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vspcaThe Virginia Society of Public Accountants Educational Foundation recently selected its University Scholars for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The VSCPA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting business and accounting education, rewarding academic excellence, and encouraging students to pursue promising careers as as Certified Public Accountants (CPA).

This year, the Foundation awarded $59,250 in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral scholarships to 28 accounting students across Virginia. As part of the VSCPA’s focus on increasing diversity in the CPA profession, the Foundation increased the minority scholarships offered by 25% and revamped the scholarship selection criteria, resulting in a 147% increase in minority student applicants.

Additionally, Indacia Turner of Chesterfield, a student at Virginia State University, received the first Curtis C. Duke and Dr. Ruth Coles Harris Fellowship honoring Virginia’s first black male and female CPAs. Over the past year, VSCPA members and donors have raised $100,000 for the new scholarship fund.

Turner is pursuing studies in accounting and will pass the CPA exam. “I was looking in business, and it was way too general. I knew I wanted something more focused. [CPA] the skills are transferable and I can use them if I have my own business,” Indacia said.

Foundation scholarship applicants must be currently enrolled in or have been accepted into an accounting program at an accredited Virginia college or university for the purpose of earning a CPA license. Other selection criteria for the awards include overall academic performance, entrance essay, faculty recommendations, and/or extracurricular activities.

VSCPA Past President/President Scholarship ($2,000)

  • Youjin Lee, University of Virginia

VSCPA Minority Scholarship ($1,500-2,000)

  • Trinity Burton of Petersburg, Virginia State University
  • Simranjeet Kaur of Midlothian, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Rebecca Le of Highland, MD, Christopher Newport University
  • Stephen Nkrumah of Alexandria, George Mason University
  • Darrell Pacheco of Charlottesville, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  • Nigel Stewart of Waynesboro, Virginia State University
  • Ryan VanHorn of Virginia Beach, Old Dominion University

VSCPA Undergraduate Scholarship ($1,500)

  • Angela Blair from Austin, TX, Liberty University
  • Kristen Hoberg of Palmyra, Old Dominion University
  • Olivia Tillett of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech

Curtis C. Duke and Dr. Ruth Coles Harris Scholarship ($2,000)

  • Indacia Turner from North Chesterfield, Virginia State University

CST Group Scholarship ($3,000)

  • Alina Ponomarenko of Arlington, George Mason University

DHG scholarship (two scholarships of $2,500 each)

  • Madeline Duggan of Davidson, NC, Virginia Tech
  • Julia Warshauer of Jericho, NY, Virginia Tech

Burton Bates Jr. Scholarship ($2,250)

  • Jordan King of Wytheville, University of Radford

Michael E. Mares Scholarship (two scholarships of $2,250 each)

  • Amanda Baker of Virginia Beach, Old Dominion University
  • Justin Seymore of Roanoke, Virginia Tech

MJW Scholarship (two scholarships of $2,500 each)

  • Natalie Nguyen from Centreville, George Mason University
  • Mariam Farzayee of Fairfax, Virginia Tech

Samuel A. Derieux, CPA, Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

  • Carla Quinteros of North Chesterfield, Virginia Commonwealth University

Thomas M. Berry Jr. Scholarship (three scholarships of $2,000 each)

  • Arlington’s Nebiyat Endale, George Mason University
  • Hector Luna of Williamsburg, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Esayas Temesgen of Arlington, Virginia Commonwealth University

Verus Financial Partner Scholarship ($3,000)

  • Ainsley Duff of Roanoke, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Doctoral Fellowship ($3,000)

  • Karneisha Wolfe of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech

WEC Scholarship ($3,000)

  • Ethan Paitsel of Roanoke, Roanoke College

YHB Scholarship ($3,000)

  • Jeffrey Kum of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) Educational Foundation is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting business and accounting education, rewarding academic excellence and encouraging students to pursue promising careers. For more information about the VSCPA Educational Foundation, its scholarship and award programs, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.vscpa.com/Foundation.