William Allen awarded Chancellor’s Medallion in recognition of academic achievement and character

December 16, 2017

The University of Michigan-Dearborn recognized William Allen as a Chancellor’s Medallion recipient during the University's December 2017 commencement ceremony.

William Allen received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with majors in accounting and finance. Having earned a GPA of 3.97, he graduates with High Distinction. Allen was on the Dean’s List every fall and winter term, received University Honors six times and was named a James B. Angell Scholar twice.

He is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Richard E. Czarnecki Endowed Scholarship, the Terry and Debbie McElroy Scholarship, the EY-Hillary Q. Kind Memorial Scholarship, the Wade McCree Scholarship, the General Merit Scholarship, the UM-Dearborn Writing Scholarship, the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, the Detroit Finnish Summer Camp Cooperative Scholarship and the Michigan Accountancy Foundation 5th Year Scholarship.

William Allen chancellor's medallion

During his time at UM-Dearborn, Allen was an involved member of the campus community. In his sophomore year, he participated in Alternative Spring Break in Cleveland, which motivated him to continue volunteer efforts in the metro Detroit area. He began to volunteer with the Environmental Interpretive Center on campus and participated in the Accounting Aid Society’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Mr. Allen said that, “Giving back is a rewarding experience that I will continue to do in various ways as I grow older.”

Allen served as vice president of the Kappa Sigma chapter of Beta Alpha Psi for one semester and president for two semesters. He attained three internships—at Plante Moran, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young—in which he was able to apply what was learned through involvement in the chapter and in the classroom.

He was named a 2017 UM-Dearborn Difference Maker. Nominated by faculty and staff, Difference Maker recipients are recognized for academic achievement, integrity, leadership, and creative contribution in and out of the classroom.

Allen will begin a full-time position at Ernst & Young as a risk advisory consultant in the fall. Until then, he plans to complete the CPA requirements and hopes to travel.

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