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Internal Auditor Announces Final Scholarship of 2016

Michigan State University graduate student earns magazine’s $1,000 scholarship

Abigail Andrews
Abigail Andrews

LAKE MARY, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2017) — Abigail Andrews, a graduate student at Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., is the winner of a US$1,000 scholarship from Internal Auditor magazine, the world’s leading publication covering the internal audit profession.

Andrews’ essay was chosen as the final of six US$1,000 scholarships awarded in the first year of the magazine’s contest. The essay contest was open to undergraduate and graduate students globally who wrote the most informative and intuitive essay on specific internal audit subjects. This essay responded to the question, “How can internal auditorsbest communicate difficult findings/messages to their customers and stakeholders?”

The scholarship essay contests challenged 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 scholarship will continue to be offered in 2017 with new questions tied to articles featured in Internal Auditor throughout the year.

“The submissions for the December essay reflected the high caliber of student effort we’ve seen throughout this contest,” said Anne Millage, Internal Auditor editor in chief. “It is particularly gratifying that our winner and one of our four finalists already are members of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).”

Throughout the contest, essays were judged as blind submissions, and winners were chosen by a panel of six internal audit professionals from The IIA Publications Advisory Committee, Academic Relations Committee, and Committee of Research and Academic Advisors. In addition to having their essays published on, the winners, as well as four additional finalists, received a one-year student membership to The IIA.

The four other finalists in the essay contest are:

  • Gbemisola Adebesin, Abilene Christian University, Texas
  • Mark D’Annunzio, Pennsylvania State University
  • Cecilia Estrada Lozoya, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Gregory Shields, Regis University, Colorado

The IIA has long supported academic relations through its Internal Audit Academic Awareness Program and the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP), which were created to encourage development of stellar learning opportunities for students interested in internal audit careers.

For additional information on the scholarship program, including essay topics, submission periods, application forms, and more go to Completed scholarship application forms and essays should be submitted to

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