Congratulations to the 2023 NJCPA Scholarship Recipients

 – April 27, 2023
Congratulations to the 2023 NJCPA Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce that the NJCPA Scholarship Fund awarded $221,500 in scholarships to 53 New Jersey-based high school and college students in April. Out of 146 applicants, the Fund distributed scholarships to 35 college students and 18 high school students. The college students each received between $2,000 and $6,500. Eighteen high school students received $1,500 each. Eight of the high school winners and two of the college winners received the Deloitte Foundation NJCPA Scholars Awards. The Fund also distributed NJCPA/American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Minority Scholarships as well as NJCPA/National Association of Black Accountants – Northern New Jersey Chapter Awards and several in-name of awards. The scholarships were based on academic performance, standardized test scores, essays and personal interviews.

Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients:

High School Awards ($1,500)

  • Andreea Bercu, Ridgefield Park Junior/Senior High School
  • Samuel Fu, Millburn Senior High School
  • Devin Guinnelly, Montville Township High School
  • Emma  Harverson, West Deptford High School
  • Sean Parchesky, Washington Township High School
  • Catherine Peng, Parsippany Hills High School
  • Emily Ryan, Washington Township High School
  • Gianna Scaglione, Wayne Valley High School
  • David Szemak, Manalapan High School
  • Christina Vitale, Park Ridge High School

Deloitte Foundation NJCPA Scholars Awards ($1,500-$6,500)

  • Justin Aska, West Orange High School
  • Jacob Castillo, West Orange High School
  • Sheryl  Francis, Saint Peter’s University
  • Dadrienne Johnson, Rahway High School
  • Michael McArthur, Williamstown High School
  • Samuel Rodas, Dwight Morrow High School
  • Madison Scott, Dwight Morrow High School
  • Kisha Shah, Sayreville War Memorial High School
  • Joshua Tidwell, Union High School
  • Tyler Woods, Seton Hall University

College Awards ($2,000-$6,500)

  • Jake Forestiere, William Paterson University of New Jersey
  • John Gonzalez, Rutgers School of Business – Camden
  • Sigal Khodara, Monmouth University
  • Aristides Papoutsakis, Georgian Court University    
  • Tabata Patino, Saint Peter’s University

In Name of College Awards ($2,000-$6,500)

  • Bowman & Company, LLP – In Memory of John F. Dailey Jr.
    Reno Schwind, William Paterson University of New Jersey
  • Bowman & Company, LLP – In Memory of Lisa Donahue
    Kira Nevshehirlian, Rowan University
  • Citrin Cooperman (Untracht Early)
    Lily Fuchs, Rowan University
  • CohnReznick
    Samantha Ruby, Seton Hall University
  • Council of Past Presidents
    Cristian De Los Santos, Rutgers University – Camden
  • EisnerAmper LLP
    Giselle Mendez, Fairleigh Dickinson University – Metropolitan Campus
  • Frazer Evangelista & Company LLP
    Alexander Aroneo, Seton Hall University
  • Frederick and Lenore Horn
    Reema Herskovits, Fairleigh Dickinson University – Lakewood
    Erin Murphy, Seton Hall University
  • Holman Frenia
    Debbie Sanchez, Rider University
  • Mazars USA LLP
    Oluyinka Osunsanya, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • In Honor of NJCPA CEO and Executive Director Ralph Albert Thomas
    Alessandro Memmolo, Saint Peter’s University
  • In Honor of NJCPA Past President Frank Boutillette
    Bolakale Ayuba, Rutgers Business School – Newark
  • In Honor of NJCPA Past President Michael Polito
    David Monsalve, Seton Hall University
  • In Memory of Howard Bookbinder
    Todd Natale, Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • In Memory of NJCPA Past President John F. Dailey, Jr.
    Renee Burns, Monmouth University
  • In Memory of NJCPA Past President John S. Lee
    Milad Banisadeghian, Saint Peter’s University
  • In Memory of NJCPA Past President Z. Thaddeus Zawacki
    Amanda Gelber, Seton Hall University
    Lauren Gelber, Seton Hall University
  • PKF O’Connor Davies – In Memory of Stephen Mannuzza
    Ashley De La Rosa-Hanlon, Kean University
  • Smolin Lupin
    Ethan Pizarro, The College of New Jersey
  • WilkinGuttenplan – In Memory of Jules C. Frankel
    Brenda Chavez Ramos, Rider University
  • WithumSmith+Brown
    Michael Bargna, The College of New Jersey
    Sarah Sarna, Rutgers Business School – New Brunswick

Minority Scholarships ($5,500)

  • NJCPA/American Institute of CPAs
    Gianna Morra, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
    Maryam Skairek, Montclair State University
  • NJCPA/National Association of Black Accountants Northern New Jersey Chapter
    Briana Anane, The College of New Jersey
    Reality Nafisa, Rutgers University – Newark
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