Accounting alumnus honored for high CPA Exam score


January 25, 2011

MILWAUKEE – Andrew Rebstock, a 2009 graduate of Marquette University’s Graduate School of Management, has been honored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants with its Elijah Watt Sells Award, given annually to the top performers on the CPA Exam. The awards are presented to the 15 candidates earning the highest cumulative scores on the four sections of the computerized Uniform CPA Examination.

This is the second consecutive year a Marquette graduate has earned the prestigious award. Last year the honor went to Jennifer Luchs, a 2008 graduate of the College of Business Administration.

Rebstock completed his master’s of science degree in accountancy with a 4.0 grade point average, earning him the Graduate School of Management’s highest honor, the T. R. Martin Award. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of Business Administration in 2008. Rebstock now works for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Milwaukee.
“Andrew was an excellent student and an extremely hard worker. He was highly regarded by the accounting faculty as evidenced by his academic awards and selection as a graduate assistant,” said Michael Akers, chair and professor of accounting. “I had a chance to work with Andrew in a case competition, and his interpersonal skills are as strong as technical skills. In addition, as strong as he is technically, he is even a nicer person.”

The AICPA created the award to honor Elijah Watt Sells in 1923. Sells was one of the country’s first CPAs under the provision of a New York State law enacted in 1896 and a leader in advancing professional education. He was active in the establishment of the AICPA and was a founder of New York University’s School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance.  He died in 1924.