AICPA Honors James Madison University Student and Marine Veteran with Medal of Inspiration

James Schiavone

Published August 16, 2017

Anaheim, CA. (August 4, 2017) – The American Institute of CPAs is pleased to announce William Chapman, an undergraduate student at James Madison University (JMU), has been awarded Beta Alpha Psi’s Medal of Inspiration Award. The award was presented today at the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA.

The award, sponsored by the AICPA, is bestowed upon a student who has experienced extreme hardships and demonstrated an unusually high level of success despite that adversity. The award includes a $5,000 cash stipend.

Today, William Chapman is a high performing student with an excellent academic record. He holds multiple leadership positions and volunteers in his local and campus communities. His path to academic success is what makes him exceptional. 

Growing up, Chapman dreamed of serving in special operations with the U.S. Armed Forces. After graduating high school, he joined the Marines and performed intelligence and IED cleanup missions in Afghanistan. For his service, he was awarded the Honor of the Purple Heart, which commemorates the sacrifices of America's servicemen and servicewomen who were wounded in battle.

After battling significant PTSD while attempting to reenlist in the Marines, Chapman decided to enroll at James Madison University and begin studying accounting. 

“Will Chapman is a prime example of why the Medal of Inspiration Award exists,” said Yvonne Hinson, AICPA Senior Director - Academic in Residence. “In the face of great adversity, he has continued to persevere and meet the goals he set out to accomplish. He has used each obstacle as a building block to propel himself forward to become a successful student and officer of Beta Alpha Psi. 

While at JMU, Chapman has earned a spot on the Dean’s List, tutored his fellow students, and worked with the Skyline Literacy program to help refugees studying for their naturalization test. He has been recognized at the James Madison University - Evening of Excellence for earning nearly 100 percent in his accounting principles classes. He will be serving on the Executive Board of his Beta Alpha Psi chapter and is on track to becoming chapter president. 

“Will is an inspiration to his peers and anyone who hears his story. The AICPA is proud to sponsor an award that recognizes students like Will,” added Hinson.


About Beta Alpha Psi

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service, and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

Headquartered in Durham, NC, Beta Alpha Psi has over 300 chapters on college and university campuses in the United States, Australia and New Zealand with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.

About the American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives professional competency development to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.

About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) combines the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 650,000 members and students in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally.


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