AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students 


    The AICPA Minority Scholarship awards outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. For over four decades, this program has provided over $14.6 million in scholarships to approximately 8,000 accounting scholars. Funding is provided by the AICPA Foundation, with contributions from the following organizations:

    • Accounting Education Foundation of Texas Society of CPAs
    • New Jersey Society of CPAs
    • Virgin Islands Society of CPAs
    • Robert Half International

    2014-15 Minority Scholarship Recipients
    For the 2014-15 academic year, 92 accounting students were awarded a total of $277,500. These outstanding students demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, leadership and commitment to pursuing the CPA.

    Special Awards
    The Institute is also pleased to express congratulations to the following individuals who have been selected to receive exclusive honors from the organizations noted below:

    Stuart Kessler Scholarship Recipient
    Jessica Glenn - Bowling Green State University

    New Jersey Society of CPAs
    Joshua Rodriguez - Rowan University
    Valentina Cruz - Montclair State University

    Robert Half International
    Kristen Creamer - University of New Mexico
    Sabrena Carter - Eastern Michigan University

    Accounting Education Foundation of the Texas Society of CPAs
    Briana Brooks - University of Texas at Austin
    Carolina Rangel - Texas A&M University
    Courtney Caldwell - University of Houston
    Estefani Ruiz - Texas A&M University
    Hyeongil Lee - University of Texas at Austin
    Loren Lirely - University of Texas at Austin
    Naci Sigler - Lamar University

    Scholarship Amount/Payments
    Recipients receive individual awards of up to $5,000 per academic year. Scholarship aid may be used only for the payment of expenses that directly relate to obtaining an accounting education. 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.

    Program Eligibility Requirements
    The 2015-16 program eligibility requirements will be posted in December 2014. For more details, click here.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    How do I apply to the Minority Scholarship?
    Applications are accepted online between December and April 1st on ThisWayToCPA

    When is the deadline for the Minority Scholarship application?
    The Minority Scholarship deadline is April 1st.

    What is the review/selection process?
    Completed applications will be reviewed and ranked by a scholarship selection task force. Recipient selection is based on academic achievement; demonstration of leadership and volunteerism; and overall commitment to becoming a licensed CPA professional.

    When will applicants of the program be notified?
    All applicants will be notified of final selection by August 1st.

    Is the AICPA Minority Scholarship renewable?
    The Minority Scholarship is a renewable award. However, renewals are neither automatic nor guaranteed. Students who wish to renew their scholarship award must complete an application the following spring.

    What if I have additional questions about this program?
    For additional questions regarding the AICPA Minority Scholarship program, email

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