Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund
Internship Preparation Program
2014 Scholars (Back row from left to right) Cynthia Rojas, Rodrane Moussavou Tsaty, Angela Jordan, Kelly Luna, Lizandra Herrera, Brian Denton, Victor Frescas, Christopher Salazar, Jonathan Acevedo, Ali Jafar, Demetrius Bush, Liliana Cano, Maritere Ramirez, Sury Jimenez, Shaunea Brown,Lidia Temores. (Front row from left to right) Brittany Okossi, Shaska Fipps, Shatoyria Jangjirawat, Juana Soto, Jamilla Brooks, Ebony Lang, Geraldine Deliva, Deja Ware, Thu Huong Nguyen.
This Fund was established in collaboration with the Illinois CPA Society and the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois to honor the legacy of Mary T. Washington Wylie by supporting opportunities to diversify and strengthen the future of the CPA profession.
Mary T. Washington Wylie was the nation’s 13th African-American CPA, and the first female of the group to attain her license. In 1939, she founded her own firm, known today as Washington, Pittman & McKeever, in the basement of her South Side of Chicago home. At a time when most firms would not hire minorities, Ms. Washington recruited young African Americans from around the country, enabling them to fulfill the apprenticeships needed to earn their CPA licenses. She was a groundbreaker and mentor, and as such, fostered the development of a generation of African-American CPAs. Remembering Ms. Washington – INSIGHT magazine article 2005
The Internship Preparation Program is a three-day, all expenses paid program for up to 25 African American and other underrepresented minority accounting students who are sophomores or juniors at an Illinois college or university. The goal of the program is to prepare and place students interested in the CPA profession in successful internships at Illinois accounting firms through exposure to the profession, access to practical training, resources and mentors. At the end of the program, participating firms interview the students for a variety of paid internship opportunities.
The program was held for the first time in January 2013 in Chicago. We are pleased to report that 13 students received internship offers as a result of this program and all 25 students walked away with a $500 scholarship to help with educational expenses. Empower the Future – INSIGHT magazine article 2013
Application for 2015 program will be available Fall 2014.
- Be enrolled in an Illinois College or University as a sophomore or junior for the 2013-14 academic year
- Be an African-American or other underrepresented minority
- Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident
- Intend to major in accounting and ultimately become a CPA (or current accounting major)
- Completion of an introductory accounting course is preferred
- Have a 3.0/4.0 GPA or equivalent
- Not currently committed to a particular accounting firm for an internship
- Submit a completed application with supplemental information
- Available to attend the program
Donations to the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois’ Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund made this program possible. The Fund has received more than $535,000 in support from annual contributions or pledges from individual and corporate donors. Thank you to the following major donors for their generosity:
- Crowe Horwath LLP
- Deloitte LLP
- Draper and Kramer, Inc.
- Ernst & Young LLP
- Grant Thornton LLP
- Illinois CPA Society
- KPMG LLP
- Loop Capital
- Sikich LLP
- Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC
For questions or more information, please contact Sarah E. Haight, Member Outreach Manager at email@example.com or 312-993-0407, ext. 275.