Ohioans honored with AICPA’s 2018 Elijah Watt Sells Award

Written on Apr 25, 2019

By Rebecca Kerr, OSCPA communications intern

William Joseph Donohue III and Oscar Ryland are the two Ohio recipients of AICPA’s 2018 Elijah Watt Sells Award.

The award has been around for 95 years and was created to acknowledge Sells’ many achievements, as he was one of the first CPAs in the U.S. and was instrumental in advancing professional education in the accounting field. In his honor, the award recognizes elite candidates who meet the award’s distinguished and admirable criteria.

Both Donohue and Ryland, as per the award’s criteria, “obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA exam” and “passed all four sections of the Exam on the first attempt,” which is no easy feat, as those in the profession are aware.

As per the award recipients’ page on the AICPA website, Donohue is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BSBA in Marketing and Master of Accountancy from Cleveland State University. He is currently employed at KeyBank in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ryland is a graduate of Miami University with a BS in Accounting and Finance and works with Grant Thornton LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Congratulations to these Ohio Elijah Watt Sells Award winners who make it easy to be #OhioCPAProud!

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