The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Allen has been named the new Director of the FICPA Scholarship Foundation.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to take the Foundation to the next level,” Allen said. “I believe my relationships with educators, students, and young CPAs will help the Foundation execute its new mission and vision, as we develop a complete career journey for accounting professionals.”
Allen first joined the FICPA in 2015. In seven years, she has consistently expanded her role working with the FICPA’s student and educator members, progressing from Student Initiatives Manager to Emerging Professionals Manager to the Institute’s Director of Career Development.
Prior to joining the FICPA, Allen worked in the Student Activities and Leadership departments at Jacksonville State University, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
"Jennifer is the perfect person to lead the Foundation at this time, given our expanded mission to support current and future CPAs along the entire career pathway,” FICPA President & CEO Shelly Weir said. “Her rich expertise in student affairs and career development will help to position the Foundation for the future."
Allen will now help execute the Scholarship Foundation’s vision of “attracting talent and strengthening the accounting profession in Florida” and its mission “to provide support and foster success for current and future CPAs.”
Under her leadership and the guidance of its Board of Trustees, the Foundation aims to provide scholarships to Florida’s accounting students; help create career advancement opportunities for current CPAs; encourage, support and promote diversity to create a more inclusive profession; provide a bridge between students, academia and the business community; and develop students and Young CPAs as future leaders within the profession and their communities.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Allen as our new Director," said Foundation Chair Carshena Allison. "Jennifer is an innovative, forward-thinking leader who's already forged strong relationships with students, educators and young CPAs throughout the state. We are excited to realize the Foundation's expanded mission and vision with Jennifer guiding us forward."
Since its inception in 1959, the FICPA Scholarship Foundation has disbursed more than $4 million in scholarship funds to help reduce the burden of entry into the CPA profession. The Foundation recently named its Class of 2022, awarding scholarships to 74 accounting students across the state. These future CPAs will be honored in a series of Scholarship Nights hosted this fall in Orlando on Oct. 21, Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 10, and in Tampa on Nov. 16.