VSCPA awards $ 59,000 in college scholarships in accounting


The Virginia Society of CPAs Educational Foundation has announced its college scholarship recipients for the 2021-2022 academic year.

A 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, the Educational Foundation seeks to promote “business and accounting education, rewarding academic excellence and encouraging students to pursue promising careers as [CPAs]. “

The Foundation has awarded $ 59,250 in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral scholarships throughout this year to 26 accounting students across Virginia. The Foundation also awarded a VSCPA Minority Scholarship this year, bringing the total number of scholarships awarded to four.

Virginia Tech student Elizabeth Michalowicz also received the first Samuel A. Derieux, CPA Memorial Fellowship this year. Derieux, who passed away on March 8, 2020, was a retired Richmond-based CPA who was a former president and long-time member of the VSCPA, as well as the only CPA to be both president and president of the AICPA.

Applicants for a Foundation scholarship must be currently enrolled in or have been accepted into an accounting program at a college or university in Virginia. Other selection criteria for the awards include overall academic performance, entrance essay, faculty recommendations, and community and / or extracurricular activities.

The 2021-2022 scholarship recipients are:

Past President / VSCPA President Scholarship ($ 2,000)

  • Jamie Underwood – Virginia Tech

VSCPA Minority Scholarship ($ 1,500-2,000)

  • Jonathan Balan – George Mason University
  • Jelani Herard – George Mason University
  • Carissa Malone – Virginia Tech
  • Melanie Osorio – University of Virginia

VSCPA Undergraduate Scholarship ($ 1,500)

  • Virginia Anderson – Christopher Newport University
  • John Buckwalter – Virginia Tech
  • Allison Gray – Virginia Tech
  • Sarah Philips – Virginia Tech

CST group scholarship ($ 3,000)

  • Divya Kumaran – University of Virginia

DHG scholarship ($ 2,500 each)

  • Tyler Spiers from Stony Creek, Virginia Tech
  • Kelsey Watlington of Glen Allen, Virginia Commonwealth University

H. Burton Bates Jr. Scholarship ($ 2,250)

  • Tristan Savage of Herndon, College of William & Mary

Kearney & Company scholarship ($ 2,500 each)

  • Mariam Farzayee from Fairfax, Virginia Tech
  • Camryn Tinsley of Glen Allen, Christopher Newport University

Michael E. Mares scholarship ($ 2,250 each)

  • Sarah Rackoski from Chantilly, Virginia Tech
  • Justin Seymore from Roanoke, Virginia Tech

MJW scholarship (two prizes at $ 2,500 each)

  • Jordan King of Wytheville, University of Radford

Tatiana Montes of Virginia Beach, College of William & Mary

  • Samuel A. Derieux Memorial Scholarship, CPA ($ 1,000)
  • Elizabeth Michalowicz of Glen Allen, Virginia Tech

Thomas M. Berry Jr. Scholarship ($ 3,000 each)

  • Cindy Ly of Fredericksburg, University of Mary Washington
  • Carol Pham of Springfield, George Mason University

Verus Financial Partners Scholarship ($ 3,000)

  • Chad Antosik of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, College of William & Mary

Virginia Tech Doctoral Fellowship ($ 3,000)

  • Delia Valentine from Blacksburg, Virginia Tech

Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer Scholarship ($ 3,000)

  • Michael Viola of Suffolk, College of William & Mary

Yount, Hyde & Barbour scholarship ($ 3,000)

  • Christian Kessinger from Covington, Virginia Tech

To learn more about the Education Foundation, visit the VSCPA site here.


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