BKD Colorado Associate Earns Elijah Watt Sells Award

Ashley McDowell's exam excellence won her the prestigious honor

BKD Colorado Associate Ashley McDowell has earned the 2018 Elijah Watt Sells Award, given to CPA candidates who pass all four sections of the Uniform CPA exam with a cumulative average score above 95.50, according to the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Only 110 individuals qualified out of some 86,000 exam takers.  McDowell was one of three BKD Associates, along with Michael Kimble of Louisville, Kentucky, and Benjamin Lyford of Springfield, Missouri, to earn this honor .  

“It’s not easy to win the Elijah Watt Sells Award, and it couldn’t be accomplished without intensive dedication," BKD CEO Ted Dickman says. "Ashley, Michael and Benjamin are excellent representatives of BKD values, and we’re proud of their achievements. Our team is excited to see how they’ll continue to grow their careers. New associates help build the future of our firm, and if these individuals are any indication, we can look forward to great success.”

McDowell graduated from University of Nebraska–Lincoln with her bachelor’s and MPA degrees and is with the firm’s Colorado Springs office.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA exam. Sells, one of the first CPAs in the U.S., was active in establishing the AICPA and played a key role in advancing professional education within the profession.


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