AICPA/Accountemps Scholarship Recipients Announced

December 10, 2010

New York  (Dec. 10, 2010)– The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants today announced five recipients of the 2010-2011 AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship.  This annual award is offered to accounting majors who aspire to become CPAs, demonstrate academic excellence and show exceptional leadership. Each recipient will receive a $2,500 award for the academic year.

The 2010-2011 AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship recipients are:

  • Heather Bergman, Master of Accounting - University of Montana, Missoula
  • Jennifer Brown, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting - University of Portland
  • Melissa Cheesman, Master of Public Accounting - Seattle University
  • Tyson Miller, Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Accountancy - University of Oklahoma
  • Lydia Virino, Master of Accounting - North Carolina State University

“We want to congratulate all of the award winners for their outstanding academic achievement,” said Jeannie Patton, AICPA Vice President - Students, Academics & Membership.  “They illustrate the exceptional pipeline of talent for our profession.”

The five scholarship recipients were chosen from more than 340 applicants.  Eligible applicants must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 and completed at least 30 semester hours in college-level coursework, including six semester hours in accounting.  A task force comprised of AICPA and Accountemps representatives chose the recipients based on their applications, performance, essays and letters of recommendation.

“We are proud to partner with the AICPA to honor Heather, Jennifer, Melissa, Tyson and Lydia,” said Andrew Denka, Executive Director of Accountemps.  “Each of them has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their education and preparation for their careers.”

The application deadline for the 2011-2012 AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship program is April 1, 2011.  For more information, about this and other scholarship programs offered to accounting students, visit

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