Illinois CPA Society Announces Ninth Class of Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program Scholars

CHICAGO, Jan. 15, 2021 – Furthering its mission to support future CPAs and strengthen diversity and inclusion in the CPA profession, the Illinois CPA Society and its charitable partner, the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, are proud to announce the latest class of 30 scholars to complete the highly competitive Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program.

During their winter break, these deserving minority scholars received specialized training and coaching aimed at helping them secure paid internships or full-time positions with public accounting firms and corporate finance departments. The Illinois CPA Society and CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois are proud to recognize the following 2021 Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program Scholars:
2021 MTWW Scholars
For the health and safety of all participants, the program was held virtually from Jan. 6-8, 2021. The program connected scholars with representatives from Abbott, Crowe LLP, Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Grant Thornton LLP, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, KPMG LLP, PwC LLP, Sikich LLP, and Wipfli LLP, who led sessions and conducted interviews for a variety of paid accounting internships. Other program highlights included motivational keynotes, resume advice, interview coaching, team building exercises, LinkedIn profile development, and opportunities to network with mentors, program alumni, and other diverse accounting students. Additionally, all scholars received a $500 scholarship to help with their educational expenses.

“It was incredible to watch these students become more motivated, confident, and better prepared to excel in the accounting and finance profession as each day passed,” says Kari L. Natale, CAE, senior director of the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois. “If this class of scholars proves to be like the others that have come before, these emerging young professionals will truly accomplish things they never realized were possible.”

The program, now in its ninth year, is funded by donations to the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois’ Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund, which honors her legacy. Mary T. Washington Wylie, a Chicagoan and Northwestern University graduate, began her own accounting practice in a South Side basement in 1939 and became the first African American female CPA in the U.S. in 1943. She is widely regarded as 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 and follow in her historic footsteps.

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 geared toward encouraging individuals to choose accounting as a career and achieve the CPA credential. Visit



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