The American Institute of CPAs announced the 84 accounting students that were awarded the AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students. Hailing from around the country, the 2012-13 academic year recipients were selected for their academic and leadership capabilities.
The original 286 eligible applicants were both undergraduate and graduate-level accounting students that maintained a minimum 3.3 grade point average and planned on pursuing a CPA license.
“To me, the value of the AICPA’s minority scholarship doesn’t lie solely in meeting a student’s financial needs, but in the many intangibles which outshine any other scholarship I’ve received,” said one recipient, Ronald Dukes, from Villanova University, in a statement. “This scholarship has provided me with inspiration and passion to impact a positive change in the accounting profession and to set an example for my peers to follow.”
The state of Texas boasted the most minority scholarship recipients with 10, while Florida had seven, and New York and North Carolina both had six.
Designated awards were given to the following students:
Stuart Kessler Scholarship Recipient
Nicholas Denice, Roger Williams University
Chris Arthur, Rutgers University
Sarah Connell, University of Pittsburgh
Robert Half International
Ronald Dukes, Villanova University
Stephanie Aranda, Southern Methodist University
Julio Benavides, Trinity University
Adlith Castillo, University of Houston
Raheem Farishta, Texas A&M University
Melissa Hernandez, University of Houston
Kevin Kibaara, Texas Southern University
Andrew Quintana, University of Texas at Austin
Shahzad Ramzan, University of Texas at Dallas
Mohammad Raza, University of Texas at Dallas
The complete list of 2012-13 AICPA Minority Scholarship winners is available at aicpa.org/minorityscholarship.
The application deadline for 2013-14 is April 1, 2013.