PA Graduate awarded Deloitte 2021 Doctoral Fellowship

PA Graduate awarded Deloitte 2021 Doctoral Fellowship

The Deloitte Foundation has selected Anish Sharma, a member of the Pillow Academy class of 2010, as a recipient of their 2021 Doctoral Fellowship.  This fellowship is given to the 10 top accounting Ph.D. candidates across the U.S.  The $25,000 fellowship is intended to support the 2021 recipients’ final year of coursework and the subsequent year to complete their doctoral dissertation.  Anish Sharma is pursuing his Ph.D. in accounting at Indiana University.

Throughout high school, Anish participated in many academic and extra-curricular activities. He graduated with highest honors as Valedictorian in 2010. He was selected for the PA Hall of Fame and served as president of the Pillow Academy Student Council.  As a member of the PA Mustangs basketball team, he received the Thoroughbred award and was named All Conference Honorable Mention.

“I am very fortunate to have attended Pillow where I was surrounded by teachers who cared about me and my future. Whether it was basketball practice or math class, I was always pushed to do my best, and that work ethic has stuck with me. At Ole Miss, I was able to build upon the foundation that Pillow laid and hone in on my academic interests.” Said Sharma.

Sharma graduated with a Master of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi in 2015.  While at Ole Miss, he was selected for the University’s highest honor as a member of the 2014 Class Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Taylor Medal, President of the Patterson School of Accountancy, Associated Student Body Director of Athletics, Robert M. Carrier Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Mortar Board Honor Society, Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Order of Omega Honor Society, Sigma Nu Man of the Year, and Sigma Nu Scholar of the Year.

Upon graduation, Sharma accepted a job with Deloitte Accounting Firm in Dallas, TX.  While at Deloitte he was rated as the highest performer within the Dallas Investment Management group, elected as a first-year Peer Group Leader and co-founded the Young Professionals Business Resource Group.  Sharma said teaching has always been something that he thought would be a good career choice for him.  His love for learning and sharing that knowledge propelled him to pursue his Ph.D. in accounting.

Sharma said “Since my parents are teachers, I had always thought about becoming a professor, but I didn't decide to pursue a PhD in accounting until I wrote my senior honors thesis. After working for Deloitte in Dallas for 3 years as an auditor, I decided to attend Indiana University. Ultimately, I chose Indiana University because the collegial environment reminded me of Pillow and Ole Miss. After obtaining a PhD, I plan to become an accounting professor. I hope to teach my future students a fraction of what Pillow, Ole Miss, and Indiana have taught me.”