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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 students 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:

Babatunde Adediran of Evanston, IL - DePaul University
Eric Barnes of Country Club Hills, IL - DePaul University
LeRone Branch of South Holland, IL - Dominican University
Susan Chun of Chicago, IL - DePaul University
Greta Ciuksyte of Naperville, IL - Benedictine University
Kaitlin Ehlers of O'Fallon, IL - University of Illinois
Ashley Epping of Peoria, IL - Bradley University
Amy Farley of Lynwood, IL - Governors State University
Thomas Fisher of DeKalb, IL - Northern Illinois University
Vincent Greco of Elk Grove Village, IL - Illinois State University
Samantha Humphrey of Round Lake Park, IL - Southern Illinois University
Danny Li of Flora, IL - Southern Illinois University
Yuchu Lo of Chicago, IL - DePaul University
Andrew Lopez of Elgin, IL - Northern Illinois University
Anthony Maggitt of DeKalb, IL - Northern Illinois University
Daniel Manrique of Chicago, IL - DePaul University
Michael Moskos of Lemont, IL - DePaul University 
Cassidy Neal of Carbondale, IL - Southern Illinois University
Paola Negrete of Naperville, IL - Benedictine University
Sheila Nevarez of Chicago, IL - Robert Morris University
Donna Nguyen of Wheaton, IL - Northern Illinois University
Jacob Nowotarski of Itasca, IL - Elmhurst College
Connor Obermeier of Okawville, IL - Southern Illinois University 
Nayely Ortiz of Chicago, IL - DePaul University
Shirley Paredes of Chicago, IL - University of Illinois at Chicago
Janice Sova of O'Fallon, IL - Southern Illinois University
Cortesha Spencer of Washington Park, IL - McKendree University
Kathryn Swerdlick of Aurora, IL - College of DuPage 
Steven Ta of Carpentersville, IL - Southern Illinois University 
Erick Tapia of Aurora, IL - Aurora University
Krishna Thaker of Champaign, IL - University of Illinois
Sharon Tucker of Sycamore, IL - Northern Illinois University
Thanh Vo of Chicago, IL - University of Illinois at Chicago
Yvette Zavala of 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 www.icpas.org/annualfund.

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.