The MSCPA Educational Foundation Scholarship Program


The MSCPA Educational Foundation Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of public accounting firms, private companies and individuals throughout the Commonwealth. Recipients are undergraduate or graduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence, financial need and intent to pursue a career in accounting. Thank you for your generous support!


Platinum Sponsorship: $10,000 minimum donation

Platinum level sponsors will receive:

Gold Sponsorship: $5,000 minimum donation

Gold level sponsors will receive:

Silver Alliance Sponsorship: $2,500 minimum donation

Silver level sponsors will receive:

Bronze Alliance Sponsorship: $1,000 minimum donation

Bronze level sponsors will receive:

Small Firm Sponsorship: $500 (firms with 10 or fewer professionals)

To increase the number of CPA Exam participants and to help defray the costs associated with the Exam, the Society will hold a lottery for $500 award vouchers to Massachusetts candidates planning to sit for the Exam between May 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022.

Small Firm Sponsors will receive:

Individual Contributions

We also welcome individual donations at any amount. Individual contributions will help fund other initiatives of the Foundation that support their mission. For information about the Educational Foundation and all its initiatives, click here.

Thank you from a few of our scholarship recipients:


Thank you to those who have donated (as of 3/25/21):

Gold Alliance Sponsors
Edelstein & Company LLP
Eva Lohrer, CPA

Silver Alliance Sponsors
Baker Newman Noyes
Citrin Cooperman, LLP
DGC (DiCicco, Gulman & Company LLP)
Johnson O'Connor
O'Connor & Drew, P.C.
Powers & Sullivan LLC
Stone & Company
tonneson + co
Wolf & Company, P.C.

Bronze Alliance Sponsors
Anthony & Dodge, PC
Katz Nannis + Solomon PC
McLane Middleton
Nichols & Company, CPA, PC
Sullivan Bille, P.C.

Small Firm Sponsors
Castro Thresher & Oliveira PC
Gannon CPA, LLC
Kurzman, Dempsey & Kowalker, LLP

Morgan & Morgan PC
Schwartz & Schwartz, P.C.
Waldron Rand

Individual Contributions

William Agnesian
John Antonelli Jr., CPA
Laurie Austin, CPA
Carol Benintendi, CPA
Shay Blanchett-Proulx, CPA
Edward Boyd Jr., CPA
Mary Buletza, CPA, PFS
Elise Caputi, CPA
Jeff Caputi, CPA
Cynthia Caruso, CPA, JD
William Casey, Jr.
Jim Castro, CPA
Andrew Cohen, CPA
John Colucci, CPA, JD
Richard Couture
Elizabeth DiRusso, CPA
Jennifer Elder, CPA, CFF, CGMA
Tara Ellis
Doug Fiebelkorn, CPA, JD
Barbara Iannoni
Luke Kalinoski, CPA
Deepak Karki
David Kelleher, CPA, CGMA
Maureen Kynoch
Douglas Leatham, CPA
Raymond Levesque, CPA, CGMA
Kwame Lewis, CPA
Steve MacDonald, CPA, CGMA
Bill Mahoney, CPA
Ed Mann, CPA
Eliott Morra, CPA
Wendy Nasser
MaryLouise Nunes
Laura O'Brien, CPA
Bruce Patz
Gordon Parry, CPA
MJ Potvin
Richard Powell, CPA, CGMA
Merrill Puopolo
John Russell, CPA
Andrew Schwartz, CPA
Katie Seekell, CPA
Matthew Shedd, CPA, CGMA
Bonnie Simmons, CPA
Ronald Surabian, CPA, CFP
Michael Tucci, CPA
Charlotte Walsh
Sean Wandrei
Alice Watson, CPA
Jim Wegmann, CPA
Kathleen Ziminski

To make a donation to the MSCPA’s Educational Foundation, visit or contact Erica DeBiase at

Scholarship Information

Your donation will fund the following scholarships, which the MSCPA will award to students in 2021:

The David J. Clarkson, CPA, Memorial Scholarship ($10,000)
In honor and remembrance of Dave Clarkson’s passion, dedication and impact on the accounting profession through his service in public accounting, academia and volunteerism, the MSCPA Educational Foundation is proud to dedicate a $10,000 scholarship annually in his memory. Dave was a former MSCPA board member and a longtime board member of the Education Foundation.

Kathleen M. Peabody, CPA, Memorial Scholarship ($2,500)
The Kathleen M. Peabody Memorial Scholarship Fund is sponsored by the employees of Wolf and Company to remember Kathy, a former employee who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1995. Her commitment to technical expertise and client service, coupled with her easy-going, sincere manner made Kathy a true professional in every sense of the word. This scholarship was established to reward promising students who reflect Kathy’s values and aspire to become truly exceptional public accounting professionals.

Gregory T. O’Gorman, CPA, Memorial Scholarship ($5,000)
Greg T. O'Gorman, CPA was a Partner at CRR CPA and had been with the firm for almost a decade. He was a leader, a mentor, and a friend to everyone at the firm. He is greatly missed by all of his colleagues and the many clients he has worked closely with over the years. CRR is pleased to have created a memorial scholarship fund in memory of their friend and colleague who lot a courageous battle with cancer in November of 2018.

MSCPA Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
To encourage Black and African American students who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need to pursue a career in accounting in Massachusetts.

President's Scholarship ($5,000)
Sponsored by the MSCPA's President and CEO Amy Pitter, this scholarship is to encourage individuals who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need to pursue a career in the accounting profession in Massachusetts.

The Alliance Scholarships ($2,500/$5,000)
Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of public accounting firms and private companies throughout the Commonwealth.

Barbara M. Iannoni Scholarship ($5,000)
Barbara M. Iannoni was a 20-year employee of the MSCPA before her retirement in June 2018. It was Barbara’s passion and work ethic that led to the creation of the MSCPA’s many high school and college outreach programs, and her devotion to helping support students pursue their own passion that led to the development of the MSCPA Educational Foundation’s Scholarship Program. Under Barbara’s leadership, the Foundation raised and awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships to Massachusetts accounting students.

This scholarship is awarded to a student that embodies Barbara Iannoni’s work ethic, spirit and dedication to the accounting profession.

Women in Accounting Scholarship ($2,500)
The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage women who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need to pursue an accounting career in Massachusetts.

MSCPA/ALPFA Scholarship 
The award program is administered by the Educational Foundation of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. and made possible by the generosity of the ALPFA and the Educational Foundation of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA).

High School Student Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship 
The Diversity & Inclusion scholarship is earmarked for a student of an underrepresented race that has graduated from an MSCPA summer CA.M.P./ACAP program.

CPA Exam Lottery ($500 to each recipient)
In an effort to increase the number of test takers and defray Exam costs, the Society will hold a lottery to award vouchers in the amount of $500 to candidates planning to sit for the Exam as a Massachusetts candidate between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.

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