253 Students Named PCAOB Scholars for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Washington, Jul. 19, 2021

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) today announced that 253 students from U.S. colleges and universities have been selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year.

"Congratulations to our PCAOB Scholars who achieved this distinction during an unquestionably challenging period for students everywhere,” said PCAOB Acting Chairperson Duane M. DesParte. “The PCAOB is pleased to help support these dedicated individuals on their paths to becoming leaders in accounting and auditing.”

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 provides that funds generated from the collection of PCAOB monetary penalties must be used to fund a merit scholarship program for students in accredited accounting degree programs. The PCAOB Scholars Program was created to identify eligible students and to award funds through the students’ educational institutions.

The program’s goals are (1) to benefit outstanding students who are likely to become auditors and (2) to make a difference to eligible students who might otherwise pursue a different career path. The PCAOB encourages participating colleges and universities to give special consideration to students from populations that have been historically underrepresented in the accounting profession.

Since the program’s inception in 2011, the PCAOB has awarded $16.23 million in scholarships to 1,623 recipients. This year, the Board is continuing a pilot program intended to award scholarships directly to students who transfer from a two-year institution to the accounting program at a participating four-year institution. Since the launch of the pilot in 2019, this addition to the Scholars Program has resulted in 46 transfer students being awarded a scholarship.

A description of the program, including information on the nomination process, the selection of nominating institutions, and other details can be found on the PCAOB Scholars Program page. All participating institutions, along with the named PCAOB Scholars, are listed below.

2021-2022 Academic Year PCAOB Scholars

Appalachian State University
Megan Winter

Arizona State University-Tempe
Matthew Richards
Henry Mardany (transfer)

Auburn University
Erin Casolaro

Auburn University at Montgomery
Abigail Williams

Baylor University
Natalie Turner

Belmont University
John Armbruster

Bentley University
Samantha Duong
Victoria Anthony (transfer)

Binghamton University
Janet Avery
Jessica Chau (transfer)

Boise State University
Casandra Clair

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Allison Mishka

Bradley University
Kaylee Addis

Brigham Young University-Provo
Regan Hartley
Jesse David (transfer)

Bryant University
Shannon Flaherty

California State University-Fullerton
Alyssa Yung

California State University-Northridge
Arev Mkrtchyan

Canisius College
Daniel Mosher

Case Western Reserve University
Samantha Dunbar

Central Connecticut State University
Giavanna Schofield

Central Michigan University
Kellie Sauve

Central Washington University
Kailey Kovach

Clemson University
Jada McBride

Cleveland State University
Claire Maltman

College of William and Mary
Upasana Barot

Creighton University
Annie Harter

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
Mei Shun Lee
Yunqin Lin (transfer)

CUNY Brooklyn College
Maral Almazova (transfer)

DePaul University
Katherine De Zayas
Georgios Gountanis (transfer)

Drake University
McKenzie Smith

Drexel University
Gunnar Gale

East Carolina University
Alisa Diercksen

Eastern Illinois University
Cade Robson

Eastern Michigan University
Heather McCarron

Fairfield University
Anthony Cifarelli

Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus
Gabrielle Block

Florida Gulf Coast University
Kyle Bezner

Florida International University
Catherine Castro
Fabio Rodriguez (transfer)

Florida State University
Janysa Cabrera
Nathaniel Lyons (transfer)

George Mason University
Melissa Perera
Sophie Florence (transfer)

George Washington University
Scott Rothschild


Georgia Southern University
Jordan Newman

Georgia State University
Jonathan Pheng
Quantavious Ealy (transfer)

Gonzaga University
Bethany Kaufman

Grand Valley State University
Gabrielle Broche

Hofstra University
Jacinth Nurse

Idaho State University
Jon Hurt

Illinois State University
Joceline Alarcon

Indiana University-Bloomington
Julia Reichert

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Madelyn Heron

Iona College
Gabriel Cinanni

Iowa State University
Natalie Vos

John Carroll University
Jonathan Simoes

Kansas State University
Austin Bookout

Kennesaw State University
Nguyen Nguyen
Hilary Baldwin (transfer)

Kent State University at Kent
Evangeline Agum


La Salle University
Theoren Honey


Lehigh University
Isabella King


Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Hayden Livaudais


Louisiana Tech University
Julie Vandenberg

Loyola University Chicago
Mashal Hassan

Loyola University Maryland
David McMillan

Marquette University
Amanda Didier

Marshall University
Dylan Hunter

Metropolitan State University of Denver
James Cousin III

Miami University-Oxford
Anthony Patrick

Michigan State University
Rylee Egan
Chase Pate (transfer)

Middle Tennessee State University
Guadalupe Bartolo

Mississippi State University
Jennifer Johnson

Missouri State University-Springfield
Heather Green

Montclair State University
Jehan Abayhan

Morgan State University
Oluwatofunmi Akinniranye

New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Hayley Walters

New York University
Ben Wierzbicki

North Carolina A & T State University
Zorlynn Taylor-Robinson

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Nicholas Oberle

North Dakota State University-Main Campus
Samuel Johnson

Northeastern Illinois University
Filip Cvetkovic

Northeastern University
Lauren Reilly

Northern Illinois University
Mourufat Bello

Oakland University
Mary Campbell

Ohio University-Main Campus
Ryan Biller

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Marie Spillman

Old Dominion University
Gary Banks

Oregon State University
Andrea Valencia

Pace University-New York
Brina Agostini

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Gillian Black

Portland State University
Kelsey Halls

Purdue University-Main Campus
Cameron Gregson

Quinnipiac University
Joseph Breen

Rider University
Aaliyah Wideman

Rowan University
Cody Schubert

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Bharvi Patel

Rutgers University-Newark
Sabrina Prevost
Emmanuel Basoah (transfer)

Saint Joseph's University
Benjamin Kinsella

Saint Louis University
Cara Rasmussen

Sam Houston State University
Logan Bentley

San Diego State University
Isabella Gaffney

Santa Clara University
Keith Agcaoili

Seattle University
Andrea Veloria

Seton Hall University
Anastasia Plank

Siena College
Gianna Paris

Southeastern Louisiana University
Carizma Kinchen

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Maxwell Ameyaw

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Carson Newkirk

Southern Methodist University
Gabriela Barcelos de Freitas

Southern Utah University
Karl Greathouse

St John's University-New York
Arosha Mazhar

State University of New York at New Paltz
Amanda Whitehouse

Stephen F Austin State University
Robert Hollins

Stetson University
Melissa Ramos Loredo

Suffolk University
Michael Tracchia

SUNY at Albany
Markus Clausell

Syracuse University
Kelly Kritz

Temple University
Liberty Allain

Tennessee Technological University
Logan Parkhurst

Texas A & M University-College Station
Keely Loeffler
Taqrim Islam (transfer)

Texas A & M University-Commerce
Amani Biggs

Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
Amy Vera

Texas Christian University
Katrina Clough

Texas State University
Jabria Ard

Texas Tech University
Myriam Nahimana

The University of Alabama
Robert Bowden
Connor Lawson (transfer)

The University of Montana
Betsy Rattler

The University of Tampa
Isabella Moorman-Lage

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Anne Osborne

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Madeline Thomas

The University of Texas at Arlington
Kevin Asmoro

The University of Texas at Austin
Rahi Shah
Meghan Stevens (transfer)

The University of Texas at Dallas
Odera Udolisa
Vo Dieu Minh Tran (transfer)

The University of Texas at El Paso
Gabriela Rodriguez

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Austin Schmitt

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Javier Trevino

Troy University
Ethan Turner

Truman State University
Kevin Zossoungbo

Tulane University of Louisiana
Bethany Gleiser

Universidad Ana G Mendez
Arianny Ayala

University at Buffalo
Jonathan Archer

University of Akron Main Campus
Kayla Evans

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Wai Wong

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Emily Nerbonne

University of Arizona
Josh Weiss

University of Arkansas
Morgan Mzyk

University of Calfornia-Irvine
Jose Ocampo

University of Central Missouri
Ilyjah Lawson

University of Central Oklahoma
Melissa Long

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Rodrigue Daye

University of Colorado Denver
Zaira Mendoza

University of Connecticut
Bailey Crowe

University of Dayton
Daniel Magers

University of Delaware
Jeel Patel

University of Denver
Anna Schnelbach

University of Florida
Sofia Gomez

University of Georgia
Laura Walick

University of Guam
Tiera Santos

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Wrenna Delgado

University of Houston
Anmol Walia
Lucia Sanchez (transfer)

University of Houston-Clear Lake
Kimberly Amaya

University of Houston-Downtown
Shamika Jefferson
Sam Abdul (transfer)

University of Illinois at Chicago
Leopoldo Rodriguez

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Taryn Wallace
Israel Zuniga (transfer)

University of Iowa
Haley Graves

University of Kansas
Jordan Vitt

University of Kentucky
Emma Pressley

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Sadie Fontenot

University of Louisville
Elyse Portal

University of Maryland-College Park
Gelila Aderaye
Asma Faqeerzada (transfer)

University of Memphis
Tatyanna Gibbs

University of Miami
Alexa DeBartolo

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Anna Lopez

University of Michigan-Dearborn
Trina Narsey

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Sierra Schmuck

University of Mississippi
Bradley Magness

University of Missouri-Columbia
Mya Davis

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Cody Cook

University of Missouri-St Louis
Torin Samuelson

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Connor Fenton

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Katherine Ciesielski

University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Priscila Vasquez-Galicia

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Garrett Davison

University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Michelle Young

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Josue Lomeli-Garcia

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Braden Magee

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Jana Marroquin

University of North Dakota
McKayla Cruse

University of North Florida
Sarah Holcomb

University of North Texas
Mackenzie Compton

University of Northern Colorado
Jose Navarro

University of Northern Iowa
Emily Donaker

University of Notre Dame
Eduardo Alvarado

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
Caitlyn Driskill

University of Oregon
Regan Lantz

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Laurel Noe

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
Misael Natal

University of Rhode Island
Stephanie Vye

University of Richmond
Dakota Raines

University of San Diego
Jennabel Javier

University of Scranton
Marissa Angelo

University of South Alabama
Macario Kelley

University of South Carolina-Columbia
Abbey Hudson

University of South Dakota
Haley Duffield

University of South Florida
Uyen Nguyen
Tu Cao (transfer)

University of Southern California
Destini Hill
Sanam Khalili (transfer)

University of Southern Indiana
Parker Collignon

University of Southern Maine
John Forester

University of Southern Mississippi
Yolanda Linares

University of St Thomas
Emily Zipf

University of Toledo
Jack Mei

University of Vermont
Lucille George

University of Virginia-Main Campus
Meenakshi Chickery

University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Freesia Montalla

University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Stephany Escobar Lopez

University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
Dawood Niazi

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sungkyu Yang

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Samantha Andrews

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Sean Singh

University of Wyoming
Vabsi Ibarra

Utah State University
Quinn Johnson

Utah Valley University
Natasha Wagstaff

Villanova University
Franklin Peaker

Virginia Commonwealth University
Gabriella Segears

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Elizabeth Michalowicz

Wake Forest University
Melissa Navarro

Washington State University
Cory Mingo

Wayne State University
Saliou Mbengue

Weber State University
Jeffrey Felshaw

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Catherine Brittain

West Virginia University
Kira Burwell

Western Kentucky University
Emilee Marshall

Western Michigan University
Alexis Hess

Wichita State University
Milha Linenberger

Wright State University-Main Campus
Chase Denlinger



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