Global: Beta Alpha Psi
Highlighting the good works of GSU around the world
By Kathleen Poe Ross
Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for accounting students in universities across America and abroad. Now in its 50th year on GSU's campus, the Beta Mu chapter, more than 120 students strong, has taken its name to another continent through its Global Impact Project.
The Global Impact Project launched in fall 2010 as a community service effort with the initial goal of raising enough money to send one Kenyan girl to college. Just a year later, Beta Alpha Psi has met and exceeded its mark, collecting nearly $27,000 — enough to fund degrees for nine women.
Beta Alpha Psi identified deserving scholarship candidates through a partnership with Alpharetta-based Imbako Public Health. Fittingly, these first scholars are studying education, business management and accounting. Fundraising for the 2011-12 Global Impact Project is already underway.
“It's amazing to me that one person's education could have such a hugely positive effect on a village of people,” says Ricky Bartlett, the project's committee chair. “It makes that village so much more self-sustaining, by one education.”