Press Release: Lititz Resident Wins Collegiate Accounting Essay Contest

PHILADELPHIA - Hannah Row, of Lititz, Pa., won the $2,000 first-place prize in the 2011 Student Writing Competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).
Row, a junior at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, earned the top prize out of 127 entries for her essay examining the options available to meet the newly expanded education requirement to obtain a CPA license. An award of $1,000 was presented to Pittsburgh University at Greensburg's accounting program for Row's essay.
"It feels amazing to have been chosen as a scholarship award recipient and to have been recognized by a professional organization," said Row. "I am very grateful for having had this opportunity."
Entries in this annual contest come from undergraduate accounting and business majors attending Pennsylvania colleges and universities, as well as Pennsylvania residents who attend out-of-state colleges or universities and who major in the same fields.
Christopher Decker, of Forty Fort, Pa., earned $1,200 for finishing second. The accounting program at Ursinus College recieved $600 for Decker's essay. Lauren Hoffman, of Wenonah, N.J., won $800 for finishing third. The accounting program at Widener University was awarded $400 for her essay.
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Contact Jacqueline Barnard, communications administrator, at or (267) 675-6255, or Kathleen Miller, communications manager, at or (215) 972-6188, to set up an interview with a CPA.

The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants is a professional association of more than 20,000 members who work in public accounting, industry, government, and education. Founded in 1897, PICPA is the second-oldest state CPA organization in the United States. To find a member CPA in your area, visit our website at and click on CPA Locator.