The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) announced this week that Hunter Martin, a master’s student from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., is the inaugural winner of a $1,000 scholarship from Internal Auditor Magazine for his winning essay.

Martin’s essay, “IPPF Update Clears the Smudges on the Window Looking into the World of Internal Auditing,” won over approximately 40 entries to win the first of six $1,000 scholarships in the magazine’s year-long contest.

The essay contest is open to undergrad and graduate students alike who wish to write the best essays on issues impacting the field of internal audit.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the response to the first contest and are eagerly awaiting submissions for the second,” said Anne Millage, Internal Auditor editor in chief, in a statement. “Hunter Martin’s essay sets a high bar for future winners, and we are excited about publishing his essay online.”

Winners are selected by a panel of six internal audit professionals from the IIA Publications Advisory Committee, Academic Relations Committee, and Committee of Research and Academic Advisors. The winners will have their essays published on, and receive a one-year student membership to The IIA along with four additional finalists.

The four other finalists in this year's first essay contest are:

         ·  Caitlin Inman, Union University 

         ·  Joshua Sander, Union University 

         ·  Angela Obolsky, Arizona State University 

         ·  Hannah Conway, Union University 

The submission period for the next scholarship essay question, “What are the most important soft skills internal auditors need to develop to be successful in today's business environment and why,” is open until May 31.

For more information on the scholarship program, including essay topics, submission periods, application forms, and more, head to Internal Auditor's site here. (Completed scholarship application forms and essays should be directed to