NEW YORK (October 9, 2019) – The American Institute of CPAs Foundation granted fellowships to 25 minority doctoral students as part of its effort to increase the number of minority educators in accounting programs.
The funding comes from the Minority Doctoral Fellowship program, which serves to bolster the number of minority CPAs serving as educators at colleges and universities. It provides $12,000 to each student, renewable for up to an additional four years, assuming students continue to meet eligibility requirements.
“The AICPA is committed to building diversity throughout the accounting profession,” said Steve Matzke, director, faculty & university initiatives at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. “We believe that diversifying accounting faculty and putting more CPAs in the class room is a win-win for students and the profession.”
The 2019-20 Minority Doctoral Fellowship recipients, as well as the doctoral programs they are attending, are:
Christiana Antwi-Obimpeh, University of Texas - San Antonio
Candice Boucree, Louisiana State University
Ryan C. Ballestero, University of Texas-Austin
Hilda Carrillo, University of South Florida
LaToya Flint, University of Mississippi
Danielle Gant, Texas Tech University
Paige G. Harrell, Emory University
Claudia C. Hernandez, Florida International University
Andria Hill, University of Central Florida
Brittani Shantel Jackson, Indiana University
Carissa Malone, Virginia Tech University
Tendai Masaya, Yale University
Ann Mungai, Florida Atlantic University
Clay Partridge, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Christian S. Paparcuri, Arizona State University
Devon Privette Jefferson, Virginia Commonwealth University
Iguehi Rajsky, Temple University
Jeremy Richardson, Texas Tech University
Vernan O. Rivera, University of Connecticut
Edgar Rodriguez Vazquez, University of Washington
Christina M. Ruiz, Arizona State University
Nuria Seijas, University of Arizona
Syrena Shirley, Pennsylvania State University
Andrea Tillet, Florida State University
Kimberly Walker, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“The AICPA Foundation is proud to be helping these CPAs along their path toward becoming accounting educators,” said Ernie Almonte, CPA, CGMA, AICPA Foundation president. “These individuals will give back to the profession by inspiring the next generation of CPAs.”
All Minority Doctoral Fellows must be ethnic minorities and U.S. citizens or permanent residents, who have earned a master’s degree or worked at least three years full-time in the accounting profession. The 2020-21 application will be available on March 1st, 2020. A full list of requirements and information about other scholarship awards offered to accounting students are available at ThisWaytoCPA.
The Minority Doctoral Fellowship is one of several AICPA initiatives aimed at cultivating a diverse and inclusive accounting profession. The Accounting Inclusion Maturity Model is a tool to help organizations assess and measure their diversity and inclusion efforts. The Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop is an annual, all-expenses-paid event for racial and ethnic minority students to strengthen their professional and networking skills, while helping them to prepare for a career in accounting. And the AICPA Scholarship Award for Minority Accounting Students, part of the AICPA Legacy Scholars program, provides funding to outstanding minority students studying accounting.
The Minority Doctoral Fellowships are funded by the AICPA Foundation.