This award-winning program is an all-expenses paid opportunity which 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.

The 2020 Program will be held in Chicago January 6-8. Application information will be available in Oct. 2019.  

2019 FlyerFAQ brochure and Agenda 

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2019 Mary T. Washington Wylie Scholars




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

Eligibility 

  • 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

Meet Past Scholars



Who is Mary T. Washington Wylie, CPA


A native of Chicago, Mrs. Washington Wylie (1906-2005) 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.  

Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund


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
  • KPMG LLP
  • Loop Capital
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Sikich LLP
  • Scott Steffens
  • Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC