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2018-19 AICPA/Accountemps Scholarship Recipients Announced

NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2018 – The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2018-19 AICPA/Accountemps Scholarship Award. The recipients were selected for their leadership skills from more than 580 talented undergraduate and graduate students across the nation who are considered up-and-coming leaders in the CPA profession.

The recipients, who will each receive $10,000 to go toward tuition for the 2018-19 academic year, are:

  • Marshelle Davis, University of Miami
  • Marcela Nichifor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Kerby Philippeaux, Temple University
  • Daniel Wollenberg, University of Dayton

“In addition to sound technical ability, these students have demonstrated the leadership skills that will help them greatly as they enter the accounting profession,” said Joanne Fiore, Vice-President, Professional Media, Academic and Student Engagement at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

Students considered for the Accountemps Scholarship award are evaluated for academic achievement, experience in leadership, service and their dedication to pursuing a CPA certification. They must also have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and at least 30 semester hours in college-level coursework with six hours in accounting credits. A task force comprised of AICPA Student Recruitment Committee members, Accountemps staff and CPA volunteers are responsible for choosing the recipients.

“We are once again excited to partner with the AICPA to recognize these potential CPAs of the future,” said Michael Steinitz, Executive Director of staffing firm Accountemps, a Robert Half company. “Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients – for their standout skills and hard work now, which will help to set them up for success in their careers in the profession.”

Applicants for the Scholarship are enrolled in the AICPA Legacy Scholars Program, which provides students with guidance on how to succeed in the accounting profession, and connections to successful CPAs. All Legacy Scholars are Student Affiliate Members of the AICPA, which is a free-membership option offered to accounting students. 

The AICPA Legacy Scholarship program provided more 140 scholarships this year, totaling $685,000, to qualified college students nationwide.

For more information about the Accountemps Scholarship Award, Legacy Scholars Program and other scholarships for accounting students, visit Applications for the 2019-2020 AICPA scholarships will open on December 1, 2018.

About Accountemps
Accountemps is the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, with expertise in assisting recent college graduates and CPAs.

About the American Institute of CPAs
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 431,000 members in 137 countries and territories, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives professional competency development to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and Ewing, NJ.

Media representatives are invited to visit the AICPA Press Center at

About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 667,000 members and students across 184 countries and territories in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally.