WTAMU Student Receives PCAOB Scholarship

July 14, 2014

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WTAMU Student Receives PCAOB Scholarship

CANYON, Texas—Jessica Ehlers, a graduate student in the Master of Professional Accounting program at West Texas A&M University, is the recipient of a $10,000 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) scholarship.

Ehlers is from Reeder, N.D., and will graduate in May 2015. She is a member of the WT Rodeo team, where she competes in breakaway and team roping. The business school, rodeo program and warmer weather drew her to West Texas A&M University.

Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, monetary penalties imposed by the PCAOB must be used to fund merit scholarships for students in accredited accounting degree programs. The Board has established the PCAOB Scholarship Program to provide a source of funding to encourage outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to pursue a career in auditing. Accredited U.S. colleges and universities that award bachelor’s or master’s degrees in accounting and report the number of degrees awarded using the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System are eligible to be selected to nominate students for the scholarships.