Former Partnership Grant Recipient Bio 7

Travis Gucciardo graduated from Gillespie High School in 2008. He was awarded the Jim Masterson Memorial Scholarship. (Jim was the chair of The Partnership’s Citizens Advisory Committee and the beloved “spark plug” of the organization.) Travis used the $500 Partnership for Educational Excellence award to attend Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE).

“During my time at SIUE, I earned my bachelor’s degree in accounting,” he recounts. After he graduated in 2012, Travis began studies to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) while working in his mother’s firm, Gina Gucciardo CPA, at its Gillespie office.

He earned his CPA license in 2015. Subsequently, Travis began working at the company’s second office in Edwardsville.

“My responsibilities include tax return preparation and review for individuals and businesses, bookkeeping, payroll and sales tax services for businesses, and general office upkeep,” he says. Travis will continue to take courses in order to renew his CPA license.

Currently living in Edwardsville, Travis keeps busy spending his free time with family and friends and playing soccer. “In the near future, I plan to keep working in the family business and help the new location in Edwardsville grow into a successful office,” he says.

“I greatly appreciate receiving a scholarship from The Partnership for Educational Excellence. If not for my post-secondary education, I would not be where I am today,” he says. “Not only did college prepare me for my career, but I also gained experience in finding a balance between working hard and having fun. I am hopeful that The Partnership will be able to continue helping other GHS graduates for many years to come,” concludes Travis.

Travis is the son of Bob and Gina Gucciardo of rural Plainview.