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Internal Auditor Recognizes Outstanding Student

Seattle University master’s student wins magazine scholarship

LAKE MARY, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2018) — Internal Auditor magazine, the world’s premier publication for the internal audit profession, announced today that it awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Brian Salvador, a master’s student at Seattle University in Washington.

Salvador received the scholarship for his essay in answer to the question, “How Can Business Acumen Help Internal Audit?”

Brian Salvador“Having strong business acumen means understanding critical business principles and practices relevant to key stakeholders,” Salvador wrote. “It requires an auditor to quickly grasp the inner workings of a business and generate recommendations for challenges facing the organization.”

Citing his own professional experience, Salvador noted, “Having sound business acumen allowed me to provide meaningful recommendations. In areas that I did not possess subject matter expertise, I emphasized having insightful dialogue with project stakeholders.”

Salvador’s essay was chosen from among a number of submissions that addressed the important role business acumen plays in the world of internal audit. The question was chosen based on an article in the October issue of the magazine, “Digging for Knowledge,” which looked at how business acumen reinforces internal audit’s value and reduces its limitations. You can read Salvador’s full essay at

“It’s exciting to share that this month’s scholarship winner also is one of Internal Auditor magazine’s 2017 Emerging Leaders,” says Anne Millage, Internal Auditor editor in chief. “These young auditors are already so knowledgeable and show so much promise. The future of the profession is looking very bright.”

The essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students globally and challenges applicants to examine important topics covering six aspects of the profession, from internal audit’s use of data analytics to the risks and opportunities associated with the internet of things. The essays are judged as blind submissions, with winners chosen by a panel of five internal audit professionals from The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Publications Advisory Committee, Academic Relations Committee, and Committee of Research and Academic Advisors.

The IIA supports internal audit career opportunities for college students through its Internal Audit Academic Awareness Program and the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP).

For additional information on the scholarship program, go to Completed scholarship application forms and essays should be submitted to The deadline is Jan. 31 for submissions addressing the question, “What are some of the issues internal auditors should be aware of regarding the use of AI in business?”

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