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Class of 2013 Success Stories
Graduate endows scholarship in College of Business

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By Donna Greenwald

When Jacob Nix walked across the stage for Commencement on Aug. 10, 2013, it wasn't the end of his relationship with BGSU. Rather, the scholarship he has endowed will keep him connected to the College of Business and future accounting students for years to come.

A Master of Accountancy graduate from Olmsted Falls, Ohio, Nix will start his career at Ernst & Young this fall. He attributes this success to his BGSU mentors.

"Without the support from my professors and mentors at BGSU, I would not have had the same experience or opportunities that I have enjoyed," he said.

Nix received numerous awards and scholarships that helped make his education possible. In recognition of the help he has had along the way, Nix has made plans to endow a scholarship for future accounting students.

"I would not be where I am today without the help both of our incredible faculty's guidance and the generosity of alumni before me. With this in mind I am excited to continue the proud tradition of giving back to the College of Business to help promote a bright future."

While a BGSU student, Nix was involved with a number of campus activities, including serving as executive officer of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for financial information students. He was also actively involved with mentoring younger students, including serving as the student ambassador for the Ohio Society of CPAs. Nix was the first student in the program to be invited to serve a second term as ambassador.

He also participated in three internships and a graduate assistantship, along with other campus positions, including College of Business student ambassador. In addition, Nix co-authored an article with Dr. Pascal Bizarro and worked with Dr. Kenneth Snead on research they plan to publish this fall.

He called his professors "more than just professors, but mentors and friends." Of particular note was Dr. Brent Nicholson, who passed away suddenly in 2010. Coincidently, Nicholson's father was the donor of one of Nix's first scholarships.

Nix has a bright future ahead, starting in the Assurance Service line at Ernst & Young. He is looking forward to applying the skills gained at BGSU.

"I know I am well prepared to start my career, and that I can always turn to my BGSU family for any advice I need along the way," he said.

Thanks to his generosity, future Falcons will have the opportunity for the same type of life changing opportunities that Nix has so enjoyed.