Charles “Grant” Watson III received a $10,000 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCOAB) scholarship.  The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 provides that funds generated from the collection of monetary penalties imposed by the PCAOB must be used to fund a merit scholarship program for students in accredited accounting degree programs. The PCAOB Scholarship Program therefore has been created to identify eligible students for the scholarship program and award funds through the students’ educational institutions. The Board established the PCAOB scholarship program to provide a source of funding to encourage outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to pursue a career in auditing. 

Charles “Grant” Watson III is a junior double majoring in ACIS & Finance from Roanoke, VA. After his junior year, he will be interning at Dixon Hughes Goodman on the tax team in Richmond, VA. At Virginia Tech, he is involved with the Pamplin Leadership Development Team, the Student Hokie Club Leadership Council, and works for recreational sports as an intramural official. Last summer, Grant had the opportunity to intern at CBIZ which is a regional firm in his hometown in the Human Capital Management department. For fun, Grant loves to attend Virginia Tech football and basketball games as he has been a diehard Hokie fanatic since he was a little kid. Also, he enjoys playing intramural sports and pick-up basketball with his friends.