The National Association of Black Accountants said at its 36th annual convention that it is distributing $201,000 in scholarships to 60 college students nationwide, a threefold increase in fundraising compared to a year ago.The group also said Ernst & Young would donate $200,000 in scholarship money over the next four years to support students interested in pursuing careers in professional services.

NABA handed out a number of awards at the convention, including a corporate diversity award to Prudential Financial and an international achievement award to Futhi T. Mtoba, chairman of Deloitte South Africa.

The national achievement award for industry accounting went to Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, chief tax officer at Wal-Mart. On the public accounting side, the national achievement winner was Gregory Collins, director of the entertainment practice group at Spielman Koenigsberg & Parker in New York.

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