GWSCPA Announces the 2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

GWSCPA Announces the 2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

May 27, 2016

Elissa Brousseau
Greater Washington Society of CPAs 

GWSCPA Announces the 2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

WASHINGTON, DC—The Greater Washington Society of CPAs announces the winners of this year’s scholarship awards, which will be presented at the 93rd Annual Membership Meeting on June 9, 2016.  The scholarship program has awarded more than $340,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1963, to students attending DC area universities as they work toward their CPA.

The 2016 scholarship program consists of six scholarships. Two named scholarships, in the amount of $6,000 each, and three scholarships, in the amount of $4,000 each, are made directly to students by the GWSCPA Foundation, and one scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, is awarded by the local chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), in the Society’s name.  The five scholarships that are awarded directly by the Foundation include two named awards: the Past President’s Award (which was initiated by one of our past presidents, Dan Murrin) to recognize a student demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities; and the Sue Marcum Memorial Award (in honor of this former board member who was known for her kind heart and volunteer activities).

GWSCPA Scholarship applicants are evaluated on many criteria, including grade point average, letters of recommendation, resume, financial need, a 500-word essay, and whether the applicant is from an underrepresented demographic in the profession.  All of the applicants this year were very well qualified, which resulted in quite a challenge for the committee.

The Past Presidents’ Award recipient for leadership is Olamide Ewetusa of Howard University. Ms. Ewetusa’s recommendation letter noted that she is a model student who goes above and beyond in all that she does; her hard work and leadership capabilities are leading her on a path to become a very well-rounded professional.  Ms. Ewetusa has maintained a 3.82 GPA while working part-time in KPMG’s federal contracts group and serving as a KPMG campus ambassador. She also participates in the Howard University community by working with International Pals, serving as an accounting tutor and as a volunteer for the Income Tax Assistance program.  She served as the NABA historian for the 2013-2014 school year and secretary for the 2014-2015 school year. 

The Sue Marcum Memorial Award recipient for community volunteering activities is Connor Becker of American University. Mr. Becker is noted as having a very strong record of achievement, maintaining a 3.69 GPA while also being a positive role model to his fellow students.  He has worked as a business development intern for an insurance company, and as a Financial Assistant at AU. He is a resident advisor and part of a professional fraternity that focuses on community service. Next year he will work as an assistant handling the logistics for the BizCapital Speaker Series at KOGOD and as a tutor for a graduate level corporate finance course.  Mr. Becker plans to stay at AU to complete his MS in Accounting so that he is prepared to take the CPA exam.

The first scholarship award recipient is Rachel Bronstein of George Washington University. Ms. Bronstein maintains a 3.74 GPA and is very active in GWU’s community through her participation in Relay for Life’s executive committee. She is the founder of a mentorship program for incoming freshmen through GW Hillel, and serves as vice president of finance for Delta Sigma Pi.  Last summer she participated in two externships, one each with PwC and KPMG.  She will graduate a semester early from her undergraduate studies and enter GWU’s Master of Accountancy program in January 2017. 

The second scholarship award recipient is Pierce Gendron of George Washington University. Mr. Gendron has earned the respect of many accountancy faculty members through his maturity, professionalism and commitment to performing at the highest level possible on each classroom assignment, maintaining a 3.93 GPA.  He has shown great leadership and dedication to his accounting and finance-related internships, and the various roles he’s held while at GWU.

The final scholarship award recipient is Minowa Melvin of the University of the District of Columbia. Ms. Melvin is one of UDC’s top tax preparers in the School of Business VITA Tax Clinic and has successfully passed the IRS’ Basic and Advanced Tax Prep Certifications.  She has excelled in all her tasks and provided help to her fellow classmates in need, while maintaining a 3.73 GPA.  Ms. Melvin has a very positive attitude and truly embraces learning, not only as it applies to academics but also how it relates to the real world.

These outstanding young students represent a great future for the profession. Each is committed to becoming a certified public accountant, and to use their abilities and intelligence to make a difference within the profession, the business environment and society as a whole.  The GWSCPA recognizes and applauds their excellence.



The Greater Washington Society of CPAs serves more than 3,000 CPA and Non-CPA members in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Founded in 1923 as the CPA society for the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, the GWSCPA has a special niche among CPA societies, serving as a more concentrated cross-section of business, industry, government, education and public accounting than can be found anywhere.