Internal Auditor magazine recently announced that Abigail Andrews, a graduate student at Michigan State University, is the final winner of the publication's 2016 essay contest.

Representing the last of six winners chosen last year, Andrews received a $1,000 scholarship from the magazine for her essay, answering the question, “How can internal auditors best communicate difficult findings/messages to their customers and stakeholders?”

Abigail Andrews
Abigail Andrews

2016 marked the first year of the magazine’s contest, open to both undergrad and grad students around the world who penned essays on various internal audit topics.

Essays were judged as blind submissions, with winners chosen by a panel of internal audit professionals from The IIA Publications Advisory Committee, Academic Relations Committee, and Committee of Research and Academic Advisors. Winners are published on and earn a one-year student membership to The IIA.

“The submissions for the December essay reflected the high caliber of student effort we’ve seen throughout this contest,” said Anne Millage, Internal Auditor editor-in-chief. “It is particularly gratifying that our winner and one of our four finalists already are members of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).”

The essay contest will continue to be offered in 2017, with new topic questions appearing in Internal Auditor throughout the year.

For more information on the contest, head to the Internal Auditor's site here.


Sean McCabe

Sean McCabe is a senior editor with Accounting Today.