Two Whitman students receive NYSSCPA accounting scholarships


Two students from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management received Excellence in Accounting Scholarships from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and its Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE) for the 2012-2013 school year.

Samantha Ackley, a senior CPA accounting and finance double major from Poughquag, N.Y., and Joanne Jinfang Chen, a senior CPA accounting major from New York, N.Y., received the awards last August.

“Jin and Samantha are excellent students, and the Lubin School of Accounting is pleased that they have been recognized with NYSSCPA Excellence in Accounting Scholarships,” said Randy Elder, senior associate dean and professor of accounting at Whitman. “The New York State Society of CPAs has been generous in its funding of scholarships for students in accounting, and Prof. Joyce Zadzilka has done an excellent job of coordinating the applications from Whitman.”

chenThe $2,500 scholarships provide financial assistance to encourage and assist candidates entering the accounting profession. Student recipients must be a declared accounting major, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be eligible for financial aid in order to receive the scholarships.

The FAE and NYSSCPA awarded a total of 51 scholarships to New York students for the 2012-2013 school year. Forty-eight students received $2,500 scholarships. Three $10,000 scholarships were awarded to high school students who had previously graduated from the FAE’s Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program.

Established in 1990, the Excellence in Accounting Scholarships are supported by contributions from members of the statewide NYSSCPA. The FAE currently provides campus liaisons at 47 colleges in New York state to help identify students eligible for scholarships.