Latest Round of Winners Announced for IIA and AuditBoard’s Elevate Internal Audit Scholarship Program

Latest Round of Winners Announced for IIA and AuditBoard’s Elevate Internal Audit Scholarship Program

The Institute of Internal Auditors and AuditBoard have announced the latest round of winners of the Elevate Internal Audit Scholarship Program

The Elevate program was launched by AuditBoard and The IIA in 2020 to provide scholarships to internal auditors who had been affected by layoffs and other financial hardship due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the program was expanded to support internal auditors’ continuing education and career development with merit-based scholarships providing training and certification for all three parts of the CIA® exam.

Scholarship recipients are empowered to receive the training and testing necessary to achieve the CIA®, the only internationally recognized certification for internal auditing. 

“Obtaining the CIA gives me the opportunity to build the career I want by developing my auditing practices, communication skills, and problem-solving abilities,” said scholarship recipient Robert Halpert, Senior Manager of Internal Audit at DoubleVerify. 

Elevate Scholarship Recipients – Sept 2021

Haya Asim, Senior Internal Auditor, TMX Group Limited

Matheu Cook, Controller, Duracell

Rosalie Ennes, Director of Internal Audit, Bombas

William Grabinski, Director Digital Gaming Compliance, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment

Dillon Gusta, Senior Auditor, ACT, Inc.

Robert Halpert,  Senior Manager Internal Audit, DoubleVerify

Irene Han, Corporate Audit Advisor, ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia)

Christine Homack, Owner, Accountabilities Consulting Services, LLC

Brandi Hughley, Senior Internal Auditor, Booz Allen Hamilton

James Li, Internal Audit Manager, Allegiant Travel Company

Rosa Mendoza, Deputy Director, Division of Audit Services, Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Anil Mistry, Cybersecurity Compliance Manager, The Home Depot

Arlene Reyes, Internal Auditor, Hilton Grand Vacations

Victorianne Romberger, Internal Auditor, Wescom Central Credit Union

Danielle Wellington, Internal Auditor, Voya Financial

Elevate Scholarship Recipients – Dec 2021

Jamel Calhoun, Senior IT Audit Manager, Flowers Foods, Inc.

Candace Cauley-Okure, Manager – SOX Compliance, Sterling Construction

Winston D’Souza, Internal Auditor, J. D. Irving

Evan Eppich, Internal Auditor, Vulcan Materials Company

Allison Godwin, Senior Associate, Cherry Bekaert LLP

Brian Johnson, Director of Internal Audit,

LaDonna Johnson, Internal Controls Auditor, Elavon

Irfan Akbar Kazi, Director Advanced Analytics & Data Management, CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)

Ashley Norwood, Senior Internal Auditor, Colonial Savings

Roque Pena, Senior Internal Auditor, Harland Clarke Corp. (Vericast)

Sarah Peterson (Bentz), Internal Audit Supervisor, Leggett & Platt

Hasana Tai, N/A, N/A

Kara Wan, Manager, Finance, WestJet

Jimmy Wanderi, N/A, N/A

Caren Ware, Associate Internal Auditor, Salvation Army

The application window for the next round of merit-based Elevate Internal Audit Scholarships opens April 20, 2022 and extends through May 31, 2022 in recognition of Internal Audit Awareness month. Internal auditors from the United States and Canada interested in completing the CIA® study program and examinations within a one-year window are encouraged to apply. Up to 15 scholarships will be awarded twice a year. Each scholarship is valued at more than $2,000 USD.

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