The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) announced today the 72 recipients of their 2016-2017 Academic Year PCAOB Scholarship - $10,000 merit scholarships used to encourage undergrad and graduate students to pursue careers in audit.

The scholarship program, created by Congress via the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, marks PCAOB's sixth year of granting scholarships. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act uses monetary penalties imposed by the PCAOB in disciplinary proceedings to be used to fund merit scholarships for students in accredited accounting degree programs.

"Over the years, the academic achievements of more than 400 students have been recognized through this program," said PCAOB chairman James Doty, in a statement. "We hope this recognition inspires future accountants to become leaders in audit for the benefit of investors."

Each participating school nominates a scholarship recipient from their pool of accounting students. To qualify, students must be enrolled in a bachelor's or master's accounting program; demonstrate interest and ability in accounting and auditing; and demonstrate high ethical standards.

The following are the 2016-2017 Academic Year PCAOB Scholarship recipients, in alphabetical order of their schools. Students had the option to be named alongside their school:

  • Arizona State University - Justin Longoria
  • Auburn University - Zachary Blomeley
  • Baker University - Andrew Dare
  • Bentley University - Matthew Taggart
  • Brigham Young University (Utah)             
  • Bryant University            
  • Central Connecticut State University - Olivia McDonald
  • College of Westchester - Tommy Bryson
  • DePaul University - Grzegorz Kras
  • DeVry University - Di Wu
  • Duquesne University - Rebecca Andrus
  • Florida Atlantic University - Matthieu Burtez
  • Florida State University - Connor Dawkins
  • George Mason University - Iliana Montoya
  • George Washington University - Rachel Bronstein
  • Georgia College and State University - Larrentis Thomas
  • Georgia State University - Ulugmurod Yarkulov
  • Globe University             
  • Hawaii Pacific University - Tyler Van Stone
  • Hofstra University - Krystle Kozakevitch
  • Illinois State University - Francisco Vega
  • Indiana University - Omoyemi Akinribade
  • Indiana Wesleyan University - Noah Johnson
  • Jackson State University - James Griffin
  • Johnson & Wales - Matthew McRee
  • Liberty University - Sarah Dunn
  • Loyola University Chicago - Anna Fuchs
  • National University - Debbie Park
  • North Georgia State University and College - Stephan Morgan
  • Northern Illinois University - Robert DeMyers IV
  • Pace University - Marissa Masi
  • Park University - Jeremy Barnes
  • Penn State - Audrey Bencel
  • Purdue University - Samantha Dauby
  • Rider University - Drew Pinkston
  • Rutgers University - Adnan Munir
  • San Diego State University - Alexandra Cohen
  • Southern Methodist University - Megan Shell
  • St. John's University - Megan Huckemeyer
  • State University of New York at Albany - Rynelly Perez
  • State University of New York at Binghamton - Nathan Oliver
  • State University of New York at Buffalo - Alan Spoth
  • Suffolk University - Thomas Gaudet
  • Texas A&M - Julia Martin
  • Texas Tech University - Paul Feyisetan
  • Tulane University - Michael Kreisman
  • Universidad Metropolitana - Yaritza Gonzalez
  • University of Alabama - Lawrence Johnson
  • University of Central Florida - Andrew Davids
  • University of Denver     
  • University of Florida - Kara Conley
  • University of Georgia - Daniel Ray
  • University of Houston - Marissa McKnight
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake - Max McCasland
  • University of Illinois at Chicago - Elizabeth Gallagher
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Kyle Germain
  • University of Montana - Lindsey Trent
  • University of New Orleans - Steven Casey
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill - Rickell Reid
  • University of North Carolina-Charlotte - Wesley Sweigart
  • University of Notre Dame - Eric Thompson
  • University of Oregon - Bianca Brouillard
  • University of Phoenix - Sandra Traub
  • University of Southern California - Gina Laret
  • University of Texas at Austin - Nancy Nguyen
  • University of Texas at Dallas - Lesley Capehart
  • University of Texas at San Antonio          
  • University of Utah - Matthew Maughan
  • University of Virginia     
  • University of Washington-Seattle - Victoria Burns
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - Kyle Aaby
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania - Dylan Marberger

For more on PCAOB and their scholarship program, head to their site here.