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Rochester Chapter announces recipients of Outstanding College Student Awards


Campus Liaison, St. John Fisher College

The Outstanding College Student Award, a decades-old and prestigious award, is granted by the Education Committee of the Rochester Chapter of the NYSSCPA and is given to one outstanding student from each of eight upstate New York colleges/universities. The student must be graduating with one of the following degrees: M.S., MBA, B.A. or B.S. The graduate must also plan to be 150-hour compliant and meet the other requirements for licensing as a CPA in New York state.

Accounting faculty from each institution select their award recipients based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of a curriculum qualifying students for the CPA exam in New York state with a graduation date from the institution no later than Aug. 31, 2020.
  • A high grade point average.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Demonstrated participation and leadership in extracurricular activities, including part-time employment.
  • Integrity and maturity.

There is one Excellence in Academic Achievement Award granted to each college. This year, the award winners are:

Benjamin Bedosky, of St. John Fisher College, who has accepted a position with Dejoy, Knauf and Blood, LLP in the Financial Assurance Group;

Lindsey Brinkel, of Roberts Wesleyan College;

Christopher Della Porta, of the Rochester Institute of Technology, who will work in the accounting industry after graduation;

Patrick Dowdle of Nazareth College, who will work in the Syracuse office of The Bonadio Group;

David Misch of the University of Rochester, who is seeking a post-graduation position in a corporate financial planning and analysis role;

Bridget Pitre, of SUNY Geneseo, who has accepted a position as a tax staff accountant in the Private Wealth Advisory group at EisnerAmper LLC in New York City;

Taream Sak, of SUNY Brockport, who will be working as an assistant accountant with The Bonadio Group after graduation; and

Spencer Wickert of Alfred University, who has accepted a position as a staff accountant with The Bonadio Group in Albany.


Congratulations to these outstanding students, who have exhibited excellent academic focus and a passion for the accounting profession!

Ryan Lane

The presiding President of the Rochester Chapter is Ryan Lane.

Chartered December 8, 1953, this chapter encompasses the following counties:
Chemung, Steuben, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates

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