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COA Practice Advisor have just published an article on the Americas Region Scholarship recently awarded at the Americas Regional meeting in the Dominican Republic. The article is at CPA Practice Advisor News BKR Scholarship

BKR International, ranked among the top ten global accounting associations, presented a $3,000 scholarship award to accounting student Maireni Batista López from the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). The scholarship was announced and presented during BKR’s Americas Regional Meeting, held this year in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

Batista was nominated for the award by BKR member Mejia Lora & Asociados (MLA), Santo Domingo, and selected through a rigorous process that included recommendations by several universities offering accounting programs. Students were considered based on grades, university references, financial need to complete their degrees, and an interview with MLA members and the firm’s Human Resources department. Batista was among five honor students reviewed by MLA, with a 3.87 grade point average and a strong desire to excel in her future career.

Since its inception in 2012, BKR’s scholarship program has awarded more than $80,000 to 29 students in 13 countries. Scholarship recipients are nominated by BKR member firms in each of three designated regions, and must then be approved by the Worldwide Board.

“We are very proud to nominate a student to receive BKR International’s scholarship award and support the educational goals of students in the Dominican Republic,” said Raymi J. Mejia, MLA partner who also attended INTEC. Mejia is a BKR Americas Region Board member and helped establish the Association of CPA Firms Dominican Republic (AFCPARD) in 2012.

“This is a unique way in which BKR International gives back to the profession,” said Karen Brenneman, BKR’s Americas Region chair and managing partner at member firm Hall, Kistler & Company, LLP in Canton, Ohio.  “We want to encourage future accountants around the world who will become our profession’s future leaders.”

BKR International represents the combined strength and market exclusivity of more than 160 independent accounting and business advisory firms in over 500 offices and 80 countries. BKR’s biggest event, the Annual Worldwide Meeting for all members, will be held in Shanghai, China,  20-23  October 2018. To learn more about the BKR difference, visit


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