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Press Release

NY Accounting Foundation Awards $183,750 in Scholarships

Alonza Robertson, NYSSCPA Media Relations Manager
Published Date:
May 20, 2013
NEW YORK – (May 20, 2013) - The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE) have announced the 67 New York students who will receive Excellence in Accounting Scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year.
The scholarships are awarded in order to provide financial assistance and encouragement to accounting majors. Sixty college students received a $2,500 scholarship; three received $1,250 and one received $1,000. 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 2013-2014 FAE President John Lauchert. "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 2013
Adelphi University - Stephanie Naranjo; Michelle Yim and Jessica Rodriguez
Alfred University - Nicole Sutter, Michael Stivale
Canisius College - Jacob Jeziorowski; Lindsay Glassman, Brian Almendinger, Elizabet Stefanova
College of Saint Rose- Allison Gray, Rebecca Jean-Paul
College of Staten Island - Faisal Sharif, Elena Ghelan
Daemen College - Kevin Smeader Jr., Shaun Snyder
Dowling College - Rebecca Brodsky
Elmira College - Gabriella Coppola, Keegan Knoll
Fordham University - Michelle Ciesielska
Hartwick College - Justin Warren
Hofstra University - Tracy Robertson
Ithaca College - Scott Koblick
Le Moyne College - Zachary Hoalcraft, John Rogan
Long Island University - Shirnelle Joseph
Manhattan College - Jennifer Adarna, Alyssa Vigada
Marist College - Diana Derr
Mercy College - Kimberly Buono, Yuna Lu
Molloy College -  Nastassja Kosinski
Nazareth College - Amanda Stevens, Aubrey Cooke
New York University - Fanxue Meng
Niagara University - Jason Cutler, Natalie Wisniewski
Rochester Institute of Technology - Taylor Whalen, Michael Burns
Siena College - Adam Lindhorst, Jennifer Peone
St. Bonaventure University - James Tantalo, Jenna Torella
St. Francis College - Idalizza Berrios
St. John Fisher - Ryan Weir, Kathleen Fandrich
St. Joseph's College - Katelyn Albanese, John Gaillard Jr.
SUNY Fredonia - Richard Burlett III
SUNY Geneseo - Andrew McNulty
SUNY Institute of Technology - Cari Donahue
SUNY New Paltz - Ming Kit Lo
SUNY Oswego - Daniel Smyth
SUNY at Old Westbury - Premala Santhiralingram, Esteban Alfaro
Syracuse University - Gregory DeMilio, Emanuel Mirabal
University at Albany - Leon Matthew, Smiley Rojas-Nunez
University at Buffalo - Amilyn Corliss, Sergio Gangarossa, Luwei Jiang, Joshua Seward
Utica College - Joshua Haar, David Lyubezhanin
COAP Scholarships 2013
  • Shannon Berchem
  • Joseph Gonzales
  • Yusef Burgos
Incorporated in 1897 and now representing more than 29,000 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.