Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Accountancy Student Selected as Rotary Scholar

Erik Elfrink, Chesterfield, was selected as the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for the Eastern Missouri District. Elfrink is a senior studying at the University of Missouri School of Accountancy in the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business. He will study abroad for the 2010-11 academic year at a university in Sweden or the Netherlands, where he will serve as a goodwill ambassador.

The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship is a $25,000 award, which covers the costs of studying abroad. The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. To promote the foundation’s mission, students in the program complete service projects, give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs abroad and share their experiences upon returning home.

"Knowing Erik's activities, interests, and goals, I believe he is an excellent choice to be an ambassador of goodwill," said Phyllis Moore, director of the 150-Hour and Master of Accountancy Programs at MU. "Erik's participation in this prestigious program will bring international exposure to the high quality education students receive at MU and in the nationally ranked School of Accountancy."

Elfrink is the son of Tom and Kim Elfrink and a 2006 graduate of St. Louis Priory School. Elfrink is involved in several campus organizations, including AIESEC, an international business and leadership development organization; Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals; Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honors society for business excellence; and the International Student Council, a global volunteer organization. In his free time, Elfrink attends MU sporting events, plays intramural sports, and practices snowboarding and scuba diving.