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Illinois CPA Society Rewards Accounting Students Through Scholarships

Chicago, IL – This year, the Illinois CPA Society awarded $47,000 in scholarships to 23 accounting students from multiple institutions around the state. Scholarship recipients include students in both undergraduate and graduate level accounting programs who have maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average. All scholarship recipients plan on pursuing the CPA licensure and demonstrate a course of study that reflects this goal. The 2012-13 academic year beneficiaries are:
Andrew Barnes, Edwardsville, IL – Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
Angelina Bornok, Aurora, IL – DePaul University
Brittany Bowers, South Elgin, IL – Augustana College
Anna Budzikowska, Chicago, IL – DePaul University
Regina Chase-Smith, Sycamore, IL – Northern Illinois University
Lindsey Collins, Roselle, IL – University of Illinois
Jennifer Ellison, Palos Heights, IL – University of Illinois
Mohammed Farooq, Skokie, IL – DePaul University
Brian Forsberg, Naperville, IL – University of Illinois
William Horton, Lexington, IL – University of Illinois
Emily Ioerger, Metamora, IL – Bradley University
George Martinez, Chicago, IL – University of Illinois
Bethany Noller, Pawnee, IL – Eastern Illinois University
Billeka Palmer, Chicago, IL – Roosevelt University
Greg Patton, Bloomington, IL – Augustana College
Mile Petkovic, Wheaton, IL – Northern Illinois University

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Jonathan Schroeder, Lake Villa, IL – Northern Illinois University
Jessica Smith, Chicago, IL – DePaul University
Stephen Vercellino, Mulkeytown, IL – Southern Illinois University
Amy Vrtis, Ottawa, IL – Lewis University
Emilia Waszkielewicz, Chicago, IL – DePaul University
Bradley Winkler, La Grange Park, IL – Monmouth College
Run Jin You, Dekalb, IL – Northern Illinois University
“Congratulations to the scholarship recipients,” said Elaine Weiss, President and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society. “These students represent the continuing strength of the pipeline and can contribute much to growing our profession while facing new challenges.”

The Illinois CPA Society Accounting Scholarship Program is funded by the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois. In addition to providing financial assistance, the scholarship program provides these students with a variety of professional development opportunities to build professional skills, network and learn from practicing CPAs, who can offer them invaluable advice to enhance their careers. For more information about the Fund, or to invest in the future of the accounting profession, visit
About the Illinois CPA Society
The Illinois CPA Society, founded in 1903, is the fourth largest state CPA Society in the nation, with more than 24,000 members. It is the premier professional organization that represents CPAs in Illinois. During its over 100 years of existence, the Society has advanced the highest ethical and financial standards of the profession, and has been a leader in educating the public on financial issues.

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. Its mission is to assure a strong, talented, and diverse CPA profession by encouraging individuals to choose accounting as a career choice and become a CPA and supporting students, particularly those in need, in achieving the CPA through scholarships and other programs.

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