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Adams State accounts for Salazar’s success
Article by Garrett Carroll

ALAMOSA, CO. (January 19, 2022) – For Tierra Amarilla native Mandy Salazar, being a first-generation college graduate means she can pursue something greater to help provide for her family in the future. “I am thankful to have the support of my family because, without them, I would not be in the position I am today.”

Salazar earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in taxation and economics and graduated with honors at the Adams State University 2021 Fall Ceremony in Alamosa, Colo. Adams State allowed her to connect with teachers and classmates and helped set her on the path to success.

Salazar will attend the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in the fall of 2022 to pursue a master’s in taxation. “It is something I have become very passionate about and something I would be able to bring back to my small community.”

Adams State Sheryl Abeyta, assistant professor of business and Natalie Rogers, assistant professor of business, were pivotal in encouraging Salazar to pursue her master’s. She was a member of Pacioli, the accounting club, and served as the club secretary.

“From the diverse homecoming events to the small study groups, Adams State is a place to find yourself and that is ultimately what I did.”

Salazar graduated with no student loan debt. She received the Los Alamos National Laboratory 4-year Bronze Scholarship, the Colorado Society of CPAs Deloitte Scholarship, and the President’s Merit Scholarship. She had an internship with Wall, Smith, Bateman, Inc., and was a tutor and work-study.

She also worked at the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in the accounting department. “I was able to excel in my work based on the education I received at Adams State.”

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Mandy Salazar