Paying it forward

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Rebecca Poynter

As a tax manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), accountant Emily Mauzy ('06, '06 M.S.) advises private and public companies about how to make the most of their earnings, a talent she demonstrates in her personal life, too.
Four years after graduating from UNT's five-year master's in tax accounting program, Mauzy contacted the Department of Accounting and arranged to donate money for a scholarship, $1,000 a year for a minimum of five years.
"I received several scholarships while at UNT, so I wanted to do something," says Mauzy, who arrived from Maryland and decided after her first cheese quesadillas that Texas was the place for her. And so was UNT.
"I liked the accounting program and the complete college experience that UNT offered," she says. "I thought, 'When I get out in the real world, how cool would it be if I could pay my experience forward?'"
A resume submission to the Beta Alpha Psi accounting honor society for a job fair resulted in a spring internship.
"A partner at PwC had a daughter who graduated from UNT and wanted to recruit from the campus," she says.
That UNT supporter launched Mauzy into her career with the internship that led to a full-time job at PwC in Dallas. She was promoted to tax manager this summer.
Mauzy wrote the check for her first $1,000 installment on the scholarship late last year.
"I don't itemize on my personal return, so I didn't even get to write it off," Mauzy chuckles.
But she says she doesn't mind.
"UNT took care of me."