Connecticut Society of CPAs awards Fairfield University MBA student $2,500 grant


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Jennifer Gulianello, a resident of West Haven, has been chosen to receive a Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants' Educational Trust Fund (CSCPA ETF) grant. The $2,500 Candidate's Award will help defray the costs of her education.

Gulianello is enrolled in Fairfield University's 5-year MBA in accounting program. She received her bachelor's in accounting from Fairfield University in May of 2004, and will graduate this May with the MBA degree following another full year of full-time classwork.

The CSCPA ETF established the Candidate's Award in 1999 to help foster the accounting profession in Connecticut. Students who have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, attained a GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, and are enrolled in a formal program in Connecticut to satisfy the 150-hour requirement of the Connecticut State Board of Accountancy, are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Gulianello was one of two statewide winners this year. Gulianello is the first Fairfield University MBA student to receive a Candidate's Award. She was already a winner of a $500 scholarship from the society's Educational Trust Fund as an undergraduate. An intern at General Electric, Gulianello has signed on to work for as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers upon graduation. In that capacity, she will have the opportunity to work with a variety of different client firms. "I decided to sign with PwC because from an external auditor's perspective, as opposed to an internal accounting department's viewpoint, you have the ability to become acquainted with a broader range of business strategies, infrastructure, as well as cultures."

Gulianello is eager to finish her degree and enter the working world full-time.

"After having interned for GE Capital's corporate tax department since my sophomore year, I've been fortunate to get a taste of the accounting profession," Gulianello said. "Yet, I'm excited to finish graduate school and finally delve into my career!"

Gulianello is an excellent student, said Norm Solomon, Ph.D., dean of the Dolan School of Business.

"She is an outstanding student and highly regarded by both her faculty and classmates," Dr. Solomon said. "She brings a powerful presence to our graduate program."

The Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University is a leader in business curriculum innovation. An AACSB International-accredited program, The Dolan School annually serves 1,500 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs, preparing students to advance within their professions and empowering them to become leaders in their fields. In addition to substantial professional business experience, faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarship. The School itself is housed in a technology-rich building dedicated to excellence in a business-learning environment - a facility that is among the best in the nation. For more information on the Dolan School of Business program offerings, call (203) 254-4070, or e-mail gradadmis@mail.fairfield.edu.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on November 18, 2004

Vol. 37, No. 107