Melissa J. Sawyer

Senior Associate Director / Operations Manager, Pulsifer Undergraduate Career Development Center

Melissa J. Sawyer

Melissa Sawyer is Senior Associate Director / Operations Manager and dedicated Career Coach for the Accountancy, Corporate Finance and Accounting (Accounting Focus), Information Systems Audit and Control, Mathematics, and Actuarial Sciences majors in the Pulsifer Undergraduate Career Development Center. Sawyer has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education in various functions encompassing career services, admission, financial aid, fellowship programs, and registrar’s office. She has developed strong relationships with staff and faculty throughout Bentley’s campus while collaborating on various programs for her majors. Sawyer has established solid partnerships with employers who actively recruit the students in her area of focus. Additionally, she oversees the relationship between the Pulsifer Career Development Center and Handshake and Big Interview. Sawyer looks forward to meeting with students to help them evaluate their interests regarding major and career path and in developing the skills necessary to acquire the positions they desire.

Prior to working at Bentley, Sawyer worked in career services with law students at Western New England School of Law and held various positions at Cornell University prior to and during graduate school. She has a Bachelor of Arts from John Carroll University and a MEd from Kent State University.

Dedicated Career Coach for the following majors:

  • Accountancy
  • Corporate Finance and Accounting (Accounting Focus)
  • Information Systems Audit and Control
  • Mathematics
  • Actuarial Sciences

Fun fact:  Melissa has traveled to 18 countries in the past 18 years (and more prior to that)!  Traveling with her husband and son is one of her passions and their most recent adventure was to go to the Galapagos Islands.  Melissa looks forward to many more stamps in her passport in the future!

Favorite part about the office: Working with the amazing students – Melissa truly enjoys watching them grow, develop and achieve their goals.  Seeing the smiles on students faces when they receive their internship/full time offer is the best!

Junior & Senior Appointments:

Please schedule an appointment via Handshake (Career Center > Appointments > Schedule a New Appointment > follow remaining prompts).

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Accounting Listen and Learn Follow up!

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Were you interested in going to the Accounting Listen and Learn earlier this week, but then something came up?  Or, you just needed a screen break for a little while?  I have good news!  We recorded the program so that you can watch on your own time.  Check out the recording here to learn from our amazing panelists!  I hope you enjoy!

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Check out BerryDunn’s Future Insight Virtual Series

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BerryDunn has been hard at work putting together a unique opportunity for students.  Given the current environment they pivoted and have designed a multi-part Future Insight Virtual Series. Check out the flyer below for more information.  This is a great program for sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue an accounting related major.  Deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

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Learn More About the Melanson Scholarship for Accounting Students!

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Each year Melanson (formally known as Melanson Heath) offers a $1,000 scholarship to an Accounting student at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These scholarships are awarded to deserving students planning to have a career in public accounting and who also share in our core values of honesty, kindness, fairness, perseverance, bravery, and judgment.

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2021.

Listed below are requirements for the Undergraduate Scholarship:

Undergraduates enrolled full-time at public or private colleges and universities
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Actuarial Listen and Learn Follow up!

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Were you interested in going to the Actuarial Listen and Learn last week, but then something came up?  Or, you just needed a screen break for a little while?  I have good news!  We recorded the program so that you can watch on your own time.  Check out the recording here to learn from our amazing panelists!  I hope you enjoy!

By Melissa J. Sawyer
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MSCPA 2021 Scholarships – Deadline Extended!

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The MSCPA is now accepting scholarship applications!

In 2020, the MSCPA was able to award $141,500 to worthy accounting students. They restructured their scholarship program to increase the amount of the awards and are proud to be offering scholarships ranging from $2,500 – $10,000. They are happy to provide financial assistance to offset the costs associated with becoming a CPA – all YOU need to do is apply!

The deadline to apply is NOW Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

To learn more …

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Accountants are Reinventing Themselves During COVID

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While COVID-19 has impacted almost all lines of work, those in the field of accounting have found themselves in a truly unique situation as they are now able to reinvent their job function due to the pandemic.

Many accountants have been forced to be nimble in finding ways to help their respective companies seek organizational success as well as planning and budgeting for a post-COVID economy in what many hope to be in the near future.

Read more about COVID-19 …

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2021 Spencer Scholarship Application – Now Open Until February 1!

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Check out this amazing scholarship opportunity!

Spencer Scholarships: Spencer scholarships are merit-based, and are awarded to undergraduate, graduate and PhD students who wish to pursue a career in Risk Management and Insurance. Our 2021-2022 Scholarship application is currently live. Undergraduate Spencer scholarships are awarded in the amount of $5,000, with limited $7,500 and $10,000 scholarships awarded to the highest-ranked applicants; Graduate and PhD Spencer scholarships are awarded in the amount of $10,000. More information and the link to apply can …

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$10,000 scholarships available from RSM

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Exciting news for Bentley business and technology students! RSM is pleased to continue their Power Your Education scholarship program and is very excited to launch a new First Generation scholarship program.

Together the programs, funded by the RSM US Foundation, will award $150,000 in scholarships to 15 students for the 2021/2022 academic year.

First Generation Scholarships:
Five students each awarded a $10,000 scholarship per academic year, for up to three years and $30,000
Open to first-generation college students
Power Your …

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Spencer RMI Diversity Scholarship Opportunities!

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Exciting news regarding a number of Spencer Scholarship opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in Risk Management and Insurance:

Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies Scholarship: The Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies (LAAIA) has just announced that they will be funding two $5,000 scholarships in 2021, to be awarded to undergraduate students who self-identify as Latinx/Hispanic American.
Arch Insurance Diversity Scholarship: Arch Insurance will be awarding two $5,000 scholarships in 2021, to students …

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Don’t Miss Scholarship Opportunities by Surgent CPA Review – Deadline November 30, 2020

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Surgent CPA Review has scholarship opportunities for hardworking students currently studying accounting and finance at an accredited college or university.

Surgent is offering two scholarships, and winners will receive $1,500 for first place. All applicants must submit an answer to an essay question with a copy of their current transcript. Further details on how to apply for the scholarship can be found here:

https://www.surgent.com/college-scholarship/ (Deadline: November 30, 2020)

https://www.surgentcpareview.com/college-scholarship/  (Deadline: November 30, 2020)

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