A mature student from Tipperary has been named the overall winner in the CPA Ireland Student Development Award 2014 and will now receive €5000 towards achieving her goal of becoming a professional accountant. Shortlisted from hundreds of entries, Martina Woodlock from Thurles impressed the judges with her commitment to pursuing a career in accountancy after working as a dental nurse for more than 20 years.
Martina is currently studying for a degree in Accountancy and Finance from LIT Tipperary and on completion will progress to studying the CPA qualification following her success in this competition.
Martina was announced as winner by CPA Ireland President, Mr Cormac Fitzgerald, and will receive €5000 to be used to fund her CPA accountancy education. Aleksandra Bobro, originally from Poland and now living in Arklow, Co. Wicklow received a runner up prize of €1000 bursary.
Speaking about the competition, Ciara Murphy, Marketing Executive with CPA Ireland explains: “People can often be held back from studying CPA because of the unfounded belief that they need an accountancy background, however our students include school leavers, undergraduate, post graduate, mature students and those seeking a change in career, like our worthy winner Martina.
“At CPA Ireland, we developed this competition to help people realise their ambition of pursuing a career in accountancy, which can be challenging and rewarding and offers great opportunities for professionals to advance to leadership roles in organisations. This prize fund is an opportunity for someone to make a life changing career move, and we congratulate Martina on successfully achieving the next step of her journey to becoming a CPA accountant.”
Other finalists in the competition included Aoife Byrnes of Strandhill, Sligo; Olga Pyrka of Kinsale, Co Cork and Milosz Brozek, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.