AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

April 01

Awarded By

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Award Amount

$5,000 annually, non-renewable. Past recipients cannot reapply. Scholarship aid may be used only for the payment of expenses that directly relate to obtaining an accounting education (e.g., tuition, fees, room and board, and/or books and materials only). Scholarship payments are sent directly to the student's financial aid office on behalf of the student at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.


Five awards offered annually.

Additional Information

This award is part of the AICPA Legacy Scholarship program. The AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship program provides financial assistance to liberal arts and non-business degree holders who are pursuing both graduate studies in accounting and the CPA licensure. These awards are intended to encourage students with little or no previous accounting education to consider professional accounting careers. All students must meet the following criteria: have some financial need (i.e., not already be receiving a full or partial scholarship(s) that covers or exceeds one’s educational expenses); have obtained a liberal arts or other non-business undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States prior to enrolling in a graduate accounting program; and not have earned more than 12 credits in accounting or business during his/her undergraduate program. Awards will be announced on Aug. 1. Students selected to receive an AICPA Legacy Scholarship award must participate in the AICPA Legacy Scholars program which includes performing at least eight hours of community service per semester to advocate for the CPA profession. Through their community service efforts, AICPA Legacy Scholars enhance their leadership and communication skills by building relationships with both aspiring and seasoned CPAs. AICPA staff and their family members are not eligible to receive this scholarship.

Deadline Info

Applications are available online from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) website. The student must apply via the AICPA online application system. The student will be req ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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