Student Ambassadors: Building the CPA Pipeline

Pipeline is a word that has long been associated with attracting students to the study of accounting and careers in the CPA profession. Ensuring that the pipeline is full of qualified students is a challenge that The Ohio CPA Foundation has focused on through a variety of programs that inform students about the profession and inspire them to pursue CPA careers.

Since its inception in 2002, the Student Ambassador Program has introduced thousands of Ohio college students to the opportunities and benefits that come with an accounting degree. Student Ambassadors employ the power of peer-to-peer networking to reach students who have not yet declared a major with information about accounting and the CPA profession. 

Student Ambassadors are accounting majors who are in their junior, senior, fifth year or enrolled in a graduate-level accounting program. They are chosen from participating schools based on academic achievement, as well as traits such as an outgoing personality, strong communication and presentation skills, and commitment to a career as a CPA.  

The Student Ambassador Program operates at 18 universities. With the help of the Ambassadors, students have a better understanding of rewarding career opportunities that come with an accounting degree and the benefits of becoming a CPA.

Hear from one of our Student Ambassadors on how she got started and how it has impacted her.

Student Ambassador Testimonial

2017 – 2018 Student Ambassadors


  • Ashland University: Ben Haraway
  • Baldwin Wallace University: Joe Palmer
  • Bowling Green State University: Thayer Daniels
  • Case Western Reserve University: Chanan Demery
  • Cleveland State University: Michael Kostandaras
  • Hiram College: Emily Fenn
  • John Carroll University: Sarah Reynolds
  • Kent State University: Jared Shilot
  • Miami University: Michael McMullen
  • Ohio State University: Raymond Herrera & Molly Potoczak
  • Ohio University: Joseph Merklin
  • University of Akron: Shelby Amatangelo
  • University of Cincinnati: Courtney Holloway
  • University of Dayton: Matt Broom
  • University of Toledo: Seth Liaros
  • Wright State University: Tori Tomblin
  • Xavier University: Madison Singler
  • Youngstown State University: Kyla Williams