young women of Black and Indigenous heritage work on computersThe CPA Ontario Foundation has funded bursaries to help Black and Indigenous students become Chartered Professional Accountants.

Funding to support Black and Indigenous aspiring Chartered Professional Accountants

Bursary programs from the CPA Ontario Foundation will help support Black and Indigenous students at the Odette School of Business pursue education toward careers as Chartered Professional Accountants.

The bursaries, Black Student Success and Indigenous Student Success, will be awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Eligible students will be able to apply through their UWin Awards profiles for the 2023-24 school year.

The Odette School of Business is one of 10 Ontario post-secondary institutions receiving funding for the programs.

Dean Mitchell Fields extended thanks to the foundation for its support.

“Our goal is always to increase diversity in all areas of business, and this will certainly help to further that goal,” he said.

The foundation’s chair, Daniela Carcasole, said the programs are aimed at fostering the next generation of diverse business leaders and building a stronger future for the profession.

“Whether a student decides to pursue the CPA designation for a career as a forensic accountant, an entrepreneur or an auditor, we are dedicated to helping them overcome obstacles and reach their full potential,” she said.

—Sienna Ducharme

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