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PhD Students Awarded KPMG Foundation Scholarship

October 24, 2011
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For the second year in a row, a doctoral accounting student from the School of Business has been awarded a $10,000 KPMG Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship from the KPMG Foundation. Andreya Marie Silva received the award for the 2011-2012 academic year – an award that is renewable for up to five years at $10,000 per year.  The KPMG Foundation, which aims to increase the completion rate among minority doctoral accounting students, also renewed the award for School of Business doctoral accounting student John Barrios, who first received the award last year.

Barrios, who plans on teaching and pursuing research, says the scholarship has been extremely beneficial because it has allowed him the opportunity to focus on Earnings Management and Corporate Governance research and begin working on his dissertation.

“Because of the KPMG scholarship, I am able to dedicate my time to developing my research while not having to worry as much about the financial strains usually encountered by doctoral students,” he says. “It’s a great help.”

Since 1994, the KPMG Foundation has awarded more than $10 million to 297 minority scholars pursuing doctorate degrees as part of a commitment to increase the representation of minority students in business schools. In addition to providing scholarships, the foundation also hosts seminars and conferences for students across the country to speak with experts, discuss research and study current trends in the field.

Bernard J. Milano, president of the KPMG Foundation says Silva and Barrios “have demonstrated that dedication, hard work and ambition pay off. Like all our scholarship recipients, they are key to our country’s future and we look forward to following their success after graduation,” he says.

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