On Monday, the AICPA announced the five recipients of the 2014-15 John L. Carey Scholarship. The one-year, $5,000 scholarship is awarded to students from liberal arts and other non-business backgrounds who are currently pursuing graduate accounting degrees.

The winners are:

  • Eric Herrera (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
  • Philip Marx (Northeastern University)
  • Ted Nashland (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Christine Scherder (The College of William & Mary)
  • Marija Zagarins (University of Vermont)

The funding is provided by a contribution to the AICPA Foundation in honor of John L. Carey, who retired from the AICPA in 1969 after a 40-year career with the Institute, where he served as administrative vice president, executive director, and editor/publisher of the Journal of Accountancy. Carey was known to encourage students from all backgrounds to become CPAs throughout his career, both as a CPA and as a professor at universities in Georgia and Illinois.

“CPAs play a critical role in the economy across a broad spectrum of business functions,” said AICPA foundation president and former AICPA chairman Randy Fletchall, in a statement. “These deserving students will be well served throughout their careers by the different perspective they gained through their undergraduate education.”

Recipients were chosen based on academic achievement, leadership and commitment to pursuing a CPA license, as well as being full-time graduate level students for the upcoming academic year. The Scholarship recipients will also become part of the AICPA Legacy Scholars program.

For more information on the Carey Scholarship, including the application for the 2015-2016 program (deadline: April 1, 2015), visit the AICPA's site here.

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