Thursday, December 21, 2017

Robert Ndaye Muange of Beardstown awarded dual scholarships at University of Illinois Springfield

Robert Ndaye Muange, a resident of Beardstown and accountancy major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Pam McClelland Accountancy Scholarship and the Michael and Pamela Luenz Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Muange, a married father of three, attends classes full-time while also working as a teacher’s aid in the Beardstown Community Unit School District.

He said he is able to balance it all thanks to his instructors at UIS. “I have encountered tremendous and experienced teachers at UIS who know me personally and care,” said Muange. “I am very comfortable approaching them and getting what I need to understand the courses.”

After graduation, Muange plans to take the CPA exam and begin work on his master’s degree.

He said he was inspired by his father. “My father was an accountant,” said Muange. “I am following in his footsteps.”

Muange eventually plans to pursue a Ph.D.

The Pamela McClelland Accountancy Scholarship was established by retired KEB partner and UIS alumnae Pamela McClelland. McClelland, a non-traditional student, graduated with highest honors and won the Elijah Watts Sells Award for ranking in the top five percent nationally on the CPA exam. McClelland has also been honored as a UIS Distinguished Alumni and recognized for outstanding advocate leadership by the University of Illinois Foundation.

To qualify for the Pamela McClelland Accountancy Scholarship, students must be a junior or senior seeking an accountancy degree, who have a demonstrated financial need.

The Michael F. and Pamela M. Luenz Scholarship was established by UIS alumni Michael Luenz, who earned a BA in management in 1980.

To qualify for the Michael and Pamela Luenz Scholarship, undergraduate students must be enrolled in the College of Business and Management and demonstrate a financial need.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit The deadline to apply for institutional scholarships is February 15, 2018.

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or

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