Award recognizes CPA Exam’s top scorers


Fifty-eight CPA candidates received the 2017 Elijah Watt Sells Award by earning a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passing all four sections of the exam on their first attempt and completing testing in 2017.

A complete list of the winners is available at aicpa.org.

The award was established in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA Exam in honor of Sells, one of the first CPAs in the United States, who was active in the establishment of the AICPA and played a key role in advancing professional education for accountants.

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100th ANNIVERSARY

Black CPA Centennial, 1921–2021

With 2021 marking the 100th anniversary of the first Black licensed CPA in the United States, a yearlong campaign kicked off to recognize the nation’s Black CPAs and encourage greater progress in diversity, inclusion, and equity in the CPA profession.