Fanta Yaroh is the first MDC accounting major to earn a Tuskegee Transfer Scholarship. Alum to Intern at KPMG Accounting Firm Fanta Yaroh, an MDC alumna and winner of a prestigious Tuskegee Transfer Scholarship Award, had one of the most cosmopolitan childhoods imaginable. With a father who is a diplomat, she was born in Niger and as a young child moved to Saudi Arabia, and eventually to Paris for boarding school. After a year of college in France, she decided to come to Miami to complete an associate degree at MDC. “People were more friendly in Miami than in Paris,” Yaroh said. “But after living abroad, adjusting to life here took some time.” But Yaroh is clearly not the type to shirk from a challenge. As she was finishing up an associate degree in accounting, Fredric Toney, MDC’s assistant director of advisement and career services at North Campus, suggested she apply for the Tuskegee scholarship. She had already been accepted at Fisk University, but gave it a go. When she won the scholarship, she decided to attend Tuskegee without ever setting foot on campus. “It wasn’t easy, as I am an introvert,” Yaroh said, “but the students and others there helped me out a great deal.” Yaroh is the first MDC accounting student to win a Tuskegee transfer scholarship. In May, Yaroh will graduate with a bachelor’s degree. She already has a much sought-after internship with one of the “big four” accounting firms, KPMG. She hopes the internship will lead to another year of graduate school and a full-time job offer from KPMG.
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