By Laurie Vicente, CSMP | September 26, 2017

CHICAGO, Illinois (Sept. 26, 2017)— Brilliant™, an award-winning search, staffing and management resources firm specializing in accounting, finance and information technology, awarded two accountancy students from Northern Illinois University (NIU) a Brilliant Financial Search (a division of Brilliant) scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Chad Nolte and Will Unseth, both upper-level accountancy majors at NIU in DeKalb, Illinois, were selected as recipients of the annual scholarship award—receiving $2,000 each for the school year.

“I am extremely honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Brilliant Financial Search scholarship. This award allows me to focus on my classes and extracurricular activities in order to reach my goal of becoming an internal auditor when I graduate. Thank you, Brilliant, for the generous gift and continued support of NIU’s Accounting program,” says Nolte.

Unseth adds, “I cannot thank Brilliant enough for the scholarship that was awarded to me. It makes me feel great that my hard work in and out of the classroom has been seen and rewarded.”

The scholarships were presented on Sept. 6, 2017, at the Beta Alpha Psi/Accountancy Alumni Awards Banquet in the Holmes Student Center on NIU’s campus.

NIU alum and Brilliant CEO Jim Wong, CPA (Inactive) says, “It’s a privilege to award these individuals with resources to support their accountancy studies. More than 25 years ago, I received the same award from the NIU Accountancy Program. I’m happy to be able to give back to the university who helped my career by paying it forward to these future accounting professionals.”

The scholarship recipients are selected by the NIU Accountancy Department Awards Committee based off various academic criteria.

To learn more, visit the Brilliant Website.

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Brilliant is an award-winning search, staffing and management resources firm specializing in accounting, finance and information technology for the greater Chicago and south Florida labor markets. The firm represents high-quality accounting, finance and information technology talent and matches them with hiring companies throughout various industries including manufacturing, distribution, health care, professional services, retail, legal, technology, real estate, nonprofit organizations, software and hospitality, among others. Many of Brilliant’s team members include former hiring managers, and accounting and finance professionals from the Big 4 accounting firms, as well as other leading professionals in the industry. Since its inception in 2009, Brilliant has been recognized on many prestigious lists including being ranked No. 6 on Forbes’ 2017 America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms and No. 25 on Forbes 2017 America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms—not to mention Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50 for three straight years including No. 1 in 2015, Staffing Industry Analysts Fastest-Growing Staffing Firms in the United States for three straight years including No. 2 in 2015, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Talent for North America two years in a row, Inc. 5000 for three straight years, Best Places to Work South Florida, 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® for four straight years, and others. To learn more about Brilliant, visit, call 312.582.1800 or follow @BrilliantFS on social media.

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