Governor Rick Scott and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Certified Public Accounting today announced the department is awarding $99,000 in scholarships to 16 minority students studying to become certified public accountants at Florida higher educational institutions. The scholarships were awarded through the CPA Education Minority Assistance Program, which was created in 1999 to encourage minorities to enter the profession.

“Florida is home to exceptional universities that train students to compete in the global market place and I am pleased to award these students for their hard work to become certified public accounts,” said Governor Rick Scott.  “In order for Florida to be the number one place for businesses to grow we must have the most skilled workforce in the nation. I encourage these students to stay in Florida once they have obtained their professional licensure and contribute to our state’s positive economic development.”

The CPA Education Minority Assistance Program is funded by a $5 portion from each individual and firm license fee. Scholarship applicants can be awarded up to $6,000 per semester for a maximum of two semesters. The Florida Board of Accountancy’s Certified Public Accountant Education Minority Assistance Advisory Council met in August and recommended scholarship awards to the following individuals for the fall and spring semesters:

—   Roshene Carr, Florida Atlantic University – $6,387.10

—   Cindy Chen, Florida Atlantic University – $6,387.10

—   Kennese Cook, Kaplan University – $6,387.10

—   Kevin Del Valle, Florida Atlantic University – $6,387.10

—   Lianet Diaz Leal, St. Thomas – $6,387.10

—   Ivan Garcia, University of Florida – $6,387.10

—   Morgan Greene, Stetson University – $6,387.10

—   Donald Hatcher, University of Central Florida – $6,387.10

—   Cristian Ioszpe, Florida State University – $3,193.55 (spring semester only)

—   David Kabore, University of South Florida – $6,387.10

—   Louis Lopez, Florida State University – $6,387.10

—   Aaron Ross, Florida State University – $6,387.10

—   Alicia Saint John, University of Florida – $6,387.10

—   Corina Torres, American Intercontinental University – $6,387.10

—   Carthenia Turk, DeVry University – $6,387.10

—   Michael White, Florida A&M University – $6,387.10

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be applied to the appropriate school year. The deadline for applications for the 2013-2014 is June 1, 2013. Applications are available online at: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/cpa/documents/MinorityScholarshipApplication6.11.pdf

 

 

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