An Orfalea College of Business student’s senior year is beginning on a high note, while also preparing her for career-readiness, thanks to an innovative new approach to enhancing diversity within the CPA profession.
The George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship and Internship Program, launched this year by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), helps accounting students with diverse backgrounds pursuing CPA licensure.
Glenn Burdette, the Central Coast’s largest CPA firm, was one of five firms selected nationwide by the AICPA’s PCPS section to participate. The company was chosen in part for their demonstrated commitment to diversity and a robust university recruitment program, which is led by senior tax manager Chris Delaney.
After careful consideration, the firm selected Maurea Richmond, an accounting senior for the award, which includes final-year tuition up to $20,000 and a hands-on internship at the firm during the 2020 tax season.
“I cannot wait to learn from the firm this upcoming tax season and to be able to gain invaluable experience in this practice.”
“I never would have imagined that I would be the recipient of such an amazing award,” says Richmond. “It goes to show that connecting with local professionals and building your network can go a long way. I cannot wait to learn from the firm this upcoming tax season and to be able to gain invaluable experience in this practice.”
“We’re so excited about this internship and the foresight and generosity of the AICPA/PCPS,” says Delaney. “One of my greatest joys is seeing college recruits step into the world of public accounting and thrive. We look forward to welcoming Maurea.”
In addition to leading Glenn Burdette’s on-campus recruitment efforts, Delaney is also part of their on-campus interview team for tax season interns and full-time hires and believes that new ideas and concepts will be fostered from a workforce that is diverse and that brings many voices to the table.
“As someone who is paying their own way through Cal Poly,” says Richmond, “this scholarship lifts a huge weight off my shoulders. I feel relieved and excited to be able to focus my attention on my studies and internship experience, knowing that my tuition will be taken care of.”
(Top) Chris Delaney, senior tax manager, and Jonah Yamagata, tax senior, of Glenn Burdette’s university recruitment team with inaugural George Willie Scholarship and internship recipient, Maurea Richmond (center). Photo credit: Glenn Burdette