College Residency Program Teaches Minority High School Students About Accounting, College, Business And Leadership

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The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) will host 45 high school and state college students from across Florida during its 14th annual Minority Summer Residency Program (MSRP), to be held June 10-14 at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

MSRP is a college residency program designed to increase minority high school students' awareness of and interest in the accounting profession. It includes seminars on college preparation, financial literacy, leadership, interpersonal and communications skills and accounting and finance. According to a report from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), minorities account for only seven percent of the CPAs employed by accounting firms. 

"This program gives us an exceptional opportunity to cultivate interest in accounting and attract talented minorities to the CPA profession early on when they are making career decisions," said FICPA President/CEO, Deborah L. Curry, CGMA. The residency program also highlights the variety of business-related career opportunities the accounting profession offers, debunking the myth that all accountants just crunch numbers and prepare taxes.

"When one thinks of the word 'accounting' as a profession, the first thought is numbers,  a cubicle and a 9-to-5 job that requires you to punch numbers and do taxes five days a week for the rest of your career as shown on television," said Esther Saintil, a South Florida resident, and former MSRP attendee. "However, television is not real life and neither is the misleading portrayal of an accounting career. Accounting is the language of business and is probably the best major in the field of business administration as a career choice. At first I wanted nothing to do with accounting; this program has proved I simply cannot do without it."

In addition to on-campus seminars at USF, students will visit the Tampa offices of accounting firms Ernst & Young LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. They will view the business operations of the Caspers Company McDonald's, and the renowned, 107-year-old Columbia Restaurant.

This year, 80 nominations from highly qualified students were received. A team from the FICPA Accounting Careers Committee reviewed the nominations and made the difficult decisions about whom to invite.  The weeklong program costs $75 and full scholarships were awarded to eligible students. Funding for the program is provided through corporate, individual and professional association sponsorships. 

"My experience in the program was unforgettable," Saintil said. "Each day brought a greater understanding of the accounting profession. Those four days were an adventure into growth, interaction and awareness of the vast opportunities that accounting has to offer in the world today."

Interview Attendees
Included is a list of students (alpha by city) who will participate in the 2012 Minority Summer Residency Program. We are happy to facilitate an interview with the student(s) in your area or provide more information. Please call Brenda Hubbard at (850) 224-2727, Ext. 419, or email her at hubbardb@ficpa.org.

More Information about MSRP Available Online
http://www.ficpa.org/Content/FutureCPAs/Students/Programs.aspx

About the FICPA
Founded in 1905, the Florida Institute of CPAs is a Tallahassee-based, statewide, professional association representing member-CPAs throughout Florida. With a membership of more than 18,500 CPAs, the Institute's mission is to serve the diverse needs of its members; enhance their competency and professionalism; support professional standards; promote the value of our members; and advocate on behalf of the profession. For complete information about the FICPA, visit www.ficpa.org.

As of May 31, 2012 (44 students)

GAINESVILLE/ NORTH FLORIDA

Gainesville
Santa Fe College
Aminata Ouedraogo

Fort White
Fort White High School
Trey Phillips

Jasper
Hamilton County High School
Madihah Tomoney

FT. LAUDERDALE/ BROWARD

Coral Springs
JP Taravella High School
Dominic Gargiulo

Coral Springs
JP Taravella High School
Damian Kopec

Coral Springs
JP Taravella High School
Alexander Quintero

Coral Springs
JP Taravella High School
Jazmine Rivera

Ft. Lauderdale
Stranahan High School
Denis Louis

Margate
Fort Lauderdale High School
Jonathan Delvarice

JACKSONVILLE

Jacksonville
Paxon School for Advanced Studies
Crisellyson Soliman

LAKELAND

Lakeland
Lake Gibson High School
Keymiya Washington

Lakeland
Tenoroc High School
Diamond Bell

Eagle Lake
Lake Region Senior High School
Maribel Ramirez

MIAMI

Miami
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame
Nicholas Salow

Miami
Miami Dade College
Rummesa Abrar

Miami
Dr. Michael Krop High School
Omari Lovelace

Miami Gardens
Monsignor Pace High School
Justin Pou

ORLANDO/ CENTRAL FLORIDA

Orlando
University High School
Cecil (Isaih) Battiste

Orlando
Cypress Creek High School
Carla Rene

Oviedo
Paul J. Hagerty High School
Steven Kuzma

SARASOTA/ BRADENTON/
FT. MYERS

Bradenton
Southeast High School
Jennifer Caba

Bradenton
State College of Florida
Travis Lewis

Bradenton
Manatee High School
Alison Miller

Fort Myers
Dunbar High School
Shantyria Jacob

Fort Myers
Cypress Lake High School
Anna-Kay Woolley

Fort Myers
Dunbar High School
David Deceus

Palmetto
Palmetto High School
Brittany Rumph

TALLAHASSEE

Quincy
West Gadsden High School
Eric McMillan

Tallahassee
Lawton Chiles High School
Elizabeth Wang

TAMPA         

Brandon
Brandon High School
Bernice Campbell

Brandon
Brandon High School
Jasmine Mendez

Brooksville
Central High School
Syclair Jones

Plant City
Plant City High School
Ociel Aguilar

Riverview
Riverview Senior High School
Benino Guerrero

Ruskin
Lennard High School
Victoria Martinez

Seffner
Armwood High School
Matthew Alexander

Tampa
Bloomingdale High School
Leyla Martinez

Tampa
Leon King High School
Nuri Matthew

Tampa
Leon King High School
Kunaal Murthy

VOLUSIA

Melbourne
Palm Bay High School
Ana Parra

Port Orange
Spruce Creek High School
Christopher Evans

WEST PALM/ BOCA RATON

Boca Raton
Spanish River High School
Kathleen Basile

Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Gardens High School
Dexter Penick

Royal Palm Beach
Royal Palm Beach High School
Lionel Munoz

LAST UPDATED 6/4/2012