The Illinois CPA Society announced on Monday that they have awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 31 accounting students as part of the Society’s Accounting Scholarship Program funded by the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois. The scholarship recipients are from multiple institutions around the state and will receive assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year. Each student plans to pursue the CPA licensure and demonstrate a course of study that reflects this goal.

Supported solely by contributions to the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, the Society’s scholarship programs are helping students pursue a career in accounting with aid for tuition, textbooks, the CPA Exam and more. In addition to financial assistance, outreach programs, such as the Student Ambassador Program, make it possible for students to enhance their business skills and develop connections as they progress and transition into the profession.

“On behalf of the Illinois CPA Society, I’m proud to honor this impressive group of accounting students who are leaders on campus and in their communities,” said Todd Shapiro, president and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society, in a statement. “Their potential for success in the accounting profession has no limit. We are proud to be able to play a role in recognizing their achievements, and we are grateful to those donors who make this possible.”

The 2015-2016 academic year tuition and textbook scholarship recipients (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Nicole Ayres - Bartlett, IL (Northern Illinois University)
  • Elizabeth Balkan - Northbrook, IL  (University of Illinois)
  • Jennifer Bowley - Belvidere, IL (University of Illinois)
  • Kristen Cantieri - Cary, IL (University of Illinois)
  • Susan Chun - Chicago, IL (DePaul University)
  • Guadalupe Cotto - Chicago, IL (Roosevelt University)
  • Angela Dyson - Chicago, IL (DePaul University)
  • Jaclyn Eiselt - Pekin, IL (Bradley University)
  • Ashley Epping - Peoria, IL (Bradley University)
  • Jacqueline Fayne-Knox - Chicago, IL (Olivet Nazarene University)
  • Justin Fox - Somonauk, IL (Augustana College)
  • Nicholas Gaston - Washington, IL (Northern Illinois University)
  • Brandi Jackson - Granite City, IL  (Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville)
  • Kendall King - Monticello, IL (University of Illinois)
  • Brian McKeown - Bloomingdale, IL (University of Illinois)
  • Meghan Meyering - Palos Park, IL (University of Illinois)
  • Shirley Paredes - Chicago, IL (University of Illinois – Chicago)
  • Alexandra Paslieva - Franklin Park, IL (Loyola University)
  • Kambria Pavich  - Chicago, IL (DePaul University)
  • Kristen Rohrer - Petersburg, IL (Eastern Illinois University)
  • Montserrat Sanchez-Garcia - Grayslake, IL (Illinois State University)
  • Kimberly Schrepfer - LaGrange, IL (University of Illinois)
  • Elizabeth Schwindenhammer - Peoria, IL (Eastern Illinois University)
  • Gabrielle Skor - Barrington, IL (DePaul University)
  • Karina Stoicheva - Schiller Park, IL (Dominican University)
  • Jolanta Strama - Burbank, IL (DePaul University)
  • Deon Taylor - Chicago, IL (Southern Illinois University)
  • Mayra Tirado - Des Plaines, IL (DePaul University)
  • Brittany Troline - Macomb, IL (Western Illinois University)
  • Wladyslaw Tylka - Norridge, IL (DePaul University)
  • Jessica Winkler -Aviston, IL (Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville)

For more information about the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, head to the Society's site here.