AICPA Honors San Diego State University Student with Medal of Inspiration Award

August 9, 2013

Durham, N.C. (August 9, 2013) – The American Institute of CPAs has announced Andrey A. Stoyan, a 2013 San Diego State University accounting graduate, was awarded Beta Alpha Psi’s Medal of Inspiration Award earlier today at the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA.

The award, sponsored by the AICPA, is bestowed upon 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.

“I wanted to share my story because I see many people discouraged by the hardships they face in life, especially when it comes to education, and I really hope that it can inspire someone who faced some adversities in life – be that related to education, economic situation, or mistreatment, abuse, and resentment from society,” said Stoyan.

Stoyan emigrated from Russia in 2008 to escape social intolerance and oppressive discrimination. At the time he knew a limited amount of English and only had $1,000 to his name.   

While in the U.S. Stoyan was granted asylum, but still faced many obstacles trying to obtain an education. His goal was to enroll in the accountancy program at SDSU , but didn’t have a high school diploma or GED. He was unable to transfer his Russian transcripts to SDSU, however after two years at a local community college he realized his goal and was accepted by SDSU.

“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 Jeannie Patton, AICPA Vice President, 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.”

While at SDSU, Stoyan was elected vice president of professional development in the university’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter, an honors organization for financial information and accounting students and professionals. He interned for KPMG and performed volunteer work  on campus and in the local community, in addition to working 20 – 30 hours per week.

Stoyan will become a full-time audit accountant with BDO this fall and is eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship in September.

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