Accounting WEB reports that the AICPA has named Andrey Stoyan Beta Alpha Psi's 2013 Medal of Inspiration Award winner.
The award, sponsored by the AICPA, is bestowed on 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.
In 2008, with only $1,000 to his name, no job prospects, and limited English skills, Stoyan immigrated to the United States from Russia to escape the social intolerance and oppressive discrimination facing individuals in Russia's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
"Andrey's story of overcoming discrimination in his homeland and ultimately realizing his dream of becoming an accountant in the United States is an inspiration to those around the world who find themselves in similar situations," said Jeanne Patton, ACIPA vice president of Academics, Professional Pathways, and Inclusion. "His perseverance, hard work, and dedication to his community made him an ideal choice for the Medal of Inspiration Award."
Stoyan said he's honored by the award and hopes sharing his story will inspire others to never give up on their dreams of living in a world where they never have to be afraid of who they are and achieving a better life through the pursuit of higher education.
"I want to become a CPA, because I want to work in a value-based industry. Accountants have to adhere to a strict code of conduct and act ethically,"Stoyan said.