Future Accountants Accelerate Careers in Diverse Internship Prep Program

CHICAGO, January 15, 2020 – In just three days, 26 college accounting students from diverse backgrounds gained a significant advantage in launching their careers. They are the newest class of scholars to complete the Illinois CPA Society’s highly competitive Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program. During their winter break, program participants received specialized training, mentoring, and coaching aimed at helping them secure internships and become future accounting and finance professionals. Additionally, all participants received a $500 scholarship to help with educational expenses.

The program connected students with representatives from major companies and accounting firms who led sessions and conducted interviews for a variety of paid accounting internships. Professional partners included: Abbott, Crowe LLPDeloitte LLPErnst & Young LLPGrant Thornton LLP,  Hyatt Hotels Corporation, KPMG LLPPwC LLP, and Sikich LLP.

The Illinois CPA Society is proud to recognize the following 2020 Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program Scholars:

Name

School

Hometown

 

Shania Aguilar

Michael Beauford

Jared Dandridge

Diana Diego

Ami Eklou

Azalea Garcia

Miguel Gutierrez

DeAndra Harley

Takeda Hill

Taniayah Johnson

Christopher Johnson

Sonia Lee

David Mason

Tyler Moseberry

Alejandra Nava

Tiara Nelson

Eldrin Oatis

Cameron Petersen

Meryem Rehich

Eduardo Rodriguez

Raisa Salik

Eman Samra

Genesis Sarmiento

Hardeep Sekhon

Reginald Willis

Samantha Zanches-Zamudio

Aurora University

Governors State University

Governors State University

Aurora University

Western Illinois University

Lewis University

Morton College

University of Illinois at Chicago

Governors State University

Knox College

University of St. Francis

Harold Washington College

Augustana College

Western Illinois University

Kishwaukee College

Harold Washington College

Chicago State University

Illinois State University

Northeastern Illinois University

Benedictine University

University of Illinois at Chicago

Governors State University

Augustana College

Harper College

Monmouth College

Lewis University

Sandwich

Chicago

Park Forest

Aurora

Moline

Joliet

Berwyn

Chicago

Park Forest

Chicago

Hillside

Chicago

Rock Island

Naperville

Rochelle

Chicago

Chicago

Normal

Chicago

Chicago

Skokie

Burbank

Chicago

Palatine

Chicago

Lockport

 

The Internship Preparation Program is funded by donations to the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois’ Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund. 

Mary T. Washington Wylie, a Chicagoan who graduated from Northwestern University, began her own accounting practice in a basement on the city’s South Side in 1939. She became the first African-American female CPA in the U.S. in 1943 and was a trailblazer for minorities entering the accounting profession. This program bearing her name advances diversity within the profession by building skills and presenting new opportunities for minority accounting students to be successful.

The 2020 class of Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program scholars

The 2020 class of Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program scholars.

 

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