Doctoral student receives $10,000 KPMG scholarship

Omar Watts, a first-year doctoral student at Whitman, has been awarded the $10,000 Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship by the KPMG Foundation to pursue his doctorate at SU for the 2013-2014 school year. The scholarship is renewable for the first five years of the recipient’s program.

The aim of the KPMG Scholarship program is to help increase the completion rate of minority doctoral students in accounting and is part of a larger commitment by KPMG to increase minority representation in the workforce. In the last 20 years, KPMG has awarded over $15 million to 320 minority scholars across the country pursuing doctorate degrees, and 213 of those recipients are currently professors at universities throughout the country.

President of the KPMG Foundation, Bernard J. Milano, called Watts a good example of how “dedication, hard work, and ambition pay off.” Prior to enrolling at Syracuse, Watts received an undergraduate degree from St. John Fisher College.