Five ethnically diverse students receive up to $20,000 in scholarships and internships with public accounting firms during the 2021 busy season.

Pleasanton (September 8, 2020) – Sensiba San Filippo LLP (SSF), a leading Northern California-based accounting and business consulting firm, is pleased to announce the participation in The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) 2020 George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship and Internship Program and the announcement of the five recipients.

The George Willie program provides a scholarship and internship to five ethnic minority accounting students who intend to pursue a CPA. The AICPA provides a scholarship of up to $20,000 to each student to assist with their final academic year. In addition, each recipient is given an internship during the 2021 busy season (January to April) sponsored by one of the AICPA’s Private Company Practice Section (PCPS) member firms.

“Practical experience gained through an internship helps prepare accounting students for a successful career as a CPA,” said Carl Peterson, CPA, CGMA, Association International of Certified Professional Accountants’ vice president of small firm interests. “This program gives students that hands-on experience and financial support to complete education, while also providing our firms qualified candidates to assist them during their busy season.”

Recipients of the scholarship, where they will be interning, and their universities of study are listed below:

Tairu Jozaitis: OnTarget CPA; Purdue University (Northwest)

Maria Moy: Boyum Barenscheer; University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Audie Murphy: Aronson; University of Baltimore

Thi Thuy Nguyen: Sensiba San Filippo; California State University, Los Angeles

Amber Richmond: Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck; University of Memphis

This program was created in honor of George Willie, CPA, CGMA, a former chair of AICPA’s PCPS Executive Committee and the AICPA Minority Initiatives Committee. Throughout his nearly four-decades-long career, Willie has promoted the benefits of a career in accounting to students and young professionals in pursuit of the CPA designation.

“The George Willie program is a great opportunity to help build diversity within the profession,” said Shelly Frazier, senior manager of diversity and inclusion for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. “It supports the accounting student pipeline for ethnic minorities that our profession is in such great need of, and it helps them transition into the profession. Simultaneously, it offers firms a new opportunity toward improving the diversity in their workplace. So far, the program has been a “win” for both the student/pipeline and the firms/profession.”

The program is open to ethnic minority students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting or an accounting-related major and who plan to sit for the CPA exam. Full eligibility requirements are available online.

About Sensiba San Filippo

With over 40 years of experience, Sensiba San Filippo LLP (SSF) ranks among the region’s top 20 public accounting firms. Offering comprehensive assurance, tax and consulting services, the Firm has a regional focus with global expertise. As a member of Morison KSI, SSF is a part of an international association of affiliated accounting firms that supports their clients’ global business needs in over 88 countries. Headquartered in Pleasanton, the Firm has offices in San Mateo, San Jose, Morgan Hill, Fresno and San Francisco. For more information, visit



Jennifer Cantero
Sensiba San Filippo LLP