Josh Jelenek, a Hope College senior from Laingsburg, has won the "Fred Rugg Student Scholarship" presented by the Western Michigan Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Grand Rapids Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. Jelenek was announced as the winner of the $1,000 award during the 2010 "Student Night" meeting sponsored by the two chapters on Tuesday, Feb. 9, and held in Grand Rapids. He was chosen on the basis of his essay addressing the topic "How will the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) impact your accounting career as you prepare to graduate and start a career in public accounting or private industry?"
The scholarship competition was open to students from Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University and Hope. In addition to the scholarship announcement, the Feb. 9 event included a keynote address by Kim Korth, president of IRN Inc., who presented "The Economy and Future of the American Auto Industry."
Jelenek is a certified public accounting major at Hope whose recognition on campus includes having been named to the Hope College Baker Scholars, an elite group of business students who plan a career in business or future graduate business studies. He has completed an audit internship with Deloitte and a tax internship with Perrigo, and after graduation will be joining the audit staff of the Grand Rapids office of Deloitte. His activities at the college have also included serving as a resident assistant, intramurals, Habitat for Humanity and the golf team. He is the son of Thomas and Lisa Jelenek of Laingsburg, and a 2006 graduate of Laingsburg High School.