Natalee Brown came to Illinois State University because she wanted to study at the State Farm Hall of Business. A scholarship is easing her way through the rigorous accounting program.

“I really wanted to do accounting, and I really liked the reputation of the program,” she said.

Natalee will receive her bachelor’s and a master’s of professional accountancy in 2013, with plans on becoming a CPA and working in public accountancy. She recently interned at State Farm Insurance Companies, working in incentive plans and budgeting in the Financial Operations and Compliance Department.

The senior raved about her experiences in the State Farm Hall of Business.

“All of the professors are awesome,” she said. “I love that you’re really close-knit with people in your major.”

Although she received some tuition help from her parents, she also pays for part of her college costs. The scholarships she’s received are more than just financial aid for her.

“They really motivated me to work harder because I wanted to make sure that I deserved the scholarships,” she said. “It feels very rewarding to have someone make that investment in you.”