Press Release: Wenonah Resident Wins Collegiate Accounting Essay Contest

PHILADELPHIA - Lauren Hoffman, of Wenonah, N.J., won the $800 third-place prize in the 2011 Student Writing Competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).
Hoffman, a May 2011 graduate of Widener University, earned the prize for her essay examining the options available to students to meet the newly expanded education requirement to obtain a CPA license. The accounting program at Widener University was awarded $400 for Hoffman's essay.
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 fields.
Hannah Row, of Lititz, Pa., won the $2,000 first-place prize for her essay. An award of $1,000 was presented to Pittsburgh University at Greensburg's accounting program for Row's essay. Christopher Decker, of Forty Fort, Pa., earned $1,200 for finishing second. The accounting program at Ursinus College earned $600 for Decker's essay.
Students and educators who are interested in learning more about PICPA student award programs, scholarship opportunities, and careers in accounting should visit www.picpa.org.

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Contact Jacqueline Barnard, communications administrator, at jbarnard@picpa.org or (267) 675-6255, or Kathleen Miller, communications manager, at kmiller@picpa.org 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 www.picpa.org and click on CPA Locator.