Published: April 28, 2020

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) recently announced that two of Leeds MS Accounting alumni, William Linkenheil (MSAcct’19) and Nathaniel Putnam (MSAcct’19), are recipients of the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award. They join an elite group of 137 winners chosen from nearly 75,000 individuals who took the exam.


Receiving the award is arguably one of the most prestigious CPA exam-oriented recognitions available. The stringent requirements to qualify for the award include obtaining a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination and passing all four sections on the first attempt in 2019. Each section focuses on diverse accounting knowledge and the pass rate for the exam is roughly 51%.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award was established in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA Exam by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Sells, who was one of the first CPAs in the U.S., was an active member of the AICPA and helped advance professional education within the Accounting field.

The Leeds School of Business extends our congratulations to the award winners on this great achievement.