Diane Zouabet Tchaya received MassCPA’s accounting scholarship

BROCKTON — With her two daughters at school and her husband at work, 32-year-old Diane Zouabet Tchaya begins her hour-and-a-half drive from her home in Brockton to the Northeastern University campus in Boston.

On campus, she takes a full day of classes from approximately 8:00 am to 1:30 pm and is working toward her master’s degree in accounting, which she will receive at the end of August.

Last night she worked a long shift at the League School of Greater Boston in Walpole, where she is a direct living aid for children diagnosed with autism every weekday from 11pm to 6:30am

She chews gum during her classes just to keep herself awake.

“I work nights and then come back to school during the day,” she said. “I’m so tired in class that I try to keep up.”

Tchaya, who immigrated to Boston with her family from Cameroon almost 6 years ago, works tirelessly every day of the week to ensure her daughters are fed and their classes are paid for.

“It’s just hard to deal with everything, you know,” she said. “And it’s not easy with the kids.”

Brockton resident Diane Zouabet Tchaya, 32, will receive a master's degree in accounting from Northeastern University in late August.

On April 13, she was sitting in class when she received an email titled “Congratulations” from the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MassCPAs).

She received a significant grant that would subsidize her education.

“You know when your heart beats faster,” she said. “I had to re-read the email to make sure it wasn’t some kind of scam.”

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