Elijah Watt Sells Award

Elijah Watt Sells Award Digital Badge

Each spring, the AICPA bestows its Elijah Watt Sells Award upon high-performing candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA Exam
  • Passed all four sections of the Exam on the first attempt

You are eligible for the award in the calendar year following the year in which you complete testing. (e.g. you pass your final section in 2017 and you receive the award in spring 2018). The AICPA will contact you if you meet the award’s eligibility criteria. 

The AICPA has bestowed the Elijah Watt Sells Award on candidates for outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Examination® since 1923. Sells was one of the country’s first CPAs. He was active in the establishment of the AICPA and played a key role helping to advance professional education in the profession.