With support from his Adams State accounting professors, recent graduate Sergio Mendoza will join the ranks of other Adams State alumni who pursued their master’s degree at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. ALAMOSA— Nestled in a high mountain valley, Adams State University, a state-supported public school, is located in Alamosa, population 10,000. A private school, the University of Denver (DU), located in a metropolis, boasts of a student population of 10,000 on its 200-acre campus.
Despite the size difference and difference in location, the two universities have found a way to build a lasting partnership. Thanks to Sheryl Abeyta, Adams State assistant professor of accounting, every year students cross the commencement platform at Adams State in the spring and then pass through the doorway to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in the fall, ready to begin the next chapter in their great stories.
The vast majority of Adams State accounting alumni who attend the DU Graduate Tax Program receive at least a 50 percent scholarship, with many receiving even higher awards.
Sergio Mendoza received his Bachelor of Science at the Spring 2019 Adams State Commencement Ceremony. He appreciates his amazing accounting professors, Abeyta and Natalie Rogers, assistant professor of business. “With the help of the great accounting program here at Adams State, I will attend the University of Denver Sturm College of Law on a significant scholarship, with very little out-of-pocket costs.”
The relationship between the two universities began nine years ago, when Abeyta recommended one of her graduating accounting students for the DU Graduate Tax program. This year eight will attend. “I only recommend those I know will be successful in the program,” Abeyta said.
Along with teaching the technical aspect of accounting, Abeyta mentors students like Mendoza and encourages soon-to-be graduates to continue their education.
“My accounting professors provided me with resources such as internships, scholarship and graduate school opportunities in order to help me advance exponentially in my future careers and endeavors,” Medonza said.
Also an Adams State alumna, Abeyta received her master’s from the DU program after […]

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