Illinois CPA Society Awards Accounting Students with Scholarships

CHICAGO, June 28, 2018 – The Illinois CPA Society is pleased to provide $76,000 in tuition and textbook scholarships to 39 accounting students as part of the Society’s Accounting Scholarship Program. Supported by contributions to the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, the Society’s Scholarship Program recognizes accounting students who demonstrate strong academic performance, leadership qualities, and financial need. 

Annually, the Fund awards approximately $200,000 in scholarships and outreach programs to more than 150 of the most diverse and deserving accounting students across the state. In addition to these tuition and textbook scholarships, initiatives such as the Society’s Jumpstart to Accounting Program and CPA Exam Award Program make it possible for students to enhance their business skills as they transition into the profession, and for CPA candidates to pay for their CPA exam fees.

“We’re extremely proud to support this impressive group of students as they develop into the future leaders of our profession,” said Todd Shapiro, President and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society. “We’re especially thankful to our generous donors who are providing the resources to help these students seek bright futures.”

The 2018-2019 academic year tuition and textbook scholarship recipients are:

 Name      Hometown  School 
 Andrew Allen  Milford, IL  Judson University
 Rachel Anderson  Rochester, IL  Augustana College
 Sam Carani  Gilberts, IL Judson University 
 Lynne Church  Wheaton, IL  Illinois State University
 Paige Cosgrove  Chicago, IL  Northern Illinois University
 Christine Crews  Sugar Grove, IL  Northern Illinois University
 Kevin Curnow Schaumburg, IL   Illinois State University
 Kamila Czeczot  Huntley, IL  Northern Illinois University
 Katherine Draper  Sugar Grove, IL  Aurora University
 Maria Grigortsuk   Macomb, IL  University of Illinois
 Maira Gutierrez  Calumet City, IL  Governors State University
 Liliana Herrera  Melrose Park, IL  Elmhurst College
 Nathaniel Hopkins  Montgomery, IL  Aurora University
 Grace Horman  Quincy, IL  Southern Illinois University
 Abigail Jockisch  Peoria, IL  Bradley University
 Jessica John  Peoria, IL  Illinois State University
 Jemilyia Johnson  Chicago, IL  Western Illinois University
 Deanna Kennedy  Peoria, IL  Illinois State University
 Clare Kitchell  Plainfield, IL  Northern Illinois University
 Daniel Kozlak  DeKalb, IL  Northern Illinois University
 Madelyn May  Bloomington, IL  Illinois Wesleyan University
 Blake McCormick  Astoria, IL  Bradley University
 Bridget Metzger  Rochelle, IL  Northern Illinois University
 Meghan Mokate  Orland Park, IL  University of Illinois
 Christopher Neal  Chicago, IL  Northern Illinois University
 Anthony Orozco  Streamwood, IL  Northern Illinois University
 Natalie Pritchard  Blue Mound, IL  Illinois State University
 Nicole Quitman  Midlothian, IL  University of Illinois at Chicago
 Noemi Reyes  Summit, IL  DePaul University
 Carissa Rice  Chicago, IL  University of Illinois
 Connor Rodheim  DeKalb, IL  Northern Illinois University
 Kiara Schuh  Champaign, IL  University of Illinois
 Julia Schweizer  Chicago, IL  Loyola University
 Jaclyn Shan  Olney, IL  Eastern Illinois University
 Paul Tobin  Park Ridge, IL  University of Illinois
 Zaria Ward  Hoffman Estates, IL  Southern Illinois University
 Sierra Weber  Taylorville, IL  Eastern Illinois University
 Jesse Wilson  Berkeley, IL  University of Illinois
 Chad Young  DeKalb, IL  Northern Illinois University

For more information about the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, or how to contribute, visit

About the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois
The CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998 by Illinois CPA Society members. Its scholarship and outreach programs are geared toward attracting a strong, talented and diverse CPA profession by encouraging individuals to choose accounting as a career choice and supporting them on their journey to become CPAs.