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CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois Provides Laptops to Accounting Students Impacted by COVID-19

In this emergency action, the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois is awarding 16 laptops for students at nine Illinois schools, including DePaul University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Loyola University, Northeastern Illinois ...

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In its mission to support future CPAs, the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois—the charitable partner of the Illinois CPA Society—has committed to delivering laptops to accounting students impacted by coronavirus-related college closures.

As COVID-19 spreads across the nation, Illinois schools are shuttering their doors, forcing students to turn to personal computers and home internet access to continue their assignments. That’s an issue for many college students in accounting programs across the state. Some have always relied on computers at school or public libraries that are now closed. Others have laptops so old they can no longer run the accounting software required in today’s classrooms. Some are struggling to complete assignments on the small screens of their smartphones just to get by. And many have just one home computer that is now being shared with family, including parents who need to use it for remote work and siblings who are also attempting to attend online classes.

In this emergency action, the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois is awarding 16 laptops for students at nine Illinois schools, including DePaul University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Loyola University, Northeastern Illinois University, Oakton Community College, Roosevelt University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of St. Francis.

“Delivering laptops to deserving students during this health crisis is a very tangible way the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois can make a difference in their lives during a very trying time,” says Kari Natale, CAE, senior director of the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois. “The COVID-19 pandemic has upended their semesters and, as much as possible, we want to make sure it doesn’t upend their studies or their futures in the accounting profession.”

For more on this initiative, you’re invited to read, reprint, or share the Insight article, “Laptops: A Lifeline for Students Impacted by COVID-19.” To participate in this initiative or donate a laptop to a deserving accounting student on the wait list, please contact Kari Natale at natalek@icpas.org.