Bradley grad wins AICPA scholarship

October 11, 2011

By Elise Dismer ’13

She knew graduate school wasn’t cheap, but she wasn’t going to let money get in the way of an education.

For Sarah Rayfield ’11, a graduate of Bradley’s accounting program, applying for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Accountemps Scholarship seemed like a logical solution.

But competing against 463 other applicants for only five spots seemed tough.

“I’m shocked that all that work finally came to fruition,” Rayfield said.

When the AICPA announced the 2011 scholarship winners, Rayfield’s name was on the list.

“I feel very honored to have been selected,” Rayfield said. “I really appreciate the support that the AICPA gives to accounting students as they try to further their education.”

The AICPA is an organization devoted to making available resources and information that will ultimately enable its members to provide better professional services to the public, employers and clients.

It awards $2,500 per year to select undergraduate and graduate accounting majors who aspire to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), who demonstrate academic excellence and who show exceptional leadership.

Rayfield said she was grateful to receive such a prestigious scholarship from the AICPA.

“The rewarding part was that it was a long process and I knew how competitive it was,” she said.

Rayfield, who is now pursuing her Master of Science in Accounting at the University of Virginia, hopes that her success will inspire other students at Bradley to do the same.

“Honestly, I think that my accounting education at Bradley really contributed to my success,” Rayfield said. “I think it would be great for other accounting majors at Bradley to see the opportunities that are available and pursue them.”

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