Student Ambassadors: Building the CPA pipeline

Pipeline is a word that has long been associated with attracting students to the study of accounting and careers in the CPA profession. Ensuring that the pipeline is full of qualified students is a challenge that The Ohio CPA Foundation has focused on through a variety of programs that inform students about the profession and inspire them to pursue CPA careers. 

Since its inception in 2002, the Student Ambassador Program has introduced thousands of Ohio college students to the opportunities and benefits that come with an accounting degree. Student Ambassadors employ the power of peer-to-peer networking to reach students who have not yet declared a major with information about accounting and the CPA profession. 

Student Ambassadors are accounting majors who are in their junior, senior, fifth year or enrolled in a graduate-level accounting program. They are chosen from participating schools based on academic achievement, as well as traits such as an outgoing personality, strong communication and presentation skills, and commitment to a career as a CPA.  

The Student Ambassador Program operates at 15 universities. With the help of the Ambassadors, students have a better understanding of rewarding career opportunities that come with an accounting degree and the benefits of becoming a CPA.

2013 – 2014 Student Ambassadors

  • Ashland University: Nick Kemmerle
  • Case Western Reserve University: Nick DeVioto
  • Cleveland State University: Meaghan McIntyre
  • Bowling Green State University: Natalie Dowe
  • Kent State University: Bryan Haas
  • Miami University: Rachel Ickes
  • Ohio State University: Brandy Alexander
  • Ohio University: Karl Bobsein
  • University of Akron: Ben Barr
  • University of Cincinnati: Ian Clark
  • University of Dayton: Brittany Rajecki
  • University of Toledo: Megan Massi
  • Wright State University: Brandon Yanak
  • Xavier University: Marc Kemen
  • Youngstown State University: Chris Bzinak