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Erin Melinda Perdue Koski, CPA

Was awarded scholarships for four years beginning in 1995. She is the Audit Managing Partner at McDirmit Davis and Company in Orlando, Florida. She graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida. She is active in the community, serving as the president of the University of Central Florida's Accounting and Advisory Board, a member of the Accounting and Advisory Board for Valencia Community College, serves on the Board of Governors for the Citrus Club, and is the founding president of the University of Central Florida's Dixon School of Accounting Alumni Association. Erin was eligible for the scholarship because her father broke his back at work in 1987.

"This injury caused a huge financial burden to my family since my father could no longer work. Growing up in a financially challenged environment made me realize the value of a college education. The scholarship enabled me to attend college and pursue the career I have always dreamed of. Thanks to the Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund, I was able to pursue my studies at the University of Central Florida and graduated with a 3.9 GPA. After attending college I was offered a job at Arthur Andersen where I started my auditing career. Due to my hard work at the University of Central Florida I was able to pass the CPA exam. I have now been a practicing CPA since 1999."

– Erin Melinda Koski

Ms. Koski is a member of the Statewide Scholarship Selection Committee, the Alumni Committee and, in 2012, was elected to the statewide Board of Directors.

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