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Featured: Grant Seuferer ’14 Recognized for Top CPA Exam Performance

April 22, 2016
Grant Seuferer is a winner of the 2015 Elijah Watt Sells Award, earned by .08 percent of 2015 CPA candidates.

Grant Seuferer ’14 is a winner of the 2015 Elijah Watt Sells Award, earned by .08 percent of 2015 CPA candidates.

by Jenni Hodges

The American Institute of CPAs has announced Grant Seuferer is a winner of the 2015 Elijah Watt Sells Award. Seuferer, a Central College graduate in 2014, is now a tax consultant for Deloitte in Des Moines and has completed a Master of Accounting degree from Iowa State University. The prestigious award was earned by just .08 percent of 2015 CPA candidates.

“I credit Central for providing the knowledge and tools I need to succeed,” Seuferer said. “The education I received at Central was top-notch, and my experiences there pushed me to become a better student, athlete and person. So thank you to all of the faculty, staff, and coaches at Central.”

The Elijah Watt Sells Award was given to CPA candidates who obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the examination on the first attempt and completed testing in 2015.

A total 93,742 individuals sat for the examination in 2015, and Seuferer was one of only 75 candidates who met the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

The award program was established by the AICPA in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA Examination. Sells, one of the first CPAs in the U.S., played a key role advancing professional education within the profession.

At Central, Seuferer also played varsity baseball and graduated with a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA.

“He was a very dedicated student,” said assistant professor of accounting Maggie Schlerman. “I’m happy to see that his hard work has been recognized on a national level. Our entire department is very proud of Grant’s accomplishment.”

Read more: Grant Seuferer shares about graduate school — with Jessica Riebkes and Frederick Koke.

Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.