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AU accounting students win Illinois CPA Society award

Posted by on December 14, 2016

Three Aurora University accounting majors are among 25 college students statewide to receive the Mary T. Washington Wylie Award from the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS). Founded in memory of the country’s first African-American female CPA, the program is designed to promote diversity in the accounting profession.

Award recipients Roman Barnes, Daniel Flores and Erick Tapia, all seniors, grew up in Aurora. Each will receive a $500 scholarship to assist with educational expenses, and during the first week of January they will represent the university at an ICPAS-sponsored internship preparation program in Chicago.

During the three-day all-expenses-paid conference, the students will receive training, mentoring and access to resources that will help them successfully navigate the transition from student to accounting professional as well as a shot at landing a paid internship with one of the industry’s leading firms.

“Roman, Daniel and Erick are great examples of the students that come to AU,” said Don Danner, chair of the university’s department of accounting and finance.

“They have each demonstrated a commitment to their studies and to beginning their professional life with this program and additional internships they have earned. We are very proud of their accomplishments and their selection as winners of the Mary T. Washington Wylie Award.”

For more information about AU’s accounting programs, please visit the department website.