GWSCPA 2017 Scholarship Award Recipients

GWSCPA 2017 Scholarship Award Recipients

May 19, 2017

Ashley Fearn
Greater Washington Society of CPAs 

GWSCPA Announces the 2017 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 94th Annual Membership Meeting on June 8, 2017.  The scholarship program has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1963, to students attending DC area universities as they work toward their CPA.

The 2017 scholarship program consists of nine scholarships. Two named scholarships, in the amount of $5,000 each, and seven scholarships, in the amount of $3,000 each, are made directly to students by the GWSCPA Foundation, and two scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, is awarded by the local chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), in the Society’s name.  The nine 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 Sydney Wawrzyniak - Georgetown University

The Sue Marcum Memorial Award recipient is Kira Steven - George Washington University.

Senay Araya - George Mason University

ShirBriya Fletcher - Howard University

Faith Kim - American University

Kevin Lopez - University of the District of Columbia

Gary Mills - University of the District of Columbia

Brianna Williams - Howard University

Kyle Zimmerman - American University

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.