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Press Release

NY CPAs Award $181,000 in College Scholarships to 71 Students

Alonza Robertson, NYSSCPA Media Relations Manager
Published Date:
Aug 20, 2014

NEW YORK – (August 20, 2014) - The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and its Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE) have announced the 71 New York college students who will receive Excellence in Accounting Scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year.

The scholarships are awarded in order to provide financial assistance and support to accounting majors. Fifty-eight college students received a $2,500 scholarship; six received $1,250, one received $1,000 and four received $500 grants sponsored by accounting firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP.

Three students who had previously graduated the FAE's Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program each received $10,000 scholarships.

"The Foundation for Accounting Education takes great pride in awarding these scholarships to truly deserving students in an effort to support their educational goals," said FAE President Jennifer George. "By encouraging top-level students to enter the field of accounting, we hope to strengthen the profession as a whole."

Students receiving the $2,500 scholarships must be a declared accounting major and have achieved an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students also must be eligible for financial aid to receive the scholarships. FAE has dedicated campus liaisons at forty-seven colleges in New York State to help identify students eligible for these scholarships.

To learn more about the FAE Scholarships, eligibility and requirements, go to

The $10,000 scholarships were awarded to high school students who have graduated the COAP program and will be starting college in the fall. The COAP scholarship winners will receive the $10,000 over the next five years toward their tuition in an accounting program in a New York state college or university.

The COAP program was founded in 1987 in order to attract high school students from public and private schools in New York state into the accounting profession. Recruitment for the COAP program- - is focused on minority groups historically underrepresented in the CPA profession.


FAE Scholarships List 2014
College Name First Name Last
Adelphi Alex Lavelle
Adelphi Raeana Georgopoulos
Alfred University Justin Tabel
Alfred University Kelly Jo Stein
Baruch College Anthony Beale
Baruch College Jiaying Li
Baruch College Michael Noverre
Baruch College Maricruz Romero
Baruch College Anthony Shaw
Baruch College Elena Stepanova
Baruch College Yinxing Eng
Canisius College Jonathan Corona
Canisius College Laura Giunta
Canisius College Sarah Kamienowski
Canisius College YuQi Szumla
College of Saint Rose Beata Kirzhner
College of Saint Rose David Leather
CUNY/College of Staten Island Elena Ghelan
Daemen College Shaun Snyder
Daemen College Matthew Daddario
Dowling College Justin Suarez
Elmira College Erin Zizza
Fordham University Michelle Ciesielska
Hartwick College Justin Warren
Hofstra University Alyssa Ruggiero
Hofstra University Abdulla Tokhie
Le Moyne College John Rogan
LIU Shirnelle Joseph
LIU Daniel Kirsanov
Manhattan College Andrea Laquidara
Manhattan College Alyssa Vigada
Mercy College Anic Sawadogo
Molloy College Stephanie Bauer
Molloy College Nastassja Kosinski
Mount Saint Mary College Joseph Loeffler
Mount Saint Mary College Rebecca Jacobini
Nazareth College Christine Dorward
New York University Caitlin Leahy
New York University Connor Mortland
New York University Justin Chung
New York University Xindi Xu
RIT Alicia Calcote
RIT Jocette Rioux
Siena College Kylene Fitsik
Siena College Michael Thomas
St. Bonaventure University Nicholas Brown
St. Francis College Idaliza Berrios
St. Joseph's College Anthony Pineiro
SUNY Albany Michael Connelly
SUNY Albany William Montanez
SUNY Fredonia Cody Oakes
SUNY Fredonia Melissa Sheldon
SUNY Geneseo McLoughlin Donald
SUNY IT Cari Donahue
Suny New Paltz Richard Guido
Suny New Paltz Brian Jung
SUNY Oswego Eric Dauphin
SUNY Plattsburgh Andrew Manor
SUNY Plattsburgh Dustin Storie
Syracuse University Ashley Thombs
Syracuse University Xia Fen Yu
University at Buffalo Kristi Figenscher
University at Buffalo Louis Galarza
University at Buffalo Richard Heaton
University at Buffalo Jamilya Koilubaeva
University at Buffalo Nathan Linderman
University of Rochester David Lyubezhanin
Utica College Christian Leogrande
COAP Scholarships 2014
College Name First Name Last
Cornell University Javier Perez
Adelphi University Marissa Carozza
University at Albany Arlene Castro



Incorporated in 1897 and now representing more than 28,000 CPAs, the NYSSCPA is a not-for-profit organization that represents the issues, standards and public services efforts of certified public accountants who practice in New York State; encompassing all areas of public practice, government, education, business, and industry. Visit the Society’s website at for more information.