St. Bonaventure University accounting student Daniel Dunnigan has received three scholarships awarded by national or state accounting organizations. Dunnigan is the recipient of the Paula Zanni Award, presented annually to one outstanding undergraduate scholar by the Foundation of Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance. The Foundation promotes and advances education, career development and leadership in finance and accounting.
Dunnigan has also been selected to receive the New York State Society of CPAs Excellence in Accounting Scholarship and a National Society of Accountants Scholarship.
A student in the university’s five-year accounting BBA/MBA program from Pennellville, N.Y., he completed his undergraduate degree in May and will enter his final year at St. Bonaventure this fall.
Dunnigan has volunteered the past two years with SBU’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which brings federal and state income tax benefits to people with low and moderate incomes by providing free income tax preparation and e-filing. He has also been active in Students in Money Management, a student-run organization that manages and handles almost $500,000 in the stock market.
Dunnigan is an accomplished student and is involved in a number athletic, leadership and service activities, said Dr. Susan Anders, professor of accounting at St. Bonaventure who nominated Dunnigan for the AWFA award.
“My greatest appreciation for Daniel’s gifts come from his involvement in my personal service program, (VITA). Daniel has been a very valuable tax preparer volunteer for two years. In addition to providing excellent service to taxpayers, he gladly works with less experienced volunteers to help train them,” said Anders.
He graduated in May with honors with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He received the John G. Watson Award for Business Leadership and The New York State Society of CPAs Senior Award of Honor.
Dunnigan is a dean’s list student and a Pacioli Scholar in the School of Business. A member of the university’s NCAA Division I golf team, Dunnigan was one of five golfers named to the Atlantic 10 Conference Academic All-Conference golf team last spring.
On the golf course, Dunnigan finished in a tie for 29th at the Atlantic 10 Championship in April. For the season, he played in 11 tournaments and averaged a career-low 77.4 over 27 rounds. He has also served as president of the university’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
This summer he is interning at the Boston office of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, where he is on the asset management team. In his free time, he works as a caddy at Brookline Country Club.
Dunnigan plans to complete his MBA, attend law school and become a tax attorney with a special interest in serving veterans.
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