Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop 

    About the Workshop

    The AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop is an annual invitational program for minority accounting students who plan to pursue the CPA designation. This event aims to strengthen students’ professional skills and understanding of the limitless possibilities and benefits of earning the CPA credential. Through speakers, panel discussions and interactive programs, participants gain confidence and an enhanced understanding of the various career paths with the accounting profession to prepare them for the steps that follow graduation.

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    An all-expenses paid event, the AICPA covers the cost of student attendees’ transportation, hotel accommodation and meals. Learn more about the AICPA Foundation.

    Eligibility Requirements

    To attend, a student must:

    • Be a declared accounting, finance or tax major who intends to pursue the CPA credential
    • Be a sophomore, junior, senior, 5th year, or graduate student for the 2014-15 academic year
    • Have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Be actively involved in campus and community activities
    • Have not attended a past workshop
    • Be an ethnic minority (i.e., Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; Native American; or Asian, etc.)
    • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident (green card holder)
    • Be a Student Affiliate Member of the AICPA

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I apply to attend this event?
    So glad you asked! The application period is now open for the 2015 program through April 30th, so don't delay...apply today.

    If I am graduating in spring/summer 2015, may I still attend the workshop?

    Yes: this is an ideal program for recent graduates. This workshop benefits attendees by strengthening networking and communication skills to prepare workplace leaders.

    If I have attended a past AICPA Workshop, may I come back?
    To enable as many students as possible to have this experience, students who have attended a previous workshop may not attend.

    What if I have another obligation (class, work) at the same time as the workshop and still want to attend?
    Students are required to attend the workshop for the full two days. The AICPA will provide your employer or teacher with information regarding the content and benefit of your participation in this program.

    I am ready to apply what type of information or documentation do I need to have prepared to submit an application that is review ready?
    In addition to the above eligibility requirements you will also need the following; unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation (at least one must be either a faculty member OR a licensed CPA), a brief 500 word essay and that is all, a motivational quote (we want to know what keeps you charged up). Don’t fret over the essay, we have easy to follow tips right here to help you get started.

    May I attend if I am already a CPA?
    No, those persons who are already CPAs are not eligible to attend as participants.

    How do I learn more about the Leadership Workshop and other AICPA diversity programs?
    Contact us with your inquiry and contact information.

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