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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