Three Shippensburg University Accounting Students
earn PICPA Scholarships
Jordan Back Ethan Baker Joseph Kon 


Jordan Back, Ethan Baker and Joseph Kon have earned prestigious Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) scholarships for their hard work and academic success as accounting majors at Shippensburg University.  Baker and Kon are recipients of multi-year $5,000 scholarships and Back is the recipient of a scholarship at the $2,000 level.  All three awards are renewable, subject to the students maintaining criteria specified by the PICPA. 

Jordan Back is from York, PA and has earned a grade point average of approximately 3.9 out of 4.0.  He has served as the Alumni Relations Chair of SU’s Wood Honors College; interned with Squire, Lemkin & Company, LLP in Rockville, MD; served as the Director of Internal Affairs for SU’s Student Government Association; and has been a delegate to the Model Organization of American States in Washington, DC.  Jordan is also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. 

Ethan Baker is a dual accounting and finance major from New Columbia, PA and has earned a grade point average of 4.0.  Ethan is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society.  He has served as the President of SU’s Accounting Club, Treasurer of Theta Xi fraternity, and President of the Food Recovery Network.  Mr. Baker has also participated in KPMG’s Discover Leadership program and Baker Tilly’s Spend A Day program.

Joseph Kon is from Shermans Dale, PA and has an earned grade point average of 4.0.  Mr. Kon  has been the Billing and Accounts Receivable Manager for Bekins A-1 Movers,  interned with  Harshbarger & Company, served as a tutor for SU’s Accounting Department and has  volunteered as a  tax preparer for Shippensburg’s VITA program.     Joe also has the unique distinction of being the first SU student to receive a Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Academic Scholarship in 2018.  The PCAOB scholarship program  was created by Congress in 2002 as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to encourage students, both undergraduate and graduate, to pursue careers in auditing. 

The John L. Grove College of Business congratulates all three young men on their numerous accomplishments.

The PICPA helps future CPAs reach their goals with scholarships and awards that honor outstanding scholastic achievement.  Anyone interested in obtaining information about PICPA scholarships, please see:  https://www.picpa.org/future-cpas/scholarships-awards.