SDSU Accounting Grad “Overcomes Adversity” and Wins International Award


SAN DIEGO (June 6, 2013) - The College of Business Administration at San Diego State University (SDSU) announced today that an officer in the university’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter, Andrey Stoyan, was named the 2013 recipient of the Medal of Inspiration Award presented by Beta Alpha Psi and sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs. Stoyan earned his bachelor of science in accounting from SDSU’s Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy last month when he graduated Magna Cum Laude with distinction in the major.

Stoyan was chosen for the award based on his inspiring “ability to overcome adversity and excel.” With only $1000 in his pocket and some English language skills, he immigrated to the U.S. from Russia in 2008 due to the harsh treatment of individuals in their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. He requested, and was granted, asylum shortly after arriving in the U.S. and enrolled in SDSU in 2011.

While at SDSU, Stoyan was elected vice president of professional development in SDSU’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter, an honors organization for financial information and accounting students and professionals. He also interned for KPMG and did community/campus volunteer work in addition to working 20 – 30 hours per week. Stoyan will become a full-time audit accountant with BDO this fall and is eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship in September.

“Andrey’s passion for excellence and eagerness to help others to achieve brings out the best in everyone around him,” said Dr. David DeBoskey, SDSU assistant professor of accounting and faculty advisor for SDSU’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter. “His remarkable and inspiring story is proof that accomplishing the American Dream is still within reach.”