September 2, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Senior Accounting major, M. Darius Gant of Oswego, Ill. was named a recipient of the Frank R. Ross Scholastic Achievement Recognition Award and Scholarship, sponsored by the KPMG Chicago African American Network (CAAN). Gant served for KPMG, an international professional audit, tax and advisory services, as a summer accounting intern in Chicago. The award and scholarship is named in honor of Frank K. Ross, the first African American partner elected into the KPMG LLP (KPMG) partnership. It is based on personal commitment to promoting the development and success of African-Americans on campus and in the community, and helping the success of future generations of diverse professionals in the corporate arena.
At Illinois Wesleyan, Gant was a member of the basketball team for 4 years, served as president for Alpha Phi Alpha (APA) social fraternity, Inc. last year, and is now the current chair of educational activities for APA. He is also the founding and active president of the Bloomington chapter for the National Association of Black Accountants.
Gant’s future aspirations are first to pass the CPA exam, and then to eventually become a partner of an accounting firm, or CEO of a Fortune 100 company. However, Gant’s main desire is to help others realize their potential, and to achieve goals they may never have thought possible.
Contact: Kimberly Stabosz ‘09 (309) 556-3181