Two Accounting Majors Honored at MSCPA event

May 30, 2018


Two Stonehill accounting majors were recently honored for their successes in the field, including one who received an award given to only 58 of 95,654 students nationwide. 

At the 2018 Massachusetts Society of CPAs (MSCPA) Believers & Achievers Recognition Reception earlier this month, Janine Murray ’19 won a $2,500 Deloitte Scholarship and Nathaniel Proto ’17 earned the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

“It means a great deal to have received the EWS award however this is far from an individual achievement," said Proto. "There are many who have been instrumental in enabling this success. Most notable among these are my Stonehill professors who helped grow, develop and, refine my knowledge and understanding of accounting, and my family, without who’s patience, encouragement and support this would have never been possible.”

Since 1923, the American Institute of CPAs has bestowed the Elijah Watt Sells Award on candidates for outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Examination. More than 95,000 individuals sat for the exam in 2017, with only 58 candidates meeting the criteria to receive the Sells Award, including Proto. He is one of the four award winners registered as candidates from Massachusetts.

The Sells Award is bestowed annually upon candidates who:

  • Have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination.
  • Passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my job as a college professor is to witness my students’ successes,” said Virginia Cortijo, associate professor of accounting. “It is a thrill to observe, firsthand, their intellectual maturation process over the course of their stay at Stonehill, along with the invaluable and long-lasting mentor and mentee relationships that we develop.”