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Accounting alumna receives prestigious award

CPA exam score puts her in the top .0006 percent

Accounting alumna receives prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award for her outstanding CPA exam score



College of Business alumna Brittany Kruse has just been named as one of the 2013 Elijah Watt Sells award recipients, placing her in the top .0006 percent of people who sat for the CPA exam in 2013.


The prestigious Elijah Watt Sells award was created in 1923 by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in honor of one of the first CPAs in the United States.  The award recognizes outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Examination.  Award recipients must have a minimum cumulative average score of 95.5 across all four sections of the exam on their first attempt. 


In 2013, nearly 95,000 people sat for the CPA exam across the nation, and only 55 were able to achieve the award’s 95.5 required score.  Among Kruse’s fellow award winners, 65 percent already had a Master of Accounting degree or the equivalent, and only one other recipient completed their accounting degree in Minnesota, studying at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. 


Kruse, now employed with Deloitte, completed her BS degree in Accounting and Finance in 2012 and was named the Minnesota State Mankato 2012 Accounting Student of the Year.  Dr. William Brown, Accounting Department Chairperson and Director of the Master of Accounting program, taught Kruse in an upper level business taxation course and calls her “exceptional.”


Dr. Brown takes pride in his department’s ability and commitment to help Kruse prepare extremely well for the exam.  “Kruse’s award proves that the best accounting students at Minnesota State Mankato can compete with the best students in any accounting program across the nation.” The recent addition of the Master of Accounting program at Minnesota State Mankato positions the accounting program to provide more exceptional graduates in coming years.


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