Currently a junior at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Josh Shandell received the Paton Accounting Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding performance in accounting classes and his demonstrated interest in the field. Josh Shandell was one of 20 students in his class selected for the honor. The fellowship honors the legacy of Professor William A. Paton, a certified public accountant who made tremendous contributions to the field of accounting education and research. After earning a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan in 1917, he spent nearly 50 years teaching accounting at the same university. His more than 20,000 students included such formidable business leaders as Roger Smith, the former chief executive of General Motors Corporation. Professor Paton retired from the University of Michigan in 1964 and received the "Educator of the Century" honor from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1987. He passed away in 1991 at the age of 101.
A junior at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Josh Shandell is earning his bachelor of business administration with a focus on finance and real estate. The recipient of numerous honors for his academic achievements, Josh Shandell was chosen as a Carson Scholar. Created by University of Michigan alumnus David Carson, BBA, '55, the Carson Scholars Program offers bachelor of business administration students the opportunity to enhance their studies and network with notable business and political leaders. Since 2005, this program has enabled Ross School of Business students to attend a three-credit course at The Washington Campus in Washington, DC. An association of 17 business schools, The Washington Campus hosts a special weeklong session on Business and the Public Policy Process every May. While this course generally costs several thousand dollars per student, Carson established a fund that covers the price of tuition for those accepted into the Carson Scholars Program. However, students must still pay $390 for five nights in a hotel. Attendees learn about combining public policy into business and managerial decisions. They also enjoy the opportunity to meet government officials and members of Congress, as well as business professionals and academics. Applications to join the Carson Scholars Program are due in early November. The school bases its decisions on academic accomplishments and announces winners prior to Thanksgiving break.