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AICPA Foundation Awards Minority Doctoral Fellowships to Increase Diversity in College and University Classrooms 

Total of $264,000 Awarded to Twenty-Two Students 

New York (November 11, 2014) - To help increase the number of CPAs from diverse backgrounds teaching at the college and university level, the American Institute of CPAs has awarded twenty-two scholars the Minority Doctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship, funded by the AICPA Foundation, provides $12,000 each to full-time minority accounting scholars who have demonstrated the potential to become accounting educators. 

To help increase the number of CPAs from diverse backgrounds teaching at the college and university level, the American Institute of CPAs has awarded twenty-two scholars the Minority Doctoral Fellowship.The Fellowship, funded by the , provides $12,000 each to full-time minority accounting scholars who have demonstrated the potential to become accounting educators.

"One of the best ways to increase diversity in the profession is to ensure that young people who are considering accounting careers have access to CPAs from diverse backgrounds," said Kim Drumgo, AICPA director of diversity and inclusion and vice chair of the National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. "The Minority Doctoral Fellowship helps strengthen the pipeline of accounting educators and provides young people with role models and mentors in the classroom."

The 2014-2015 AICPA Minority Doctoral Fellowship recipients are listed below in alphabetical order: 

  •  Herita A. Akamah, University of Oklahoma

  • Brandon D. Ater, Virginia Tech

  • Maurice Atkinson, Michigan State University

  • Joye L. Baugh, Jackson State University

  • Lydia N. Didia, Jackson State University

  • Brent A. Garza, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • Michelle Harding, The University of Virginia

  • Oscar J. Harvin, Florida Atlantic University

  • Chevonne Herring, University of Mississippi

  • Ethan G. LaMothe, University of South Carolina

  • Thomas F. Lewis, Jr., Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Makila C. A. Major, University of Memphis

  • Sydnee Manley, University of Mississippi

  • Rachel Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Christopher Alan Miller, University of Mississippi

  • Patricia Navarro, University of Central Florida

  • Porschia Nkansa, University of Memphis

  • Rebeca Perez, University of Oregon

  • Genese Rogers, Morgan State University

  •  Delvin D. Seawright, Morgan State University

  • Justin Cole Short, University of Tennessee

  • Kecia Smith, Texas A&M University

To help increase the number of CPAs from diverse backgrounds teaching at the college and university level, the American Institute of CPAs has awarded twenty-two scholars the Minority Doctoral Fellowship.The Fellowship, funded by the , provides $12,000 each to full-time minority accounting scholars who have demonstrated the potential to become accounting educators.

By pursuing their doctorate degree in accounting, the recipients of the AICPA Minority Doctoral Fellowship are helping secure the future of the profession,” said Steve Matzke, AICPA director of college and university initiatives. “In addition to helping increase the number of accounting faculty in classrooms across the country, they are encouraging future generations of minority CPAs to join the profession.”

The Minority Doctoral Fellowship is available to ethnic minorities who have obtained or plan to pursue a CPA license who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Additional requirements are available online.

Qualified candidates may apply on the AICPA website. The 2015-16 application will launch in January 2015, with an application deadline of April 1, 2015.

For more information, email academics@aicpa.org.

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