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Rochester Chapter Announces Recipients of Outstanding College Student Awards


Rochester Chapter Education Committee Chair

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, 2021;
  • A high grade point average;
  • Outstanding communication skills;
  • Demonstrated participation and leadership in extracurricular activities, including part-time employment; and
  • Integrity and maturity.

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

 flint Matthew Sciandra, of St. John Fisher College, who has accepted a position with Deloitte in Albany, N.Y.;
 greer Sara Woodward, of Roberts Wesleyan College, who will attend graduate school;
 leach Samuel Mattice, of Rochester Institute of Technology, who has accepted a position as an assistant audit accountant with The Bonadio Group;
 flint Giovanni Greer (“Gio”), of Nazareth College, who has accepted an offer with The Bonadio Group;
 greer Kyu Jin Kim, of the University of Rochester, who has accepted a position as an audit associate with Deloitte in Rochester, N.Y.;
 kim Hannah Marafioti, of SUNY Geneseo, who has accepted a position with The Bonadio Group and is planning to study for the CPA exam prior to starting the job;
 leach Ben Leach, of SUNY Brockport, who has accepted a position with DeJoy, Knauf & Blood LLP after graduation; and
 leach Gillian Flint, of Alfred University, who has attended law school prior to a career as a tax accountant.


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

The presiding President of the Rochester Chapter is Kurt Button.

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

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