Funds That Support Accountancy

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Make a Difference for Accountancy Students

Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for accountancy students. You can use the Donate button to give online. Thank you!

Accountancy Program Fund

This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs.

  • Faculty and students can travel to a conference to present their research.
  • Faculty can take part in a special opportunity to update their skills. Professors need to be aware of the latest developments in their field, so that they can pass this knowledge on to their students.
  • The department can purchase special equipment, test materials, resources, or training modules to help our students attain success and achieve their goals.

These activities and others like them enrich our students immeasurably, enhancing the education they receive at UIS—but we could not do any of them without the discretionary money given to this fund.

Leonard Branson Accountancy Scholarship

This scholarship has been created in Dr. Leonard Branson’s honor as he prepares for his retirement.  Dr. Branson has taught in the Accountancy Department at UIS for 30 years, including 17 years as Chair. He received the Faculty Excellence Award from UIS in 2013-2014  and the William Winter Award for Outstanding Advocacy Leadership in 2011 from the University of Illinois Foundation. He was and still is an excellent teacher and scholar with many publications, training seminars, conference presentations and commissioned reports. Throughout his career, he has been generous with his time and skills in mentoring junior faculty and students. Please give generously to this fund in his honor.

Crowe Horwath LLP Accountancy Student Scholarship

Crowe Horwath is one of the top ten accounting firms nationally. The local office has been a generous supporter of UIS since 1986. This scholarship will be given to an outstanding graduate student in Accountancy.

Kerber, Eck, and Braeckel Accountancy Scholarship

Founded in 1931, Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP (KEB) is a mid-sized firm of certified public accountants and management consultants with eight offices in three Midwestern states.  KEB provides a full range of accounting, tax and management consulting services to a diverse base of clients, including financial institutions, insurance companies, health care, construction, agribusiness, manufacturing, religious organizations, and government and not-for-profit entities. This scholarship, which was first given in 2009, is awarded to fulltime juniors or seniors who have financial need and academic merit. They must have a 3.0 minimum GPA, and must be Illinois citizens.

Joy Kimler Accountancy Scholarship

The Joy Kimler CPA Accountancy Scholarship was established in 1997 to benefit accounting majors who plan to complete the 150-semester hour education requirement to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination. The net income from this fund awards a second semester senior or recent graduate with a major in accounting. Student must have a B average in accounting courses and 3.3 GPA overall.

Master of Accounting Scholarship

Established through a collaboration of the UIS Accountancy Alumni Advisory Committee and the Illinois CPA Society, the UIS Master of Accountancy Scholarship is designated for the graduate Accounting student who intends to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam in the current or following year of application. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed 90% of the college credit hours required to sit for the CPA exam.

Pamela McClelland Accountancy Scholarship

Pamela McClelland, retired partner from the accounting firm Kerber, Eck & Braeckel (KEB), came to the university at a moment of sudden change in her life. Formerly a farm wife, when Pam was almost 40, she became a single mother who needed a different livelihood. Good with numbers, she enrolled at UIS not for a degree but merely to refresh her bookkeeping skills. With encouragement from accountancy professors like Don Stanhope, Pam soared and before long, having graduated with highest honors, she not only passed the four-part certified public accountant exam but won the Elijah Watts Sells Award, bestowed on students who score in the top five percent nationally on the CPA exam. She joined KEB and as she worked toward becoming a partner, she also earned a master’s degree from UIS. Her many contributions to UIS have been remarkable. She has served on several alumni boards, helped initiate scholarships through the Vollintine Trust, and arranged for KEB to donate two accountancy scholarships. In 2004, she received the University of Illinois Distinguished Service Alumni Award. In 2015, she received the William E. Winter Award for Outstanding Advocate Leadership for UIS from the University of Illinois Foundation.

Hattie and Walter Putnick Memorial Scholarship

Walter M. Putnick passed away May 6, 1995. He was a long-time member of the UIS (then Sangamon State University) Alumni Board of Directors. Mr. Putnick lived in Springfield for a major portion of his life and earned an accounting degree from the University of Illinois, and a master’s degree in public administration from Sangamon State (now UIS). He was employed by the Internal Revenue Service from 1948 until he retired in 1975. The net income from this fund awards a scholarship to either an entering or currently enrolled undergraduate accountancy student who has clearly defined career goals and leadership ability.

Sikich Accountancy Access Illinois Scholarship

Sikich is a Midwest provider of business consulting services. Sikich provides accounting, assurance, tax, and consulting services to privately held companies and their owners, governmental entities, and not-for-profit organizations. Nationally ranked in the top 50 CPA firms, Sikich is one of the fastest growing regional firms in the Midwest. For the past eight years, the firm has received the highest level of recognition conferred upon a public accounting firm for its quality control systems. UIS is proud to receive a scholarship in support of accountancy students from Sikich–especially one that doubles its impact for students through the match.

Donald F. Stanhope Alumni Scholarship

When beloved Professor of Accountancy, Don Stanhope, decided to retire, his colleagues immediately purposed to establish some sort of worthwhile tribute in honor of the man they called the “founding father of the Accountancy department.” Thus, the Donald F. Stanhope Alumni Scholarship was established in 2001 by faculty, alumni and friends of Dr. Stanhope in the spirit of his commitment to the program. During Dr. Stanhope’s tenure, the Accountancy program at UIS received national acclaim with two of its CPA exam-takers achieving the nation’s highest pass rates for first-time CPA exam takers. In addition, nine accounting majors have won the prestigious EXCEL award for top performance on the exam. Colleagues and students alike credited the consistent achievement levels of UIS Accountancy students to personalized instruction from Dr. Stanhope and the other Accountancy professors. Each Stanhope scholarship awards the recipient a minimum of $1,000 per academic year. Preference is given to students who have completed at least one core course in Accountancy and who are planning a career in accounting along with attaining professional certification.

Other Options

Not interested in any of the funds listed above? Then you can create your own named scholarship–either a current use scholarship or an endowed scholarship–that targets the students you specify in the Accountancy Department. Use the links above to learn more about these scholarship opportunities.
As the principal donor of a new scholarship, you can both name the scholarship and establish the selection criteria.


We welcome your inquiries. Please feel free to contact us.