Brooke Downing, a senior in the Accounting 150-hour Program, was honored with the Texas Tech Parents Association Student Academic Citizenship Award, based on her academic excellence and leadership outside the classroom. Downing was nominated for the award by recently retired faculty member Dr. Herschel Mann, who was her professor for Current Accounting Theory (ACCT 5302). She received the award - which comes with a monetary stipend - at the annual Faculty and Student Awards Breakfast Buffet Reception on Saturday, April 9.
"Growing up in a small town, with two parents that work in public service, has helped me stay community-centered," Downing said. "The idea that you should always help those around you when possible has been instilled in me since a young age, and I am grateful that the Rawls College provides me with opportunities to develop those leadership skills."
Downing - who grew up in Happy, Texas - is set to graduate in August 2016 with her bachelor's in accounting and master's in accounting (with an emphasis in taxation). Throughout her time at the Rawls College, she has been an active member of various organizations, including: the Rawls Business Leadership Program, President's Select, Chancellor's Ambassadors, Beta Gamma Sigma and the Texas Tech Mortar Board Forum Chapter, on which she currently serves as treasurer. Additionally, she completed a Congressional Internship in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2014 and an internship with Ernst & Young, LLP in Dallas during Spring 2015. She has recently accepted a full-time position with Ernst & Young, LLP as a tax associate in Dallas, which she will begin in October this year.
Downing contributes much of her success to the leadership and encouragement she has received as a student at the Rawls College.
"The faculty and staff at Rawls are the reason I have been fortunate enough to receive and deserve this award," Downing said. "Their willingness to go above and beyond to ensure I am able to achieve greatness has made my time with the college an instrumental part of my success."