Getting a foot in the door in the accounting profession can be tough, so an internship with an established firm and a few extra bucks to help with school can go a long way. Thanks to the AICPA, five students are set to receive such a boost via the association’s George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship and Internship Program.
Named for a former chair of the AICPA Minority Initiatives Committee, the program is open to ethnic minority students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting or an accounting-related major and who plan to sit for the CPA exam. The AICPA provides a scholarship of up to $20,000 to each student, along with an internship during the 2021 busy season (January to April).
This year’s recipients (including the firms with which they will be interning and universities they are attending) are:
- Tairu Jozatis, OnTarget CPA, Purdue University (Northwest)
- Maria Moy, Boyum Barenscheer, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
- Audie Murphy, Aronson, University of Baltimore
- Thy Thuy Nguyen, Sensiba San Filippo, California State University, Los Angeles
- Amber Richmond, Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck, University of Memphis
“The George Willie program is a great opportunity to help build diversity within the profession,” says Shelly Frazier, senior manager diversity and inclusion for the AICPA. “It supports the accounting student pipeline for ethnic minorities that our profession is in such great need of, and it helps them transition into the profession. Simultaneously, it offers firms a new opportunity toward improving the diversity in their workplace. So far, the program has been a been a ‘win’ for both the student/pipeline and the firms/profession.”