Dr. William Jefferson Accounting/Business Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2020 to support the advancement of African American male students studying accounting or business. In 2018, only 4% of all professional staff in accounting/finance functions and 1% of all partners of US CPA firms were Black/African Americans (AICPA 2019 Trends Report).  

After the loss of his parents before the age 17, Dr. William Jefferson persisted through high school and college and obtained his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD from North Central University in Arizona. Dr. Jefferson attributes his personal success to the mentorship of R.L. Walker, his high school teacher who was unable to become a CPA because he was Black. After 33 years in private industry performing finance and accounting, Dr. Jefferson started teaching accounting at MCC in 2006. In addition to teaching at MCC, Dr. Jefferson is involved with 100 Black Men of Omaha to help inspire the next generation, and is a Nebraska, small business owner.

This renewable scholarship is intended to fund tuition, fees, or books.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Financial need is not required, but may be considered
  • Open to students with declared majors in business or accounting
  • Full- or part-time students at MCC
  • Open for all MCC students
  • Student must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the time of the application that must be maintained during the scholarship
  • Preference will be given to students who have been involved with activities through The 100 Black Men of Omaha or the Urban League of Nebraska, either as a volunteer or as a student participant.

Scholarships are usually offered during the spring and fall quarters. Scholarship availability varies depending on donor giving.