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Scholarship Recipients

Supporting the future of the accounting profession

Society Foundation Awards Scholarships


Since 1976, the Foundation of the Nebraska Society of CPAs has supported the future of the CPA profession in Nebraska by sponsoring scholarships for accounting students attending Nebraska colleges and universities.

This year, the Society’s Foundation contributed $95,000 in scholarships to accounting students at 14 Nebraska colleges and universities. This translated to scholarships for 74 college accounting students across the state for the 2023-2024 school year. The scholarships ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 each.

Pictured above are the 2023-2024 scholarship recipients who attended the Nebraska Society of CPAs' Annual Meeting & Fall Conference!

Since the 150-hour education requirement was enacted into law, the Foundation has specifically assisted students who are in pursuit of a Master of Accounting and those who are at the end of their schooling to meet the education requirement. Of the 74 scholarships, 21 went to students in the final semester of their 150-hour requirement. In addition, four one-year scholarships are presented in honor of the Society’s 2023 award recipients. Another two of the scholarships honor the previous Society executives:  Arnold Magnuson led the Society from 1958 to 1990 and Dan Vodvarka from 1990 to 2018.


Now in its second year are 15 "Build the Pipeline" Scholarships, which have been funded and sponsored by the following generous members:

  • Dennis D. Blackman, Elkhorn (2 scholarships)
  • Ryan L. Burger, Lincoln
  • E. Lyle Kinley, Jr., Omaha
  • Donald D. Kluthe, Omaha (2 scholarships)
  • Lawrence R. Kopsa, Larry & Maggie Kopsa Charitable Foundation, York
  • Fred A. Lockwood, Lockwood Foundation, Scottsbluff
  • Mark F. Manning, Crete (2 scholarships)
  • Matthew & Teri Mercer, Elkhorn
  • Tricia K. Riggins, Gretna
  • Michelle R. Thornburg, Omaha
  • Thomas J. Von Riesen, Omaha
  • Sean & Becky Wolfe, McCook 

We also supported 35 other accounting students through our general accounting scholarships before these individuals arrive at the final stage of their academic career.

Congratulations to each and every one of this year’s scholarship recipients. These are some of the best and brightest in Nebraska and soon-to-be future leaders of the CPA profession in our state.

We also applaud all of Nebraska’s college and university accounting instructors and administrators. Educators play a critical role in the lives of our students and the long-term success of the accounting profession and we appreciate all they do!

Please support the future of the accounting profession by making a donation to the Society’s Foundation today.