The Accounting Doctoral Scholars Program Success Stories

The Accounting Doctoral Scholars Program has helped hundreds of professionals meet their dreams of working in academia and educating future generations of accounting leaders. We invite you join these individuals in following a new path forward.

“I remember sitting at dinner with a colleague after leading a training session at the firm where I worked and was asked what my future plans were. After thinking about it a moment, I said that I would really like to go back to school and get a Ph.D. in accounting, but that it didn't seem a financially viable option since I had a small family. The next day, our firm sent out a daily communication announcing the ADS program and I began to contemplate the idea more. A little over a year later, I'm now living my dream of becoming a professor and will be in a position to influence the profession and many future members of the profession through teaching and research. I couldn't be more excited.” -Timothy Seidel, 2010 ADS Program Scholar
“The effect of the ADS program will be felt for generations to come through its influence on burgeoning scholars. It provides information, monetary compensation, and all-important networking opportunities that we, as Ph.D. hopefuls, would have been hard-pressed to find elsewhere. This program and its benefits have enabled me to pursue my passion, and I am incredibly grateful for the doors it has helped me open.” -Patrick Hurley, 2010 ADS Program Scholar 
“We're impressed with the ADS students we've met at other universities and we would love to have one of our own.” -Kathryn Kadous, Goizueta Business School, Emory University 
“To me, one of the most compelling details about the ADS Program is the buy-in from the member firms. I first heard about the ADS Program on my firm's internal network website. While the member firms certainly don't want to see some of their best people go, they all seem to recognize the need for strong accounting scholars; and are willing to promote the ADS program to serve the greater good. Personally, I have long held a keen interest in a career in academics. However, it was difficult for me to rationalize a transition back to a student's thrifty lifestyle from the relative comfort of public accounting. The ADS scholarship made my transition much easier by providing generous funding for my academic pursuit.” - Michael V. Barnes Jr., 2010 ADS Program Scholar 
“The ADS Program placed me within a network of accomplished, well-respected professors and strong Ph.D. applicants. These top-notch individuals were very helpful throughout the application process, and I look forward to working with them throughout my career in academia.” - Sean Dennis, 2010 ADS Program Scholar 
“The thought of getting my Ph.D. and pursuing a career in academia was in the back of my mind for years, but hearing about the ADS Program was the final push I needed to start on this exciting new path.” - Margot Howard, 2010 ADS Program Scholar