BVU student among three Iowa CPA Education Foundation scholarship winners

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
James Falter, Dean, Harold Walter Siebens School of Business, Buena Vista University awards the scholarship to Sarah Konz.

The Iowa Society of CPAs (ISCPA) awarded three $2,500 Iowa CPA Education Foundation scholarships at their Annual Meeting & Leadership to accounting students who are pursuing a goal of becoming a certified public accountant.

The foundation offers scholarships to selected students who:

• Are an Iowa resident;

• Attend an NCA and/or AACSB accredited educational institution in Iowa;

• Maintain a 3.0 GPA or better;

• Have completed at least 60 semester hours of college credit, including 12 semester hours in accounting;

• Provide an essay on why they want to become a CPA; and

• Are a student affiliate of ISCPA.

Recipients for the 2017-18 academic year are Erin Dolecheck, Graceland University, Sarah Konz, Buena Vista University, and Joy D. Krei, Morningside College. These students were selected by the Iowa CPA Education Foundation Advisory Committee comprised of ISCPA members.

Erin Dolecheck of Kellerton will be a senior at Graceland University in Lamoni this fall. Dolecheck says that obtaining her CPA credential is an integral part of both her career and personal goals. She hopes to return to her hometown upon receiving her CPA certificate where she plans to work as a financial advisor, consultant and tax preparer to serve her community. “I believe that possessing a CPA is a symbol of trust and professionalism that is recognized across industries and regions and will help me be a more effective leader in my community,” Dolecheck shared.

Sarah Konz of Granville will be a senior at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake this fall. Konz describes her journey to becoming a certified public accountant as a path that was planned out early in life. “Growing up in the midst of a family business exposed me to the exciting and challenging world of business. Throughout my first three years at BVU, I have been given numerous opportunities to challenge my intellectual abilities and learn new materials. I look forward to pursing my CPA certificate so that I may interact with people in the business world and become a key player in helping businesses and individuals become successful,” stated Konz.

Joy D. Krei of Sioux City will be a graduating senior at Morningside College in Sioux City this fall. While taking her first accounting course at Morningside College, Krei discovered her natural ability with numbers and her passion for solving problems and analyzing data. She soon realized that her dream is much like that of her grandmother’s, a strong woman who demonstrated much tenacity and successfully passed the CPA examination at the age of 62. “I aspire to become a CPA and have the opportunity to learn for a lifetime, just as my grandmother did. Becoming a CPA is the next step for me to begin a rewarding and esteemed career,” said Krei.

“It was a great year for our growing scholarship program,” said ISCPA CEO Cindy Adams. “It’s rewarding to know that we have provided some financial assistance to these future CPAs on their path to graduation. As leaders on campus and in their communities, these students have a great potential for success in the profession.”

For more information about the Iowa CPA Education Foundation, visit www.iacpa.org.