OSCPA grants scholarships at minority accounting program

Seven Ohio high school students recently were awarded $500 scholarships at the Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP-Ohio).

The program is presented annually by The Ohio Society of CPAs in conjunction with The Ohio CPA Foundation, the society’s charitable affiliate, and Ohio chapters of the National Association of Black Accountants.

The scholarship recipients were among 43 selected to attend the nationally recognized event held for six days at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business. Started in 1996 by a group of accountants, ACAP-Ohio gathers the top minority students from around the state and connects them with successful minority professionals who mentor them on college and career choices while they learn about the business world and compete for college scholarships.

“ACAP-Ohio is a premier educational program that introduces aspiring minority students to careers in accounting and business,” said Jerry Esselstein, CPA, chair of The Ohio CPA Foundation. “It pairs students with professional mentors who help them to explore future career opportunities and provides experiences they wouldn’t have in a traditional high school setting.”

Scholarship winners, chosen for their achievements throughout the week are listed below with their sponsors:

  • Gary Bagley (Canton), rising junior, GlenOak High School, Ernst & Young
  • Dasia Hood (Mason), rising senior, William Mason High School, Honda of America Mfg.
  • Indyasia Johnson (Cincinnati), rising junior, Westside Montessori High School, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Davia Posey (Cincinnati), rising junior, Mount Notre Dame High School, Ingram White Castle Foundation
  • Santoria Sawyer (Toledo), senior, Waite High School, Ohio State Book Scholarship
  • Jerron Taylor (Sandusky), rising senior, Sandusky High School, MDS CPA Review
  • Tiantian Zhang (Dublin), rising junior, Dublin Coffman High School, KPMG
Entrance into the ACAP-Ohio program is a highly competitive process. A selection committee chose participants from a pool of nearly 100 applicants based on their grades, essays, recommendations, and extracurricular activities.

In the past 15 years, more than 500 students have completed the program. As part of the 2010 ACAP-Ohio class, students attended educational workshops, shadowed minority CPAs and business professionals, attended social and networking activities, and participated in a team case study competition.

ACAP-Ohio was made possible by sponsorship from the Accountancy Board of Ohio and corporate sponsors including the Cardinal Health Foundation, Cuini & Panichi, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, Honda of America Manufacturing Inc., KPMG LLP, McDonald’s, MDS CPA Review, PPC Tax Advisors, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and White Castle.

You can read more about ACAP-Ohio and other student initiatives sponsored by The Ohio Society of CPAs.

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