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2019 Scholars (Back row from left to right) Grant Losper, Cierra Walls, Manuel Gonzalez, Noe Navarro, Bernard Forson, Lucas Simon, Zeeshan Ahmed, Robert Addo, Jeren Stewart, Davonte Carson, Raven Overton-Price (Middle row from left to right) Samantha Perez, Starletta Keene, Stephanie Mbi, Brittany Sims, Daisja Burns, Maram Abdullah, Lorenzo Watson-Lemarche (Front row from left to right) Carmen Flores, Jennile O'Connor, Morayma Barron, Emani James, Amari Hall, Rabella Giyo, Michael Romero

The award-winning Internship Preparation Program is an all-expenses paid opportunity held in Chicago in early January. The program launches African-American and other racial/ethnic minority college students into the accounting profession with access to training, resources, and mentors. At the end of the program, employers interview the students for a variety of paid accounting internships that could lead to full-time jobs.

Take a look at the 2019 agenda to see the opportunities provided to our scholars!

Planning for next year? The 2020 Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program will be held January 6-8, 2020. Check back in October for application information! 

Abisola Oladigbo
"This program and scholarship lowered my education costs, helped me grow as a person, and helped me get my first accounting internship offer. I now have the confidence and skills I need to be a successful professional." 
Abisola Oladigbo
University of Illinois at Chicago 
2018 MTWW Scholar 

Key Benefits:

  • $500 Scholarship 
  • Resume advice and interview coaching
  • Onsite interviews with well-known accounting firms
  • Gain access to mentors
  • Meet and interact with other diverse students
  • Become a leader on your campus

For more information, please review the 2019 flyer and FAQ brochure


  • Illinois Resident or non-Illinois Resident who is enrolled in a college in Illinois
  • Racial/ethnic minority currently underrepresented in the accounting profession (e.g. African-American, Hispanic/Latino, etc.)
  • Enrolled in a college as a sophomore, junior, or senior with a 3.0/4.0 GPA or equivalent 
  • Currently or interested in majoring in accounting
  • Have not already completed or committed to an accounting firm or an internship
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Student Profiles

Meet a few of the many students whose lives the Accounting Internship Preparation Program has changed.

Mary T. Washington Wylie, CPA (1906-2005)

A native of Chicago, Mrs. Washington Wylie earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. In 1939, when virtually no firms would hire African-Americans or females, let alone an African-American female, she began her own firm in a basement on the South Side of Chicago where she opened doors for future generations of African-American accountants to follow in her historic footsteps. 

Her accounting practice, known today as the Chicago firm of Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC, one of the largest black CPA firms in the country, is now combining forces with Mitchell Titus, carrying on her legacy.  

As a tribute to her legacy, on what would have been her 100th birthday in 2006, Lester H. Mckeever Jr., along with the Illinois CPA Society and the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois established the Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund. Donations to the fund support programs and opportunities that promote diversity and strengthen the accounting profession. 

Donations to the Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund make this program possible. The Fund has received more than $800,000 in support from individual and corporate donors. Thank you to the following major donors for their generosity:
  • Abbott 
  • ComEd
  • Crowe LLP
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Dempsey J. Travis Foundation  
  • Draper and Kramer, Inc.
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Loop Capital
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Sikich LLP
  • Scott Steffens
  • Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC