10 Students to Watch in the Accounting Profession

Accountemps has partnered with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to provide $2,500 scholarships to outstanding students pursuing a degree in an accounting-related major. From nearly 1,200 applicants, 10 honorees were recently selected based on academic achievement, leadership activities and a commitment to becoming a licensed CPA professional.

The higher demand and lower unemployment rate for many accounting positions today mean greater opportunities for those entering the profession. We asked our 2014-2015 AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship recipients about why they chose an accounting career path and their plans after graduation. Here’s what they said:

  • Matthew Adams, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire: “I took an accounting class during my sophomore year in high school and had an excellent teacher. I thought that accounting would give me many opportunities to have a successful and fulfilling career.”
  • Tanyeka Alexander, University of Baltimore: I plan to study and sit for the CPA exam after graduation. Eventually, I would like to pursue a master’s degree in taxation.”
  • Guadalupe Cotto, Roosevelt University: “My career research showed that accountants are needed in all industries. The growing need for those who specialize in fraud detection intrigued me. I chose accounting because I want to help businesses conduct their financial reporting ethically and accurately.”
  • Jenna Durnell, Southwest Baptist University: “I plan to take the CPA exam and work in public accounting. I hope to ultimately work my way up to becoming a CFO of a corporation or a partner in an accounting firm.”
  • Zachary Haveman, University of Denver: “After I receive my master’s degree in taxation, I hope to start my career at a public accounting firm where I will have the opportunity to work with various industries, businesses and individuals.”
  • Jessica Huang, Santa Clara University: I chose accounting because it gives me unique exposure to the entire business. By studying accounting, I can truly understand how every area of a business ties together and how a company is affected by business decisions.”
  • Anthony Jakubowski, The University of Akron: “I would like to gain a few years of experience working for a Big 4 firm, and then possibly pursue a Ph.D. so I can teach accounting courses at a local university.”
  • Jacob Persky, University of Kentucky: “I have accepted a full-time position in the tax division of Ernst & Young where I plan to build my career as a tax accountant. I also hope to serve on a non-profit board and give back to the community.”
  • Brooke Stout, Boise State University: “Accounting really chose me. My mom went back to school to get a degree in accounting when I was in the third grade, and I have been interested in pursuing it ever since then.”
  • Eric Troff, University of Utah: “My first accounting professor recognized I had a talent for accounting. She would always tell me in class that I should consider majoring in accounting. At first I dismissed the idea, but by the end of the semester, I knew accounting was for me.”

Congratulations to this year’s accounting scholarship recipients! We wish them all the best in their accounting career pursuits and look forward to their future contributions to the profession.

The application deadline for the 2015-2016 AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship program is April 1, 2015. For more information about this and other scholarship programs offered to accounting students, visit www.aicpa.org/scholarships.



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