The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board announced the schools of the 102 academic recipients of $10,000 merit scholarships intended to encourage students to pursue an auditing career.

The scholarship program, mandated by Congress in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, is now in its fourth year.

"We are proud of the role this scholarship program plays in recognizing student achievement," stated PCAOB Chairman James R. Doty. "We hope to inspire students to become future thought leaders in auditing for the benefit of investors."

Participating educational institutions nominate a scholarship recipient who, to qualify, must: be enrolled in a bachelor or master degree program in accounting, demonstrate aptitude in accounting and auditing, demonstrate high ethical standards, and not be a PCAOB employee or child or spouse of one.

The program is merit-based, with educational institutions encouraged to give consideration to students from populations historically underrepresented in the college profession.

The 2014-2015 academic year scholarship recipient academic institutions are:

1. Arizona State University

2. Auburn University

3. Bentley University

4. Binghamton University, State University of New York

5. Boston College

6. Bowling Green State University

7. Brigham Young University-Hawaii

8. Calvin College

9. Cleveland State University

10. College of William and Mary

11. Columbus State University

12. DePaul University

13. DeVry Institute of Technology, New York

14. East Carolina University

15. Eastern Kentucky University

16. Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Campus

17. Florida Atlantic University

18. Florida International University

19. Florida State University

20. Georgia State University

21. Governors State University

22. Grand Valley State University

23. Illinois State University

24. Indiana University Bloomington

25. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

26. Indiana Wesleyan University

27. James Madison University

28. Kaplan University

29. Keiser University

30. Kennesaw State University

31. Liberty University

32. Marist College

33. Marymount Manhattan College

34. Michigan State University

35. Mississippi University for Women

36. Molloy College

37. Northeastern University

38. Northwestern University

39. Nova Southeastern University

40. Ohio State University

41. Oklahoma State University

42. Pace University

43. Queens College, City University of New York

44. Rider University

45. Roger Williams University

46. Roosevelt University

47. Rutgers University, Newark

48. San Diego State University

49. Southern Methodist University

50. Southern New Hampshire University

51. St. John's University

52. Strayer University

53. Suffolk University

54. Temple University

55. Texas A&M University

56. Texas Christian University

57. Texas State University-San Marcos

58. Texas Tech University

59. Tulane University

60. University of Alabama

61. University of Alabama at Birmingham

62. University at Albany, State University of New York

63. University of Arizona

64. University of Central Florida

65. University of Dallas

66. University of Dayton

67. University of Denver

68. University of Great Falls

69. University of Houston

70. University of Houston-Clear Lake

71. University of Kansas

72. University of Mary

73. University of Massachusetts Amherst

74. University of Massachusetts Boston

75. University of Miami

76. University of Michigan

77. University of Mississippi

78. University of Missouri-Columbia

79. University of Missouri-Kansas City

80. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

81. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

82. University of North Carolina at Charlotte

83. University of North Carolina at Wilmington

84. University of North Florida

85. University of Northern Iowa

86. University of Pennsylvania

87. University of Phoenix

88. University of South Carolina Columbia

89. University of South Florida

90. University of Southern California

91. University of Tennessee, Knoxville

92. University of Texas at Arlington

93. University of Texas at Austin

94. University of Utah

95. University of Washington

96. University of Wisconsin-Madison

97. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

98. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

99. Wake Forest University

100. West Texas A&M University

101. Wichita State University

102. Xavier University