AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Number of Awards & Eligibility: varies
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 or more semester hours if an undergraduate student, and 9 or more semester hours if a graduate student) for the 2017-2018 academic year. An exception may be granted if the student plans to participate in an internship.
  3. Must have an overall and major grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Must be a member of an underrepresented minority group in the accounting profession. This includes, but is not limited to, the following minority groups: Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; Native American; Pacific Islander; or Asian American.
  5. Must be pursuing an undergraduate- or graduate-level degree in an accounting-related major (as determined by AICPA). The applicant must plan to pursue CPA licensure but not presently be a CPA.
  6. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder).
  7. Must be accepted into or enrolled in a public or private, not-for-profit (501(c)) four-year college or university located in the U.S. states or territories for the full 2017-2018 academic year; the school's business program must be accredited by the AACSB and/or ACBSP (exceptions may be granted but are not guaranteed). Undergraduate students must have successfully completed 30 or more semester hours of college coursework, including six or more semester hours in accounting, by the end of spring 2017.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who are members of an underrepresented ethnic minority group and are enrolled in an accounting-related program are eligible for this award. Students must have an overall and major grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Application requirements for the AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students are:

  • Application form
Additional Information: This award is part of the AICPA Legacy Scholarship program. The AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students provides financial awards to outstanding minority students to encourage their pursuit of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. Scholarship funding is provided by the AICPA Foundation, with contributions from the New Jersey Society of CPAs, the Accounting Education Foundation of the Texas Society of CPAs, Virgin Islands Society of CPAs, and Robert Half International. Applicants must demonstrate some financial need (i.e., not receiving a full or partial scholarship(s) and/or grant(s) that cover and/or exceed one's educational expenses). Awards will be announced on Aug. 1. Recipients 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

Award Amount: $3,000 to $5,000 annually. Awards are renewable; however, renewals are neither automatic nor guaranteed. Students who wish to renew their scholarship award must reapply the following year. 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.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $25,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, March 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, March 1

The application deadline date has not yet been finalized for this year, but is expected to remain the same as last year. The deadline date shown here is tentative based on last year's date. Please check back in December for a refreshed application deadline date. 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 required to create an account with his/her email address if he/she does not already have an AICPA account. If the student is not currently an AICPA student affiliate member, he/she will be prompted to submit a membership application prior to accessing the scholarship information. Membership is at no cost; additional membership information is available online at Applications must be submitted by the deadline date.
About American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA):
Contact Information: Samantha Mitchell (AICPA) or Meaghan Toon (R+M on behalf of AICPA), Scholarship Manager
Address: 220 Leigh Farm Road Durham, North Carolina 27707

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