration Honors Student Who Has Overcome Adversity

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

BAP's Medal of Inspiration Honors Student Who Has Overcome Adversity

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Hefgine G. Fils-Aime, a spring 2011 graduate of the University of South Florida, received Beta Alpha Psi's Medal of Inspiration Award.

The award, sponsored by the Institute, recognizes a student who has experienced extreme hardships in his or her life, and who has demonstrated an unusually high level of success despite that adversity, The award includes a $5,000 cash stipend, which Fils-Aime plans to use to help continue her education by pursuing a master's degree in accounting at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

In the mid-2000s, Fils-Aime's parents, fearful that their two young daughters would become victims of Haiti's new terror kidnappings, sent her and her sister to Florida to live with relatives. Fils-Aime, a native French and Creole speaker, had to learn English immediately Because she skipped a grade in Haiti, and due to differences between the Haitian and U.S. school systems, her U.S. high school enrolled her as a junior at age 14. She had to take Florida's Comprehensive Assessment Test to bring her up to date with her class level; she passed the exams in English and went on to graduate at age 16 and enroll in the University of South Florida. …

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