Scholarship Day recognizes Ohio’s top accounting students

Jun 27, 2013
Several of the state’s most accomplished accounting students spent an afternoon with OSCPA members demonstrating their awareness and understanding of issues facing the profession. Competing for a scholarship award of $3,000, candidates expressed their knowledge through a series of interviews with member judges.

Lauren Romick, a senior studying accounting and international business at Kent State University, received first place honors as the 2013 Scholarship Day award recipient.

“We were all so nervous to hear the results. We spent a month preparing for the event. I was very shocked and excited when I heard my name,” Romick said. “I couldn’t believe that I won!”

A second standout candidate, Brendan Karchner, was named runner-up. Karchner, a senior studying business administration with a specialization in accounting at The Ohio State University, was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

“I was very excited when I was chosen for the award. It was an honor to be named to the top five and be invited to Scholarship Day with such a deserving group, let alone be picked to receive additional scholarship money. It was a great experience and I’m so happy that I was able to be involved,” Karchner said.

Earlier this year, each participant won a $2,000 award as part of The Ohio CPA Foundation’s annual statewide scholarship program, making them eligible to complete for the additional award. During Scholarship Day, students engaged in a series of fast-paced, individual interviews with OSCPA members who served as judges for the event. Candidates completed the interview process by answering questions before a panel comprised of all of the judges.

“All of the candidates for Scholarship Day were extremely well prepared this year,” said member judge, Sharon Reisman, CPA. “Their answers to our questions were both insightful and thought provoking.”

“I learned a lot about The Ohio Society of CPAs, the CPA profession, and current issues facing public accounting,” Romick said. “I really enjoyed speaking with the professionals about community service and our role as the future of the profession.” 

Romick will graduate in May 2014 and hopes to complete all four sections of the CPA Exam soon after.  She plans to work in public accounting in Cleveland where she intends to make partner.

A special thanks to the following OSCPA members for volunteering as Scholarship Day judges:
  • Jim Bronder, CPA, The University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Jerry Esselstein, CPA, Jerry L. Esselstein Company, LLC
  • Peter Margaritis, CPA, Peter A. Margaritis, LLC
  • Sharon Reisman, CPA, Clark Schaefer Hackett
Congratulations to all of the 2013 Ohio CPA Foundation scholarship recipients:
  • Logan Holman, Xavier University
  • Brenden Karchner, The Ohio State University
  • Lauren Romick, Kent State University
  • Lida Shen, John Carroll University
  • Emily Topp, Grove City College
  • Michael Yee, Miami University