Sofia Gomez is a Fisher School of Accounting student

Fisher student receives respected scholarship

Fisher School of Accounting student Sofia Gomez received the 2021-22 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) academic scholarship. The scholarship will cover $10,000 worth of tuition, fees, books and supplies.

Gomez will graduate in 2022 with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting.

“This scholarship will help alleviate the financial burden my family and I incur to support my continued education, and it will propel me to succeed as I continue in my professional journey,” Gomez said. “Furthermore, this scholarship is a testament to my hard work and dedication over the past four years, which would not have been possible without the support of my family. I am incredibly grateful and honored.”

Gomez completed two internships with Ernst & Young during the summers of 2019 and 2020. In those internships, she worked in different service lines including assurance, forensics, tax, and advisory while gaining insight into the functions of a global organization. Gomez discovered her passion for assurance through the internships. This summer, she is participating in an audit internship with Ernst & Young in Miami, Fla.

The Fisher School played an integral role in her professional and personal development.

“The Fisher School’s rigorous course load has challenged me academically and provided me with the tools and opportunities to grow as an individual,” Gomez said. “I am grateful to my professors for their guidance and inspiration.”

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires that monetary penalties imposed by the PCAOB in its disciplinary proceedings be used to fund merit scholarships for students in accredited accounting degree programs. The PCAOB scholarship program was established to provide a source of funding to encourage outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to pursue a career in auditing.

The scholarship is merit-based and is available to students who meet the following criteria: students who are enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program in accounting, demonstrate an interest and aptitude in accounting and demonstrate high ethical standards. Educational institutions are statistically selected to provide student nominations and are encouraged to consider students from populations that have been historically underrepresented in the accounting profession.

The PCAOB is a nonprofit corporation established by Congress to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect investors and the public interest by promoting informative, accurate and independent audit reports. The PCAOB oversees the audits of brokers and dealers, including compliance reports filed pursuant of federal securities laws, to promote investor protection.