New Scholarships for Future CPAs Studying in Illinois

Recipients Benefit from The Illinois CPA Society and The CPA Endowment Fund    

CHICAGO, June 28, 2016 The Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) and the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois recently awarded academic scholarships to accounting students of diverse backgrounds and common professional goals at colleges around the state. Students earning scholarships are on track to complete their studies in accounting and pursue the CPA credential. 

“It was another great year for our scholarship program, and on behalf of the Illinois CPA Society, I am proud to honor these impressive students,” said Todd Shapiro, President and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society. “As leaders on campus and in their communities, these students have a great potential for success in the accounting profession. We are truly grateful to the many donors who make it possible for us to recognize their achievements.”  

The 2016-2017 ICPAS scholarship recipients are:

Name                                     Hometown                          School

Babatunde Adediran              Evanston, IL                DePaul University

Eric Barnes                          Country Club Hills, IL    DePaul University

LeRone Branch                     South Holland, IL         Dominican University

Susan Chun                           Chicago, IL                DePaul University                      

Greta Ciuksyte                       Naperville, IL              Benedictine University               

Kaitlin Ehlers                          O’Fallon, IL               University of Illinois                    

Ashley Epping                        Peoria, IL                  Bradley University                      

Amy Farley                            Lynwood, IL               Governors State University

Thomas Fisher                       DeKalb, IL                   Northern Illinois University

Vincent Greco                        Elk Grove Village, IL    Illinois State University

Samantha Humphrey            Round Lake Park, IL       Southern Illinois University

Danny Li                                 Flora, IL                     Southern Illinois University

Yuchu Lo                                Chicago, IL                 DePaul University

Andrew Lopez                        Elgin, IL                       Northern Illinois University

Anthony Maggitt                     DeKalb, IL                   Northern Illinois University

Daniel Manrique                     Chicago, IL                   DePaul University

Michael Moskos                     Lemont, IL                    DePaul University

Cassidy Neal                          Carbondale, IL              Southern Illinois University

Paola Negrete                        Naperville, IL                 Benedictine University

Sheila Nevarez                       Chicago, IL                   Robert Morris University

Donna Nguyen                       Wheaton, IL                   Northern Illinois University

Jacob Nowotarski                  Itasca, IL                        Elmhurst College

Connor Obermeier                 Okawville, IL                   Southern Illinois University

Nayely Ortiz                           Chicago, IL                    DePaul University

Shirley Paredes                      Chicago, IL                    University of Illinois at Chicago

Janice Sova                           O’Fallon, IL                    Southern Illinois University

Cortesha Spencer                  Washington Park, IL        McKendree University

Kathryn Swerdlick                  Aurora, IL                        College of DuPage

Steven Ta                               Carpentersville, IL           Southern Illinois University

Erick Tapia                             Aurora, IL                        Aurora University

Krishna Thaker                       Champaign, IL                 University of Illinois

Sharon Tucker                       Sycamore, IL                    Northern Illinois University

Thanh Vo                                Chicago, IL                     University of Illinois at Chicago

Yvette Zavala                         Cicero, IL                         Robert Morris University

Each year, The Society and The CPA Endowment Fund provide about $185,000 in financial support and outreach assistance to qualifying students who are working towards becoming CPAs. ICPAS scholarship programs are funded by contributions to the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois and cover costs for many expenses including tuition, textbooks and CPA exam fees. 

Outreach programs, such as the Student Ambassador Program, help students enhance business skills and build professional connections as they complete studies and begin their careers.

For more information about the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, or to invest in the future of the accounting profession, visit

About the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois

The CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1998 by Illinois CPA Society members. The Fund was created to ensure ongoing funding for scholarship and outreach programs. The programs are geared toward encouraging individuals to choose accounting as a career choice and achieve the CPA credential.

About the Illinois CPA Society

The Illinois CPA Society, with more than 24,000 members, is one of the largest state CPA societies in the nation. Our mission is dedicated to enhancing the value of the CPA profession through the strategic initiatives of advocacy, information, education and connections. 



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