UW-Eau Claire accounting student receives $10,000 accounting scholarship
Kristine M. O'Brien, a senior University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire accounting student from Lake City, MN, is the recipient of a $10,000 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. She is one of 52 students from across the United States and the only student from a Wisconsin public or private college or university to receive the award. O’Brien was nominated for the scholarship by the UW-Eau Claire accounting faculty.
The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Scholarship Program was created to satisfy the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 which stipulated that funds generated from the collection of monetary penalties imposed by the PCAOB must be used to fund a merit scholarship program for students in accredited accounting degree programs. 2011 is the first year the PCAOB has awarded the scholarship.