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Internal Auditor Announces Essay Contest Winner

Union University graduate student first recipient of magazine’s $1,000 scholarship

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (May 16, 2016) — A student seeking a master’s degree in accountancy from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., is the inaugural winner of a US$1,000 scholarship from Internal Auditor magazine, the world’s leading publication covering the internal audit profession.

Hunter Martin’s essay, “IPPF Update Clears the Smudges on the Window Looking into the World of Internal Auditing” was chosen from nearly 40 entries to win the first of six US$1,000 scholarships in the magazine’s year-long contest. The essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students globally who write the most informative and intuitive essay on specific internal audit subjects.

The scholarship essay contests challenge 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.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the response to the first contest and are eagerly awaiting submissions for the second,” said Anne Millage, Internal Auditor editor in chief. “Hunter Martin’s essay sets a high bar for future winners, and we are excited about publishing his essay online.”

Each essay is judged as a blind submission, and winners are chosen by a panel of six internal audit professionals from The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Publications Advisory Committee, Academic Relations Committee, and Committee of Research and Academic Advisors. In addition to having their essays published on, the winner, as well as four additional finalists, receives a one-year student membership to The IIA.

The four other finalists in the first essay contest are:

  • Caitlin Inman, Union University
  • Joshua Sander, Union University
  • Angela Obolsky, Arizona State University
  • Hannah Conway, Union University

The strong showing by Union University — four of the five finalists attend the school — speaks highly of the university’s internal audit program, Millage said.

The director of academic research at the school’s McAfee School of Business said the magazine contests open up great opportunities for students of internal auditing and accounting.

“This is a great opportunity for students to focus on and learn more about topics not typically addressed or emphasized in the traditional accounting classes,” said Karen Miller, PhD, CPA. “I teach an internal audit class, so we love to embrace these opportunities when they arise."

The submission period for the next scholarship question, What are the most important soft skills internal auditors need to develop to be successful in today's business environment, and why?, is open until May 31.

The IIA has long supported academic relations through its 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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