Virginia Tech Junior Awarded Prestigious Bridge Builder Scholarship

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RADNOR, PA — Surgent Accounting & Financial Education, a division of KnowFully Learning Group, announced that Jonathan Randle, a junior at Virginia Tech, is the recipient of the 2022 WinterTerm Paul Wiese Bridge Builder Scholarship Award.

In addition to a cash prize of $2,500, Randle’s scholarship award gives him access to one of Surgent’s full review courses for the certification of his choice. He selected the full Surgent CPA Review course.

Randle is studying to become a certified public accountant (CPA), inspired by and following in the footsteps of his aunt, who is a successful CPA and chief financial officer. A bright student with a Mandarin Chinese tutoring business, he enjoys combining what he learns in college and internships and applying it toward his entrepreneurial goals.

“Jonathan’s passion for the accounting profession is infectious,” said Liz Kolar, Surgent’s executive vice president. “He’s incredibly enthusiastic about kicking off his career and starting his journey to becoming a CPA with Surgent. We congratulate Jonathan on being the winner of the Paul Wiese Bridge Builder Scholarship Award, as he embodies the exact type of student Paul loved to support.”

Surgent renamed its university scholarship award in 2021 to honor Wiese, a team member who passed away in 2021. The company chose the new name based on Wiese’s deep commitment to supporting students in their career aspirations. The scholarship is part of Surgent’s broader grant program, which in 2022 alone awarded over $425,000 in cash scholarships and review courses.

“I am currently enrolled in the 152-hour program for students interested in becoming Certified Public Accountants. It combines undergraduate and graduate coursework and allows students to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years,” Randle said. “Knowing Surgent is alongside me as I work toward my CPA will greatly help me achieve my goals and help me pass with flawless marks. Having a clear path toward my future career was a huge factor in why I chose to study accounting.”

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The Paul Wiese Bridge Builder Scholarship Award is open to all business students who are working toward an accounting or finance-related major and attending an accredited college or university within the United States. Each spring and winter semester, the award provides winning applicants a cash scholarship of $2,500 along with a full review course for the certification of their choice, including CPA, CMA, EA or SIE.

For more information about the Paul Wiese Bridge Builder Scholarship Award, visit

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