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Morgan Mendiola, Romeoville, Illinois, set her sights on becoming a teacher and possibly, a college professor. She chose to attend nearby Lewis University, with a dual major in secondary education and psychology. Mendiola made it through her freshman year, the pandemic year of 2020-2021,made many friends and worked with great instructors, she said.

Lewis awarded Mendiola an A. Montgomery Ward Scholarship, which she says made a significant impact in her college experience. She adds that scholarships can make a big difference for any student and is grateful to ACI. Read more of Morgan’s story.

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ACI/FORVIS Micro-Internship Project by Parker Dewey to Launch Sept. 16

FORVIS LLP will sponsor ACI’s Micro-Internship Project this fall, which is expected to help raise awareness of micro-internships among students attending ACI’s 26 member colleges and universities. To be known as the “ACI/FORVIS Micro-Internship Project by Parker Dewey,” the project is expected to reach at least 260 students — 10 students from each ACI member institution — seeking micro-internships.


“FORVIS, LLP ranks among the nation’s top 10 professional services firms and is driven by the commitment to use our forward vision to deliver unmatched client experiences,” said Kimberly J. Marshall, FORVIS audit director and ACI Board of Trustees member. “We are delighted to support career-driven students with an opportunity to build their networks and have real world experiences. Internships are a great way for students to find their passion and learn what motivates them. Our partnership with ACI and Parker Dewey is just one example of how we support and connect with our communities. We look forward to a successful ACI/ FORVIS Micro-Internship Project by Parker Dewey.”


FORVIS, LLP is a professional services firm, offering comprehensive assurance, tax, advisory and wealth management services. It was formed June 1, when two accounting, advisory and tax service firms, BKD and DHG, merged. With a combined $1.4 billion in revenue, FORVIS has offices across the United States and internationally.



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