PCAOB Announces 72 Scholarships for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

WASHINGTON, Jul. 21, 2016

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

InstitutionStudent *
Arizona State UniversityJustin Longoria
Auburn UniversityZachary Blomeley
Baker UniversityAndrew Dare
Bentley UniversityMatthew Taggart
Brigham Young University (Utah) 
Bryant University 
Central Connecticut State UniversityOlivia McDonald
College of WestchesterTommy Bryson
DePaul UniversityGrzegorz Kras
DeVry UniversityDi Wu
Duquesne UniversityRebecca Andrus
Florida Atlantic UniversityMatthieu Burtez
Florida State UniversityConnor Dawkins
George Mason UniversityIliana Montoya
George Washington UniversityRachel Bronstein
Georgia College and State UniversityLarrentis Thomas
Georgia State UniversityUlugmurod Yarkulov
Globe University 
Hawaii Pacific UniversityTyler Van Stone
Hofstra UniversityKrystle Kozakevitch
Illinois State UniversityFrancisco Vega
Indiana UniversityOmoyemi Akinribade
Indiana Wesleyan UniversityNoah Johnson
Jackson State UniversityJames Griffin
Johnson & WalesMatthew McRee
Liberty UniversitySarah Dunn
Loyola University ChicagoAnna Fuchs
National UniversityDebbie Park
North Georgia State University and CollegeStephan Morgan
Northern Illinois UniversityRobert DeMyers IV
Pace UniversityMarissa Masi
Park UniversityJeremy Barnes
Penn StateAudrey Bencel
Purdue UniversitySamantha Dauby
Rider UniversityDrew Pinkston
Rutgers UniversityAdnan Munir
San Diego State UniversityAlexandra Cohen
Southern Methodist UniversityMegan Shell
St. John's UniversityMegan Huckemeyer
State University of New York at Albany Rynelly Perez
State University of New York at BinghamtonNathan Oliver
State University of New York at BuffaloAlan Spoth
Suffolk UniversityThomas Gaudet
Texas A&MJulia Martin
Texas Tech UniversityPaul Feyisetan
Tulane UniversityMichael Kreisman
Universidad MetropolitanaYaritza Gonzalez
University of AlabamaLawrence Johnson
University of Central FloridaAndrew Davids
University of Denver 
University of FloridaKara Conley
University of GeorgiaDaniel Ray
University of HoustonMarissa McKnight
University of Houston-Clear LakeMax McCasland
University of Illinois at ChicagoElizabeth Gallagher
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignKyle Germain
University of MontanaLindsey Trent
University of New OrleansSteven Casey
University of North Carolina-Chapel HillRickell Reid
University of North Carolina-CharlotteWesley Sweigart
University of Notre DameEric Thompson
University of OregonBianca Brouillard
University of PhoenixSandra Traub
University of Southern CaliforniaGina Laret
University of Texas at AustinNancy Nguyen
University of Texas at DallasLesley Capehart
University of Texas at San Antonio 
University of UtahMatthew Maughan
University of Virginia 
University of Washington-SeattleVictoria Burns
University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterKyle Aaby
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaDylan Marberger

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