Press Release



James Schiavone

AICPA Foundation Awards $233,300 to 78 Minority Accounting Scholars 

Published October 25, 2011

New York (Oct. 25, 2011) - The AICPA has awarded the AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students to 78 accounting students from 36 states across the country for the 2011-12 academic year. The recipients were selected through a rigorous process designed to ensure their top-notch academic and leadership capabilities.

This year’s scholarship received 272 eligible applicants, a major increase from previous years. Minority Scholarship recipients include students in both undergraduate and graduate level accounting programs who have maintained a minimum 3.3 grade point average. All students must plan on pursuing the CPA licensure.

“Being an AICPA Scholarship recipient is an honor which will provide me with opportunities that my parents never had,” said Adilene Mercado, an accounting major at the University of Washington in Seattle. “The scholarship is helping me live my dream of being the first in my family to go to college and ultimately using my education to give back to my community.”

The following students were among those selected as recipients for designated awards:

Stuart Kessler Scholarship Recipient
Scott Williams, University of Southern California

New Jersey Society of CPAs
Elaine Gil, Rutgers University
Iram Khan, Rider University

Robert Half International
Christopher Sanchez, University of Connecticut

Accounting Education Foundation of the Texas Society of CPAs
Stephanie Aranda, Southern Methodist University
Joston Benton, Southern Methodist University
Adlith Castillo, University of Houston
Loren Dailey, Texas A&M University
Jaleesa Frank, University of Houston
Joneesha Henderson, University of Texas-Dallas
James Henshall, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Ryan Macia, University of Texas at Austin
Minchau Nguyen, University of Houston
Robin Simon, University of Texas at Austin
Carolyn Solorzano, University of Texas at Austin

States with the most Minority Scholarship recipients this year are Texas (11), North Carolina (10) and Georgia (5).

Scholarship funding is provided by the AICPA Foundation with contributions from the Accounting Education Foundation of the Texas Society of CPAs, the New Jersey Society of CPAs and Robert Half International. Each student receives an individual award ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 to fund expenses related to their pursuit of an accounting degree. 

A complete list of the 2011-12 AICPA Minority Scholarship recipients is available at www.aicpa.org/minorityscholarship.

The application deadline for the 2012-2013 AICPA Minority Scholarship program is April 1, 2012.

The AICPA Minority Scholarship began in 1969 with the aim to increase the ethnic diversity of the CPA profession. Since the program’s inception, the AICPA Minority Scholarship has awarded approximately $14.6 million.

To learn more about the AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students and other scholarship opportunities, visit www.aicpa.org/scholarships.

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