AICPA Announces $650,000 in Accounting Scholarships Available

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) announced that more than $650,000 in scholarships for accounting students is available for the 2019-20 academic year. The applications will be available online at ThisWaytoCPA until March 1.

The scholarships, part of the AICPA Legacy Scholars Program, reflect the AICPAs commitment to support promising undergraduate and graduate students in their efforts to enter the accounting profession. This year, the program will provide more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students with academic scholarships.

These scholarships include:

  • AICPA Foundation Two-year Transfer Scholarship Award – This $5,000 scholarship award is available to students looking to transfer from a two-year college to a four-year institution to complete their degree in accounting or an accounting-related field. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship Award – This $5,000 scholarship award provides financial assistance to liberal arts and non-business undergraduate degree holders who are pursuing both graduate studies in accounting and CPA licensure. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • AICPA/Robert Half Student Scholarship Award – This $10,000 scholarship award, provided by the AICPA and Robert Half, grants financial assistance to outstanding full-time undergraduate or graduate-level accounting students who demonstrate potential to become leaders in the CPA profession. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • AICPA Scholarship Award for Minority Accounting Students – This $3,000 – $5,000 scholarship award provides financial assistance to full-time, minority students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting or an accounting-related major. Applicants must have a GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

And, newly added this year:

  • American Womens Society of CPAs (AWSCPA) Scholarship Award – This $5,000 award provides financial assistance to outstanding female students majoring in accounting or an accounting-related field. The AICPA Foundation, the AICPAs Womens Initiatives Executive Committee and its newly created AWSCPA task force are sponsoring this new AWSCPA Scholarship Award to support the success of women in the accounting profession.

The AWSCPA scholarship award is an expansion of AICPAs efforts to ensure a robust pipeline of accounting talent is entering the accounting profession, said Joanne Fiore, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants vice president of professional media, academic and student engagement. The AICPA encourages all qualified students to apply for the AICPA Legacy Scholarships.

In addition to application information, students can find profiles of current Legacy Scholars and conduct a national search of other scholarship opportunities at ThisWaytoCPA.

The Legacy Scholars Program has awarded more than three million dollars in scholarships since it launched in 2011. Funding is provided by the AICPA Foundation, American Womens Society of CPAs, Robert Half and contributions from a number of state CPA societies.

For more information, email [email protected].

About the American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the worlds largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 431,000 members in 137 countries and territories, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives professional competency development to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and Ewing, NJ.

Media representatives are invited to visit the AICPA Press Center at www.aicpa.org/press.

About the AICPA Foundation

The AICPA Foundation was established in 1922 to advance accounting as a learned profession and promote its future. To encourage a wide range of talented and diverse students to pursue their CPA, the Foundation is committed to three main areas: accounting education and outreach, scholarships and fellowships, and diversity and inclusion. Within these areas of focus, the Foundation funds over $1.3 million in programming each year, provided in part by donations from individuals, state societies, accounting firms and others.

About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 667,000 members and students across 184 countries and territories in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally.

James Schiavone
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