Student Award Donors
Victor L. Bernard Memorial Award
Friends and colleagues established The Victor L. Bernard Memorial Award to honor Professor Bernard. Victor L. Bernard started his distinguished accounting career by earning his BS in Business Administration from Ohio State University in 1975. He then earned his MAS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign in 1976 and 1982 respectively. Vic began teaching at Illinois Wesleyan University as an instructor from 1976-1977. Then he worked for Arthur Young and Company as an auditor in 1975, 1977-1978. He returned to the University of Illinois as a lecturer in 1982 and then he taught at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor from 1982-1986. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago from 1985-1986. He taught at the University of Michigan as an Associate Professor from 1986-1988. Vic was the Marvin Bower Visiting Fellow at Harvard University in 1990-1991. He returned to the University of Michigan as a full Professor from 1988 until his premature death. The Victor L. Bernard Memorial Award recognizes promising students in the University of Illinois’ Accounting Ph.D. program.
Rollin P. and Frances E. Blissard Scholarship
The Rollin P. and Frances E. Blissard Scholarship was established by their son, Robert, a 1957 graduate of the University of Illinois. His father, Rollin, was born near Fisher, Illinois in 1898 into a farm family. He became trained and adept in the building trades with one of his most proud experiences being helping on the construction of the Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois. His mother, Frances, was born near Gibson City, Illinois in 1903. She was an at home mother who had an artistic ability to make beautiful quilts and crocheted fancy work.
Gerald D. and Lois R. Brighton Scholarship
The Gerald D. and Lois R. Brighton Scholarship was established by Professor Gerald and Lois Brighton in 2005. Gerald earned a B.S. degree in Accountancy in 1941 from the University of Illinois with honors that included the Bronze Tablet Award. He earned a M.S. in 1947 and his Ph.D. in Accounting in 1953 from the University of Illinois. He began as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in 1954 at the University of Illinois, Associate Professor in 1957 and full Professor in 1969. In 1983 he was appointed to the endowed position of Ernst and Whinney Distinguished Professor of Accountancy. Lois earned a M.S. degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois in 1948. Lois and Gerald met at the University of Illinois in the Fall of 1947 and were married in 1949.
William Campfield Minority Student Award
The William Campfield Minority Student Award was established in memory of William Campfield, the first minority PhD graduate in accounting from the University of Illinois and in the United States. Dr. Campfield received his PhD in 1951. He worked for the General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C. and also served as controller for Johnson C. Smith University and Southern University. He returned to the University of Illinois as a visiting professor in 1969. He served in this capacity at other universities including Rutgers University, Tuskegee Institute and Ohio State University. Between 1953 and 1970 he published eleven sole-authored articles in the Accounting Review, making him one of the leading accounting researchers of the period.
Marvin and Nancy Dennis Doctoral Fellowship in Accountancy
Marvin and Nancy Dennis established the Marvin and Nancy Dennis Doctoral Fellowship in Accountancy. Marvin earned a B.S. degree in Accountancy in 1959 from the University of Illinois, where he was an active member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Nancy is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin. Following graduation, Mr. Dennis worked in public accounting in Chicago and also earned a law degree. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1966 and was employed by McKinsey and Company, and later by Itel Corporation in San Francisco. In 1974, Marvin and a partner formed Trans Ocean Ltd., a maritime container-leasing firm, which they operated successfully for 23 years before selling the firm in 1996. Marvin and Nancy Dennis Doctoral Fellowships recognize meritorious graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree in Accountancy.
Fred H. Figge Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award in Accountancy
Fred H. Figge and his wife, Beverly, established the Fred H. Figge Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award in Accountancy in 1991. This award recognizes a graduate teaching assistant for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Mr. Figge received his B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois in 1956. Mrs. Beverly Figge received her B.S. in elementary education from the University of Illinois in 1956. The majority of Mr. Figge’s career was with Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., in Chicago. He retired in 1993 as executive vice president and chief financial officer.
KPMG Jason H. Hackenmiller Memorial Scholarship
The KPMG Jason H. Hackenmiller Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Jason H. Hackenmiller, a 2008 University of Illinois Masters in Accounting Science graduate. On November 14, 2008, KPMG lost one of its own, Jason Hackenmiller. Jason was born in Fairbanks, Alaska on July 20, 1985, to Maggie and Larry “Hack” Hackenmiller. He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School and Monroe Junior/Senior Catholic School, graduating in 2003. During his school years, he enjoyed Cub Scouts, Little League, soccer, Interior Youth basketball, snowboarding and was a member of the Monroe Catholic basketball and soccer teams. He also enjoyed spending time at his family’s Harding Lake cabin. Jason was highly disciplined in his studies, pursuing his college degree at the University of Illinois, where he attained his Bachelor of Science degree from the business college with a major in accounting. He was then awarded a master’s of accounting science degree in May 2008.
While attending the University of Illinois, he was a recipient of the George Huff award for outstanding scholar-athletes and earned an Internship in New York City. He was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. After completing and passing his CPA exams, he began a six-week trip home from Illinois, touring many state parks and visiting family and friends along the way. Jason began his career with KPMG in September 2008, choosing to work from the Anchorage office so he could be close to family and friends.
Jason’s smile, charm and sincerity warmed all who had the joy of knowing him. His clever sense of humor brightened many lives. He maintained meaningful connections with a wealth of family and friends, demonstrating his value of relationships. Jason was a driven young man who lived life to its fullest. He set high goals for himself and strived to achieve them. Jason had a great love of traveling; he enjoyed venturing to many new places. Jason was a bright light and special person who made a difference in the lives he touched.
John P. Hanlon Memorial Scholarship
The John P. Hanlon Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of John P. Hanlon. John was a 1989 graduate of the University of Illinois in Economics and a Partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP for 12 years.
Ken and Betty Hughes Scholarship
K. Scott and Marilyn Krieger Hughes established the Ken and Betty Hughes Scholarship. Scott earned his B.S. and M.S. degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois in 1965 and 1970, respectively. His father, Mr. Ken Hughes, graduated from Refrigeration and Air Conditioning trade school in Chicago in 1946 and after several years in construction around Peru, Illinois he began 25 years of service working with the Operations and Maintenance Division of the University of Illinois. His mother, Mrs. Betty Hughes, graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Bloomington, Illinois as a registered nurse in 1944. She retired from Mercy Hospital in 1982.
Deloitte & Touche/Jerry W. Kolb Award
Deloitte & Touche LLP employees established the Deloitte & Touche/Jerry W. Kolb Award to honor Jerry Kolb, a retired partner. During his distinguished career with Deloitte & Touche, Mr. Kolb held numerous senior management and client service positions. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Kolb was a Vice Chairman of the Firm and served as a senior advisor to many of the Firm’s most valued clients. Mr. Kolb earned a B.S. in Accountancy in 1957 from the University of Illinois. He was an active supportive alumnus serving in a number of capacities including as a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Department of Accountancy and as a member of the Business Advisory Council of the College of Business.
Margaret Philhour Lambert Scholarship
The Margaret Philhour Lambert Scholarship is awarded to a fifth-year accounting student. It was established by Susan (’80 MAS Accy) Fish in honor of her mother.
Ronald D. Marcuson Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Ronald Marcuson of Chicago. He earned an MS in Mathematics in 1972 and an MAS in Accounting Science in 1974.
Robert A. Morgan Family Scholarship
Robert A. Morgan (B.A. Accountancy) served as controller of Caterpillar Tractor Company from 1956-1978 and as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board from 1978-1983. A graduate of Decatur High School, he earned a B.A. in Accounting at the University of Illinois. He was a contributing author for accounting periodicals, frequently writing about ethical practice. After his retirement, Mr. Morgan taught an ethics seminar at Illinois State University. In 2004, the Caterpillar Controller’s Council honored him for his life-long contributions toward financial and accounting integrity.
Lillian and Morrie Moss Fellowships
Morrie Moss, a 1928 alumnus of the Department of Accountancy, established the Lillian and Morrie Moss Accountancy Fellowship in 1985. He was a major patron of the arts in Memphis and was a primary factor in the creation of a Memphis art gallery. He was also a board member of Occidental Petroleum.
Marvin N. Nachman Memorial Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie and Carlyne Weil established the Marvin N. Nachman Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Weil was Chairman Emeritus of American Envelope Company where Mr. Nachman served as secretary and treasurer. Previously, Mr. Nachman was a Senior Partner in the Chicago accounting firm of Katz, Wagner. Mr. Nachman graduated from the University of Illinois in 1938, where he received the Mawnada Society Award, the highest honor given to men for leadership and scholarship.
C. Rollin Niswonger Accountancy Advancement Fund
The C. Rollin Niswonger Advancement Fund was established to honor C. Rollin Niswonger, a professor at UIUC during the 1930s and a co-author on the leading accounting principles textbook of his day.
Robert O. Palmer and Dolores A. Palmer Scholarship
Dolores Palmer established the Robert O. Palmer and Dolores A. Palmer Scholarship memory of her husband. Mr. Palmer earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois in 1954. He was a member of the social fraternity Sigma Nu and the honorary fraternities Beta Alpha Psi and Alpha Kappa Psi. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He retired as a managing partner of Arthur Andersen & Company in Chicago in 1987 after spending his entire career with the company. Mr. Palmer was an active Advocate on behalf of his alma mater, serving as a National Network volunteer and a section chair for Campaign for Illinois. He became a member of the Presidents Council in 1987 and a member of the University of Illinois Foundation in 1993. Dolores Palmer is a Presidents Council member and continues to be a generous supporter of the College of Business.
Hobart L. and Mary Kay Peer Award
Hobart and Mary Peer established the Hobart L. and Mary Kay Peer Award. Mr. Peer received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Commerce and Business Administration in 1935. In 1955, he co-founded the Peer, Hunt, and Curzon accounting firm that merged with Clifton, Gunderson, and Company in 1980. He organized and was the first chair of the Eastern Illinois Chapter of the Illinois CPA Society. He was also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mary Kay Peer received her bachelor and master’s degree in English at the University of Illinois in 1934 and 1936, respectively. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi. As a graduate student, she was hired as a clerk in the English Department and later became an administrative assistant. Mr. and Mrs. Peer were venerated supporters of their alma mater and the community in which they lived.
Kenneth W. Perry Scholarship
Professor Perry was a professor of accountancy at the University of Illinois and for many years taught the University’s CPA review course. Upon his retirement, colleagues and former students established this scholarship fund to recognize Professor Perry and to honor his contributions to accountancy education.
John W. Queenan Scholarship
The Queenan Family Foundation established the John W. Queenan Scholarship to honor the memory of John W. Queenan, a 1927 accountancy graduate of the University of Illinois. Mr. Queenan received the highest score on the state’s CPA examination and began a 43-year career with the international accounting firm, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells. He was the firm’s managing partner for fifteen years. He also served as President of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and as a member of the Committee on Accounting Procedures, the Accounting Principles Board and the Financial Accounting Standards Board. His generosity toward the accounting profession, the University of Illinois, and humanity distinguished John W. Queenan during his lifetime.
Willard A. Reed Memorial Scholarship in Accountancy
The Willard A. Reed Memorial Scholarship in Accountancy was established to honor Willard A. Reed, a long time Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Company of Peoria. Bill Reed entered the University of Illinois in 1938 and, after interrupting his education to serve his country in WWII, graduated from the University of Illinois in 1947 with a degree in accountancy. Upon joining Illinois Mutual, Bill worked in the accounting and investment areas until he retired in 1985. Bill continued to sit on the Investment Committee and Illinois Mutual’s Board of Directors until his death. Bill had a passion for both the University of Illinois and the study of accounting. The Willard A. Reed Memorial Scholarship in Accountancy recognizes outstanding accounting majors from central Illinois who are entering their junior or senior years.
Marjorie Sells Carter Scholarship
The Marjorie Sells Carter Scholarship in Accountancy was established through the estate of Marjorie Sells Carter. Marjorie Sells married Arthur H. Carter in 1910 and after WW I, Carter joined his father-in-law’s firm, Haskins and Sells, a predecessor firm of Deloitte & Touche. In 1930, he became managing partner, a position he held for over a decade. While serving as President of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, he testified before the Senate and was instrumental in the passage of the Securities Act of 1933. The act awarded CPAs the exclusive right to audit public companies; thus, Carter helped to institute one of the accounting profession’s largest legislative landmarks. From 1941 to the end of World War II, he served in Washington, D.C on President Roosevelt’s staff as executive accountant, reviewing and recommending improvements in the War Department’s auditing organization and procedures, serving as fiscal director of the Army Service Forces. He was promoted to major general in 1943. During WW I, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal; an Oak Leaf Cluster was added in WW II. General Carter returned to Haskins & Sells in 1945, and retired in from the accounting firm in 1947.
Elmer Staats and Chuck Bowsher Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Peterson established the Elmer Staats and Chuck Bowsher Scholarship, which the Association of Government Accountants presents. Elmer Staats and Chuck Bowsher are University of Illinois accountancy graduates and both are former Comptroller Generals of the United States.
Sidney M. Stafford Scholarship
The Sidney M. Stafford Scholarship was established by Sidney M. Stafford of Champaign, Illinois to honor his son, the late Timothy Collins Stafford. This scholarship is dedicated by Sidney and Lillian Stafford for their encouragement of their son’s career aspirations. Sidney Stafford graduated from the University of Illinois College of Business in 1951 with a B.S. in Accounting.
Arthur R. Wyatt Accounting Scholarship
The Arthur R. Wyatt Scholarship was established by Arthur Ramer Wyatt through endowments at both the University of Illinois Foundation and the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois. Scholarships from both programs, administered by the Department, are for the benefit of students entering either the Master of Accounting Science or the Master of Science in Accountancy with Specialization in Taxation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and who (1) demonstrate dedication to becoming a CPA and follow in Professor Wyatt’s esteemed footsteps by exhibiting the highest degree of professionalism, (2) demonstrate financial need, and (3) demonstrate the highest academic merit.
Dr. Wyatt received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in accountancy from the University of Illinois. He served on the Commerce faculty from 1950 to 1965, and then went on to international success in the private sector as a partner and managing director for accounting principles at Arthur Andersen. A highly regarded elder statesman, he was a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board from 1985-87 and the United States representative on the International Accounting Standards Committee from 1988-93. He chaired the committee from 1990-93. After retiring from Andersen in 1993, Wyatt returned to the University of Illinois and his first love, teaching. Professor Wyatt retired from teaching in 2003.
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause & Company LLP Scholarship
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) was founded in 1931 as a certified public accounting firm. The firm focused from the start on providing professional services that helped clients achieve success. Over the years, Baker Tilly has broadened its services offerings and expanded its geographic reach.
BDO USA LLP Scholarship
BDO USA LLP is a national professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to private and publicly traded businesses. BDO USA LLP annually sponsors an award for a meritorious ILLINOIS accountancy student.
BKD LLP Scholarship
BKD is a national CPA and advisory firm whose mission is to always strive for excellence in providing services to clients, create rewarding career opportunities and maintain sound professional, business and financial standards.
Crowe Horwath LLP Scholarship
Crowe Horwath LLP is a leading provider of assurance, consulting, risk management, tax and technology services.
KPMG LLP provides audit, tax and advisory services and industry insight to help organizations negotiate risks and perform in today’s dynamic and challenging environments.
KPMG-Sue Thayer Heitmann Scholarship
The KPMG-Sue Thayer Heitmann Scholarship was established to honor Sue Thayer Heitmann. Sue Thayer Heitmann worked for over 25 years with KPMG LLP, exclusively with companies in the consumer and industrial market industries, including consumer goods, manufacturers, retailers and distributors of food and beverage products – including organic and natural products, restaurants, airlines and medical helicopter transportation. She currently serves as the practice leader for KPMG – Denver’s Private Markets Group.
Plante & Moran PLLC Scholarship
Plante & Moran is the nation’s 12th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm.
Russell H. Morrison Scholarship in Accountancy
The Russell H. Morrison Scholarship in Accountancy is in honor of Russell H. Morrison. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Business in 1920 in Accountancy. He was a partner with Arthur Anderson LLP.
State Farm Scholarship
State Farm, well known for being a “good neighbor” by “being there” for customers, was founded in 1922 by retired farmer and insurance salesman George Jacob “G.J.” Mecherle.
Michael R. Thomas Scholarship
Michael Thomas is Chairman & CEO of Thomas USAF and Thomas Financial Group. He is the founder, CEO and Investor in USAF I, II, III and Thomas USAF Group, LLC. In 2011 he founded his fifth USAF fund, McDonald USAF, LP and in 2015 he announced the formation of his sixth fund, USAF 6, LP which he currently manages. Mike has been in the government guaranteed loan business for over 35 years with $2.5 Billion in loans originated and $2.5 Billion in loans purchased in the secondary market. He headed the Small Business Administration (SBA) Transition and Reorganization for President Jimmy Carter. As partner at Ernst & Young, he set up the Ethanol Guarantee Loan Program for the US Department of Energy. He founded USAF I, the original stripper of SBA and USDA loans, in 1986.