Scholarship Success Stories: Rachel Parker
Name: Rachel Parker
Chapter: Beta Eta Chapter at The Pennsylvania State University
Scholarship Received: Bertha and Mac Bodian Memorial Scholarship
"The award meant that not only had my hard work in school benefitted me, but my love for and dedication to Phi Sigma Sigma led me to bigger and better opportunities."
How did your Foundation scholarship impact you and your career?
Receiving the Bertha and Mac Bodian memorial scholarship meant so much to me. The generosity of the donors and Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation helped me to further my education in pursuit of an undergraduate and master’s degree in accounting as well as a minor in information systems management. Most importantly, the award meant that not only had my hard work in school benefitted me, but my love for and dedication to Phi Sigma Sigma led me to bigger and better opportunities.
I graduated this past December from Penn State with my undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting. I am currently working towards my CPA license and have accepted a full-time job with PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Philadelphia, PA.
How has Phi Sigma Sigma impacted you?
To me being a Phi Sigma Sigma means upholding standards and working to become the best woman that I can be. I see Phi Sigma Sigma as a group that supports and motivates me to be the best woman that I can be day in and day out. Phi Sigma Sigma has led to me amazing opportunities both through leadership roles and friendships and I will forever be grateful to this organization and the women in it. My leadership roles as bursar and archon helped to shape my knowledge and skills. The tools that I learned as an executive board member will stay with me as I begin my professional career.
What advice would you give today's collegians?
I would tell today’s collegians to get involved within their chapters. Whether it be holding a position or attending events with sisters, there are always opportunities to become more involved and share in benefits of the sisterhood.