Alfred Mwalwanda

Alfred Mwalwanda, a junior accounting major at the University of Bridgeport, has been selected by the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) as one of its 2010 scholarship winners.

The $1,000 award will be presented on Wednesday, November 3 at a ceremony in East Hartford. The Greater Hartford chapter of NABA is presenting scholarships totaling $8,000.

Winners were selected based on essays they wrote about two of four topics predetermined by NABA.

Mwalwanda wrote about financial literacy and community service, topics that personally resonate with him.

A native of Malawi in Africa, Mwalwanda said his long-term goal is to earn a CPA and “help small businesses.”

“Back home in Malawi, people who are doing well are getting richer and richer. There’s a big gap between the rich and the poor,” he said. “My idea is to work with other accountants to help small businesses get loans from the banks so they can be independent and have a source of income.”

In addition to his studies, Mwalwanda volunteers at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, serving food and distributing clothing.

“Alfred is a gentle, kind and hard-working student. He is truly one of the kids who will represent UB well as he builds his career,” said School of Business Assistant Dean Ward Thrasher.
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