AICPA Awards Scholarships

The Institute recently awarded scholarships to outstanding accounting students.


The John L. Carey Scholarship is given to students in the liberal arts, sciences and other nonbusiness majors who are pursuing both graduate studies in accounting and CPA licensure.


The award is named for John L. Carey, who retired from the AICPA in 1969 after a 40-year career with the Institute. Throughout his career he worked to encourage outstanding students to become CPAs, a passion he continued in retirement as a professor at universities in Georgia and Illinois.


Recipients of the Carey Scholarship were selected by a task force, which considers applicants based on academic achievement, leadership and commitment to pursuing CPA licensure. Each winner receives a $5,000 scholarship from the AICPA Foundation.


The 2011–2012 recipients are:


  • Daniel Astrop, Vanderbilt University, Tenn.
  • Justin Brown, University of Southern California
  • Sarah Fisher, Northeastern University, Mass.
  • Michele Keener, University of Montana
  • Suzanne Niemoth, DePaul University, Ill.
  • Jennifer Smit, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Rebecca Sobey, Vanderbilt University, Tenn.
  • Heather Upham, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Brandon Wenzel, University of Texas at Austin
  • Scott Wingo, University of Texas at Austin

The AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship, sponsored by the Institute and Accountemps, a staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, is offered annually to undergraduate and graduate accounting majors who aspire to become CPAs, demonstrate academic excellence and show exceptional leadership.


Eligible students 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. Five recipients were selected from among 464 applicants by a task force of AICPA and Accountemps representatives, and each winner receives $2,500 for the academic year.


The 2011–2012 recipients are:


  • Raheem Farishta, M.S. in accounting, Texas A&M University
  • Janine Haveman, M.S. in accountancy, San Diego State University
  • Jared Lindberg, M.S. in accountancy, Western Michigan University
  • Trisha Phadke, B.S. in accounting and finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Sarah Rayfield, M.S. in accounting, University of Virginia


Applications for both scholarships for 2012–2013 are due April 1, 2012. Visit for more information.


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