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

2016-17 Minority Scholarship Recipients
For the 2016-17 academic year, 94 accounting students were awarded a total of $451,000. These outstanding students demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, leadership and commitment to pursuing the CPA.

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 2017-18 program eligibility requirements will be posted in January 2017. 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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