Internal Auditor Magazine announced this week that Angela Obolsky, a master’s degree-candidate from Texas A&M University, is the most recent winner of the publication's ongoing essay contest.

Obolsky’s essay, “Work Smarter, Not Harder: How Internal Auditors Can Capitalize on Data Analytics for Greater Efficiency,” was the third of six $1,000 scholarship winners in the year-long contest. Open to undergraduate and graduate students around the world, the contest seeks out creative and informative essays covering internal audit subjects.

Each essay is judged as a blind submission, with winners chosen by a panel of six internal audit professionals. Along with seeing their essays published on, the winner and four finalists, receive a one-year student membership to The IIA.

“The submissions for this month’s essay reflect both the growing appeal of data analytics in the profession and the diversity of our readers,” stated Anne Millage, Internal Auditor editor in chief. “Three of the four honorable-mention essays came from students in Africa and Europe.”

The four other finalists in the first essay contest are:

  • Abdhallah Mambo Dallu, KCA University, Kenya
  • Jacob Jaggi, University of Arizona
  • Landon Poe, University of Cambridge, England
  • Irene Rethemiotaki, Technical University of Crete

Submissions for the next scholarship essay, "What is the Internet of Things, and what are the risks/opportunities it presents to organizations," ends Sept. 30.
For more information on the scholarship program and essay topics, head to the magazine's site here.