369 Students Named PCAOB Scholars for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

This year’s group of PCAOB Scholars is the largest in the program’s history

Washington, DC, Jul. 27, 2023

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) today announced that 369 students from U.S. colleges and universities have been selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year, the largest number of recipients in the program’s history.

“Congratulations to all those named PCAOB Scholars this year,” said PCAOB Chair Erica Y. Williams. “Having talented and diverse people enter accounting and auditing is key to the future of investor protection, and we are proud that our PCAOB Scholars Program helps outstanding individuals, such as this group of students, along this career path.”

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 provides that funds from the collection of PCAOB monetary penalties must be used to fund a merit scholarship program for students in accredited accounting degree programs. Recipients are nominated by their respective institution. Institutions participate in the scholarship program based on their accreditation and the number of students they graduate with accounting degrees each year. 

Since the program’s inception in 2011, the PCAOB has awarded $22.42 million in scholarships to 2,242 recipients. This year’s group of 369 PCAOB Scholars is the largest number of recipients in the program’s history, an increase driven largely by the PCAOB’s expansion of the number of institutions eligible to participate in the program. The PCAOB also made permanent and expanded its initiative to provide scholarship funds for community college transfer students.

The Scholars Program’s overarching goals are to (1) benefit outstanding students who are likely to become auditors and (2) make a difference to eligible students who might otherwise pursue a different career path. Students are identified and nominated by their institutions. 

The PCAOB encourages participating colleges and universities to give special consideration to students from populations that have been historically underrepresented in the accounting profession. For more on the growing diversity and changing demographics of the PCAOB Scholars Program, please see the accompanying fact sheet

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.

2023-2024 Academic Year PCAOB Scholars

Abilene Christian University
Gabriele Cervantes

Adelphi University
Alma Monreal Munoz

American University
Jacob Simkovic

Appalachian State University
Jaime Ziegenfuss Whitehead

Arizona State University 
Brenden Marshall
Luke Jemison (transfer)

Arkansas State University
Christian Russell

Auburn University
Madeline Cimino
Jody Stapler (transfer)

Auburn University at Montgomery
Lauren Corbett

Ball State University
Chloe Whaley

Baylor University
Presley Day
Daniela Cangas (transfer)

Belmont University
Addison Smith

Bentley University
Joseph Szela
Yen Bui (transfer)

Binghamton University
Tyler Greene
Yue Li (transfer)

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Iyanna Williams

Boise State University
Nicholas Lloyd

Boston College
Brototi Nandi

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Payton Rodriguez

Bradley University
Mallory Meinke

Brigham Young University
Isaac Gonzales
McKay Ballstaedt (transfer)

Bryant University
Matthew Lewitzky

California State University-Fullerton
Mitchell Schumacher

California State University-Northridge
Sarandeep Singh

Canisius College
Ethan Grover

Case Western Reserve University
Amy Diakhoumpa

Central Connecticut State University
Humza Miyan
Kiatying Chanthaphone (transfer)

Central Michigan University
Carrigan Craven

Central Washington University
Rachel Nygren

Chapman University
Alexis Yankopoulos

Clemson University
Madison Monroe

Cleveland State University
Rishiram Singh

Creighton University
Cooper Bushey

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
Yiyang Sun
Kaiyin Tan (transfer)

CUNY Brooklyn College
Danny Santacruz
Joseph Viviano (transfer)

DePaul University
Kathryn Ryman
Abigail Adjei (transfer)

Drake University
Matthew Williams

Drexel University
Alexandre Damiba
Ngan Do (transfer)

East Carolina University
Sarah Stewart

Eastern Illinois University
Ryan Escudero

Eastern Michigan University
Alyssa Pendergrass

Elon University
Ariston Tomes

Emory University
Matthew Piotrowski

Fairfield University
Sebastian Michel

Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus
Ruth Eustache

Florida Atlantic University
Nicolas Smoak

Florida Gulf Coast University
Johana Brito-Mieses

Florida Southern College
Galilea Delgado

Florida State University
Mia Tellechea-Choi
Shidong Wang (transfer)

Fordham University
Parker Ricciardi

George Mason University
Mark Hallo
Nelson Lemus-Garay (transfer)

George Washington University
Garrett Knechtel

Georgetown University
Nicole Needham

Georgia Southern University
Frank Velazquez-Garcia

Georgia Southwestern State University
Rickesha Poole

Gonzaga University
Griffin Reittinger

Grand Valley State University
Andrew Schilling
Kristy Howard (transfer)

Hofstra University
Helen Amador


Howard University
Makiyah Eley


Idaho State University
Emily Rauch

Illinois State University
Gisselle Meza
Alison Ogunmokun (transfer)

Indiana University-Bloomington
Leon Good

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Bonnie Lin Xu

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Crystal Yang

Iona College
Kristin Furlong

Iowa State University
Amanda Richman
Chloe Davidson (transfer)

Ithaca College
Angelica Otero

Jackson State University
Caleb Crutcher

James Madison University
Alyssa Tomlin

John Carroll University
Hannah Pelesky

Kansas State University
Garrett Whoolery

Kennesaw State University
Jocelynn Galvan
Christopher Rodriguez (transfer)

Kent State University at Kent
Phillip Grant

King's College
Mackenzie Casey

La Salle University
Eva Bumsted

Le Moyne College
Kali Lidell

Lehigh University
Christopher Marina

Louisiana State University 
Luke Paille

Louisiana Tech University
Tanecia Boone

Loyola University Chicago
Amani Pittman

Loyola University of Maryland
Matthew Moore

Marist College
Jessica Ho

Marquette University
Maria Jaramillo

Marshall University
Lauren Sweeney

McNeese State University
Iseoluwa Babarinde

Mercer University
Adrian Butts

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Nakai Freeland
John Nguyen (transfer)

Miami University-Oxford
Ava Nagy

Michigan State University
Prisca Mbuyu
Steven Le (transfer)

Middle Tennessee State University
Carlos Garfias Medina

Minnesota State University Moorhead
Christian Johnson

Mississippi State University
Kelsei Harris

Missouri State University-Springfield
Gerald Schiele IV

Montclair State University
Nilay Tuncel

Morgan State University
Latavia Bails

New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Evan Stafford

New York University
Lance James

Niagara University
Hayley Berner

Nicholls State University
Tamiyah Gross

North Carolina A & T State University
Martiara Byd

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Jennifer Lozano Rodriguez
Josiah Coyer (transfer)

Northeastern Illinois University
Kimberly Carrasco

Northeastern University
Deborah Hoxha

Northern Illinois University
Ava Siano
Haris Vukovic (transfer)

Oakland University
Tamia Timmons

Ohio State University-Main Campus
Savannah Pauley


Ohio University-Main Campus Sarah Sawyer

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Sabina Correa
Jennifer Smith (transfer)

Old Dominion University
Bao Huynh

Oregon State University
Johnny Li

Pace University
Zackary Fridlin

Portland State University
Dana Li
Tasneem Anjary (transfer)

Providence College
Mary Dolan

Purdue University-Main Campus
Emily Robinson
Lilly Genis (transfer)

Quinnipiac University
Fabiola Benitez-Martinez

Ramapo College of New Jersey
Jamie Kim

Rider University
Brandon Rodriguez

Robert Morris University
Lauren Dugan

Rochester Institute of Technology
Cassidy Wall

Rowan University
Rachel Hanan
Kelly Donahue (transfer)

Rutgers University-Camden
Calvin O'Connell

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Regina Cheung
Mitchell Morehouse (transfer)

Rutgers University-Newark
Maria Guillen
Giuliana Dos Santos (transfer)

Saginaw Valley State University
Aaron Swanson

Saint Joseph's University
Rose Tomaszewski

Saint Louis University
Ashley Turpin

Salisbury University
Aaron Cave

Sam Houston State University
Christian Berry
Jose Ulloa Jarquin (transfer)

Samford University
Samuel Lawrence

San Diego State University
Anri Inoue

Santa Clara University
Tammy Ngo

Seattle University
Shaydan Lovediro

Seton Hall University
Abigail Giordano

Siena College
Rebecca Fankhanel

Southeast Missouri State University
McKenzie Orange

Southeastern Louisiana University
Jonatan Chavez

Southern Illinois University- Carbondale
Elijah James


Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Ny'La Hill

Southern Utah University
Katelyn Church

St. John's University-New York
Christina Zouvelos

State University of New York at New Paltz
Helly Shah

Stephen F Austin State University
Sera Do

Stetson University
Stephen Bratcher

Suffolk University
Boston Emmanuel


SUNY at Albany
Zaylan George
Dominique Castelluccio (transfer)

SUNY College at Geneseo
Alexis Kruzicki

SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Samantha Jardine

Syracuse University
Adam Wertheimi

Temple University
Asmaul Husna
Ying Gao (transfer)

Tennessee Technological University
Jessica Judd

Texas A & M University-College Station
Matthew Ferguson
Donald Storey (transfer)

Texas A & M University-Commerce
Alejandro Garcia

Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
Amber Wood

Texas Christian University
Chandler Quave

Texas Southern University
Tasha Etheridge

Texas State University
Francisco Perez
Kymanie Mundell (transfer)

Texas Tech University
Brant Bolton
Deborah Vitela (transfer)

The Pennsylvania State University
Jessica Ledesma

The University of Alabama
Megan Reiter
Joshua Owens (transfer)

The University of Montana
Scott Cadotte

The University of Tampa
Shea O'Rourke

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Amal Abazid

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
James Hatcher

The University of Texas at Arlington
Alyssa Fuller
Farah Alyasiri (transfer)

The University of Texas at Austin
Mingqi Ye

The University of Texas at Dallas
Laykyn Hughes
Katherine Garcia (transfer)

The University of Texas at El Paso
Alejandra Prieto Moreno
Jaquelin Gutierrez (transfer)

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Carlos Castro

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Christine Deanda
Jasmine Hernandez (transfer)

The University of West Florida
Hailey Ard

Towson University
Margaret Boley
Aaron Schneider (transfer)

Trinity University
Mylinh Du

Troy University
Megan Sadler

Truman State University
McKena McClellan

Tulane University of Louisiana
Shaney Sharon

Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Gurabo Campus
Shelmarie Rodriguez

University at Buffalo
Mitch Ryczek
Simei Huang (transfer)

University of Akron Main Campus
Laura Tucker

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dalia Nolasco Ortega

University of Alabama in Huntsville
Mauricio Chacon Vaca

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alyssa Appel

University of Arizona
Austin Endres
Cesar Wrenn (transfer)

University of Arkansas
Blake Sorensen
Jennifer Cano (transfer)

University of California-Davis
Diana Tran

University of Central Arkansas
Rayya Smyth

University of Central Florida
Kellie Chen
Edgar Mercedes Sanchez (transfer)

University of Central Missouri
Makenzie Johnson

University of Central Oklahoma
Jose Esparza

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Matthew Fields
Grace Zakrajsek (transfer)

University of Colorado Boulder
Benjamin Van Diest

University of Colorado Denver
Gerardo Velazquez-Ramos

University of Connecticut
Dee Webster
Sze Yam Lee (transfer)

University of Dayton
Maria Due

University of Delaware
Sarah Boekholder

University of Denver
Michael Gumataotao

University of Florida
Jake Bruce

University of Georgia
Sungbin Yoon
Marcus Ellis (transfer)

University of Guam
Dona Marie Silang

University of Hartford
Janealle Miller

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Eugene He

University of Houston
Nekha George
Damaris Maldonado (transfer)

University of Houston-Clear Lake
Monserrat Arreola

University of Houston-Downtown
Kimberly Oliver
Marcos Guardado (transfer)

University of Illinois Chicago
Quinn Williams

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Angela Hernandez
Paul Ufir (transfer)

University of Iowa
Erica Rasmussen
Jeremiah Willhite (transfer)

University of Kansas
Nia Jackson
Thu Royall (transfer)

University of Kentucky
Jessica Elson
Nathaniel Stroud (transfer)

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Alyssa Childress

University of Louisville
Sheronda Shorter

University of Maryland-College Park
Yueyu Wong
Blossom Vasco (transfer)

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Kasey Bull
Van Anh Hoang (transfer)

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Capri McLucas

University of Memphis
Brooke Watson
Tyra Haston (transfer)

University of Miami
Gabriella Varela

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Maegan DeSmet

University of Michigan-Dearborn
Emilee Baker

University of Michigan-Flint
Courtney Nix

University of Minnesota-Duluth
Madelyn Granica

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Eric Wu
Noah Cagle (transfer)

University of Mississippi
Samuel Rickles
Ainsley Farrar (transfer)

University of Missouri-Columbia
Tobias Davis
Ophelia Pugh-Towe (transfer)

University of Missouri-Kansas City
India Collins

University of Missouri-St Louis
DeNae Howard

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Hailee Camacho

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Serena Lammers
Kohltyn Majer (transfer)

University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Micaela Carrillo
Andrea Hernandez (transfer) 

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Reagan Calcari

University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Shay Gaffney

University of New Orleans
Melanie Redmond

University of North Alabama
Parker Peden

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Caspian Spruill

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Jim Dick
Hannah Brammer (transfer)

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Lauren Perdue

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Hannah Mitchell

University of North Dakota
Haylie Kinneberg

University of North Florida
Angel Mendoza Martinez

University of North Georgia
Erin Whatley

University of North Texas
Bethany Bresnahan
Oswaldo Flores (transfer)

University of Northern Iowa
Andrew Straube

University of Notre Dame
Kayla Gonzalez

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
Kurtas Edmonds
Ella Little (transfer)

University of Oregon
Jordan Brewer

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Sydney Hawk
Bhakti Patel (transfer)

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
Agnes Camacho

University of Rhode Island
Lauren Brown

University of Richmond
Mofiyinfoluwa Tunji-Ekundayo

University of San Diego
Owen O'Brien

University of San Francisco
Juntao Yang

University of Scranton
Jessenia Robles

University of South Alabama
Jacob Kurmann

University of South Carolina-Columbia
Kaytlin Shaver
Sydney Welton (transfer)

University of South Dakota
Abigail Boysen

University of South Florida
Luis Villanueva-Mustafa
Rebecca Laureano (transfer)

University of Southern California
Brandon Ortiz Altamirano
Thamir Kazwini (transfer)

University of Southern Indiana
Jacob Britt

University of Southern Maine
Yantong Cao

University of Southern Mississippi
TeKatelyn McGill

University of St Thomas (MN)
Krystanah Lou Lumantas

University of Toledo
Molly Bennett

University of Tulsa
Lacy White

University of Utah
Christian Hernandez-Perez
Juliann Barr (transfer)

University of Vermont
Mary Feeney


University of Virginia-Main Campus
Kevina Johnson

University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Annie Nguyen

University of Washington-Seattle Campus
McKinley Chamberlain
Vitalii Lupyr (transfer)


University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
Michelle Fordham

University of West Georgia
Victoria Hemrock

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Kathleen Kirsch

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jason Sekler
Andrew Heinz (transfer)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Andrew Fischer (transfer)

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Payton Johnson

University of Wyoming
Paige Morris

Utah State University
Kaitlyn Hogge

Utah Valley University
Karley Carron-Campbell

Valdosta State University
Madison Canty

Vanderbilt University
Ashley Pope

Villanova University
Jessica Chong

Virginia Commonwealth University
Lesley Davis

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Elizabeth Eachus
Ledya Keflu (transfer)

Wake Forest University
Cyril Sheptak

Washington and Lee University
Joshua Caraballo

Washington State University
Elijah Shawen
Amber Hillegas (transfer)

Wayne State University
Johnathan Zalewski

Weber State University
Susanah Kunzler

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Maria Houseman
Evan Peetros (transfer)

West Virginia University
Sarah Smith

Western Connecticut State University
Malik Cole

Western Kentucky University
Alyssa Gorman

Western Michigan University
Josephine Thomas

Wichita State University
Mackenzie Thomas

William & Mary
Jacob Minnick

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Jake Forestiere

Winona State University
Ericka Austad

Wright State University-Main Campus
Mackenzie Cron

Xavier University
Daniel Nadolski

Yeshiva University
Jacob Schochet

Youngstown State University
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