Students had to apply for consideration and the finalists were revealed April 19. With an expected graduation date of December 2019, the honor also earned the accounting and finance major $1,000. Winners additionally received a digital subscription to FEI Daily, a certificate of academic excellence from FEI National President and CEO Andrej Suskavcevic, and a standing invitation to all FY 2019-20 FEI of Northeastern Wisconsin chapter meetings and events. Birschbach, a Fond du Lac native, also received special recognition at FEI’s April chapter meeting.
The 15-year awards program recognizes and rewards the demonstrated excellence of finance and accounting students from colleges throughout the area. Established in 1931, FEI is organized exclusively for financial professionals with the mission of advancing the success of senior-level financial executives, their organizations and the profession. It is comprised of more than 10,000 chief financial officers, vice presidents of finance, treasurers, controllers and other financial executives from more than 8,000 firms. Comprised of 65 chapters, the Northeastern Wisconsin chapter is one of its largest with approximately 245 members.