Babson graduate Peter William Rogers is among the winners of the 2009 Elijah Watt Sells Award of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

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Babson graduate Peter William Rogers is among the winners of the 2009 Elijah Watt Sells Award of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Rogers, who received a BS and Master of Science in Accounting, is currently employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York City.

The awards are presented annually to candidates who have obtained the 10 highest cumulative scores on all four sections of the computerized Uniform CPA Examination. The 2009 award is unique since multiple candidates received identical cumulative scores, resulting in a tie, increasing the total number of winners to 15. These candidates must have completed testing during the previous calendar year and passed each exam section on their first attempt. Over 93,000 individuals sat for the Exam in 2009.

The AICPA created the award to honor Elijah Watt Sells in 1923. Sells was one of the country’s first CPAs under the provision of a New York State law enacted in 1896 and a leader in advancing professional education. He was active in the establishment of the AICPA and was a founder of New York University’s School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance. He died in 1924. For more information on the exam, visit

Rogers graduated valedictorian of his 2008 Babson College class earning him the Caroll W. Ford Scholarship for highest cumulative average.

In addition, he received the Roger W. Babson Award for excellence in scholarship, co-curricular activities, and leadership – the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating senior. This is the same award his father, Ronald, a 1978 Babson alumnus, won thirty years ago!

Rogers, a 2004 graduate of Ridgewood High School and the son of Ronald & Louise Rogers of Ridgewood, also received the Clinton A. Petersen Accounting Award, and he is among those listed on Who’s Who Among Students in American University and Colleges. He earned dean’s list status all four years at Babson.

During the four years, Rogers also served on committees and boards including The College Judicial Board, which he chaired in his senior year; Admission Assistant Program; Academic Honesty & Integrity Committee; Conduct Council; Student Government Association; and as a mentor for the FME program (Foundation Management Experience), a required course for first-year students.

Other awards earned as a Babson student include the Sorenson Scholarship (2006), the Financial Executives International Merit Scholarship (2007), the PricewaterhouseCoopers xACT Case competition (2005), and the Financial Executives International Outstanding Graduating Student Award (2008). In the summer of 2006, Rogers studied at The London School of Economics with the Honors Program.


Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit

By Michael Chmura,, 781-239-4549 | 02/09/2011 08:52