Illinois CPA Society Awards 33 Accounting Students with Scholarships

CHICAGO, June 28, 2017 The Illinois CPA Society is providing $62,000 in scholarships to 33 accounting students as part of the Society’s Accounting Scholarship Program funded by the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois. These college scholarship recipients attend colleges and universities around the state.

Supported solely by contributions to the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, the Society’s scholarship programs are helping students pursue careers in accounting as well as their CPA credentials.  Students receive aid for tuition, textbooks, CPA Exam fees and more.

In addition to scholarships, initiatives such as the Society’s Student Ambassador Program make it possible for students to enhance their business skills and develop connections as they progress and transition into the profession.

“The accounting profession is thriving and we’re proud to support these dedicated students as they learn skills that will lead to promising careers,” said Todd Shapiro, President and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society. “With this impressive group, the future of accounting is in good hands and we’re thankful for the many generous donors who are providing the financial resources to help these students seek bright futures.”

The 2017-2018 academic year tuition and textbook scholarship recipients are:

Name                                     Hometown                          School

Vanessa Avila                        Romeoville, IL                  University of Illinois

Alexander Balkan                   Northbrook, IL                 University of Illinois

Prima Nikkola Bautista          Chicago, IL                       DePaul University

Megan Bogolia                       Elmhurst, IL                     DePaul University

LeRone Branch                      South Holland, IL             Dominican University

Daisjuan Burns                       Chicago, IL                      University of Illinois                    

Megan Chu                            Chicago, IL                      University of Illinois                    

Chad Duncheon                     Bloomington, IL               Illinois State University

Jaime Faulhaber                    Deerfield, IL                     DePaul University

Daniel Fredrickson                 Dixon, IL                          Northern Illinois University

Ashley Holmes                       Country Club Hills, IL       Illinois State University

Erica Johnson                        Chicago, IL                       Governors State University

Jemilyia Johnson                   Macomb, IL                       Western Illinois University

Hamed Kadiani                      Springfield, IL                    University of Illinois

Daniel Kozlak                         DeKalb, IL                         Northern Illinois University

Emma Mosier                        Naperville, IL                      North Central College

Christopher Neal                    Chicago, IL                        Northern Illinois University

Samantha Newmark              Peoria, IL                           Bradley University

Nicholas Niles                        Rock Island, IL                  Augustana College

Megan O’Brien                       Freeport, IL                       Northern Illinois University

Sharon Ou                              Chicago, IL                       University of Illinois

Jeaneice Payne                     Villa Grove, IL                    Eastern Illinois University

Kaitlin Raineri                         Peru, IL                             Loyola University Chicago

Juan Ramirez                         Waukegan, IL                    Southern Illinois University

Alissa Schmidgall                   Bloomington, IL                 Illinois State University

Kiara Schuh                           Champaign, IL                   University of Illinois

Jaclyn Shan                           Olney, IL                             Eastern Illinois University

Odontuya Sumiyatsooj          Chicago, IL                         University of Illinois – Chicago

Zaria Ward                             Hoffman Estates, IL           Southern Illinois University

Jesse Wilson                          Berkeley, IL                       University of Illinois

Kendall Winkler                      Aurora, IL                          Benedictine University

Hannah Winston                     Tinley Park, IL                   Eastern Illinois University

Gladys Wu                             Chicago, IL                         University of Illinois

For more information about the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, or how you may contribute, please visit

About the Illinois CPA Society

The Illinois CPA Society, with more than 24,500 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.

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. Its mission is to assure a strong, talented and diverse CPA profession by encouraging individuals to choose accounting as a career choice and become a CPA and supporting students, particularly those in need, in achieving the CPA through scholarships and other programs.



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