PCAOB Announces 72 Scholarships for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board today announced the recipients of $10,000 merit scholarships that are intended to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue careers in audit.

The scholarship program, created by Congress in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, this year will provide an award to one student at each of the 72 colleges and universities listed below. This is the PCAOB's sixth year granting scholarships.

"Over the years, the academic achievements of more than 400 students have been recognized through this program," said PCAOB Chairman James R. Doty. "We hope this recognition inspires future accountants to become leaders in audit for the benefit of investors."

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires that monetary penalties imposed by the PCAOB in its disciplinary proceedings be used to fund a merit scholarship program for students in accredited accounting degree programs. The PCAOB scholarship program was created to identify eligible students for scholarships and award funds through the students' educational institutions.

Each participating educational institution nominates a scholarship recipient from students enrolled in its accounting degree program. To qualify, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a bachelor's or master's degree program in accounting
  • Demonstrate interest and aptitude in accounting and auditing
  • Demonstrate high ethical standards

In addition, applicants may not be a PCAOB employee or a child or spouse of a PCAOB employee.

The PCAOB scholarship program is merit-based, and educational institutions are encouraged to give consideration to students from populations that have been historically underrepresented in the accounting profession.

A description of the program, along with information on the nomination process, the selection of nominating institutions, and other details can be found on the scholarship program page of the PCAOB website.

2016-2017 Academic Year PCAOB Scholarship Recipients

Institution Student *
Arizona State University Justin Longoria
Auburn University Zachary Blomeley
Baker University Andrew Dare
Bentley University Matthew Taggart
Brigham Young University (Utah)
Bryant University
Central Connecticut State University Olivia McDonald
College of Westchester Tommy Bryson
DePaul University Grzegorz Kras
DeVry University Di Wu
Duquesne University Rebecca Andrus
Florida Atlantic University Matthieu Burtez
Florida State University Connor Dawkins
George Mason University Iliana Montoya
George Washington University Rachel Bronstein
Georgia College and State University Larrentis Thomas
Georgia State University Ulugmurod Yarkulov
Globe University
Hawaii Pacific University Tyler Van Stone
Hofstra University Krystle Kozakevitch
Illinois State University Francisco Vega
Indiana University Omoyemi Akinribade
Indiana Wesleyan University Noah Johnson
Jackson State University James Griffin
Johnson & Wales Matthew McRee
Liberty University Sarah Dunn
Loyola University Chicago Anna Fuchs
National University Debbie Park
North Georgia State University and College Stephan Morgan
Northern Illinois University Robert DeMyers IV
Pace University Marissa Masi
Park University Jeremy Barnes
Penn State Audrey Bencel
Purdue University Samantha Dauby
Rider University Drew Pinkston
Rutgers University Adnan Munir
San Diego State University Alexandra Cohen
Southern Methodist University Megan Shell
St. John's University Megan Huckemeyer
State University of New York at Albany  Rynelly Perez
State University of New York at Binghamton Nathan Oliver
State University of New York at Buffalo Alan Spoth
Suffolk University Thomas Gaudet
Texas A&M Julia Martin
Texas Tech University Paul Feyisetan
Tulane University Michael Kreisman
Universidad Metropolitana Yaritza Gonzalez
University of Alabama Lawrence Johnson
University of Central Florida Andrew Davids
University of Denver
University of Florida Kara Conley
University of Georgia Daniel Ray
University of Houston Marissa McKnight
University of Houston-Clear Lake Max McCasland
University of Illinois at Chicago Elizabeth Gallagher
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Kyle Germain
University of Montana Lindsey Trent
University of New Orleans Steven Casey
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Rickell Reid
University of North Carolina-Charlotte Wesley Sweigart
University of Notre Dame Eric Thompson
University of Oregon Bianca Brouillard
University of Phoenix Sandra Traub
University of Southern California Gina Laret
University of Texas at Austin Nancy Nguyen
University of Texas at Dallas Lesley Capehart
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Utah Matthew Maughan
University of Virginia
University of Washington-Seattle Victoria Burns
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Kyle Aaby
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Dylan Marberger

* Students have the option to be named alongside their school. Those who chose this option are named above.