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Scholarship winners appreciate deeper look into accounting

Written on Aug 5, 2021

By Jessica Salerno, OSCPA senior content manager  

For accounting student Holly Fitch, attending the recent Women, Wealth and Wellness Virtual Conference opened up a world of possibilities.  

“I loved it,” she said. “I feel like it was good to attend at this point in my schooling and get an idea of where I want to go once I'm out of school.”  


Fitch attends Youngstown State University and heard about the conference from OSCPA Executive Board member Jessie Wright, CPA, a professor at Youngstown State. Fitch will be a junior this fall, and she said the conference revealed new opportunities to her as to what her career in the profession could look like.  

Not only did Fitch benefit from the content of the sessions, but she also was recognized during the conference as winning a scholarship from Barnes Dennig, something she said she appreciates greatly.  

Kaycie Stark, a rising junior at Ohio Northern University, also attended the conference and won a scholarship from Clark Schaefer Hackett.  

“I was really excited because not only did I get to attend this conference and learn a lot but being in college any scholarship is a huge help,” Stark said.  

Fitch and Stark were among 13 young women who were recognized as winning scholarships from various firms during the conference, a fitting nod to an event that celebrates and supports women in the accounting profession. The Women Wealth and Wellness Conference also held sessions on board service, negotiating a promotion, habits that can hold you back in the workplace and more.  

Although Stark said she’s unsure of what she’ll do after she graduates, she appreciates that opportunities like the Women, Wealth and Wellness conference exist for women in accounting. 


“It's really encouraging to me just knowing that there are opportunities for me to continue to grow and learn new things as I'm starting my career,” Stark said. “Having attended this will be a huge help in becoming the best professional I can.” 

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PHOTO: Top: Holly Fitch; Bottom: Kaycie Stark