The AICPA Is (Still) Giving Out Free Money For Education, Here’s How to Get Yours

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Last year around this time, we gave you a heads up on the AICPA Legacy Scholars program, an AICPA initiative to make it rain on the future rockstars of the profession. Do people still use make it rain these days? Whatever, I’m old. Anyway, they give out cash, and that’s most definitely a good thing. Winners for last year were announced in September; you’ll forgive us if we didn’t make that a headline at the time. Despite our determination that the winner announcement was less newsworthy than an urgent need to make fun of proud auditors, it’s worth noting that last year’s take meant $666,000 in academic scholarships to 129 students. Nothing to sneeze at for sure.

This year, they have more than $650,000 in total scholarships available with an open application period to March 1, 2020. According to an AICPA press release, “these scholarships provide support to students with a variety of backgrounds, including liberal arts majors pursuing a graduate degree in accounting, minority and female scholars or those transferring from a two-year to a four-year institution.”

$10,000
AICPA/Robert Half Student Scholarship Award

This 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.

$5,000
AWSCPA Scholarship Award

This award provides financial assistance to outstanding female students majoring in accounting or an accounting-related field. The AICPA Foundation, the AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee, and its AWSCPA task force sponsor the AWSCPA Scholarship Award to support the success of women in the accounting profession.

$5,000
AICPA Foundation Scholarship for Future CPAs

This scholarship award provides financial assistance to undergraduate or graduate degree students interested in pursuing the CPA license after graduation. Recipients will be considered based on their overall potential and commitment to becoming licensed CPA professionals after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

$5,000
AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship Award

This 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.

$3,000 – $5,000
AICPA Scholarship Award for Minority Accounting Students

This scholarship award provides financial awards 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.

$5,000
AICPA Foundation Two-year Transfer Scholarship Award

This 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.

As always, even if you don’t qualify for any of the above, you can do a national scholarship search to see if there’s one out there that’s a better fit.

For more information and/or to apply, get thee to This Way to CPA. And good luck!

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