AICPA Scholarships

AICPA offers many scholarship opportunities for accounting students at varying points in their academic careers. Additionally, we encourage students to contact their state CPA societies and college/university financial aid offices for other potential sources of financial assistance. For additional information about the scholarships listed on this page, visit the following websites:

AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students

The AICPA Minority Doctoral Fellowship seeks to increase the representation of ethnically diverse CPA professors in college/university classrooms. 

Requirements: An eligible student must be/have

  • a) applied to a doctoral program and am awaiting word on acceptance; b) been accepted into a doctoral program; or c)already matriculated in a doctoral program and pursuing appropriate coursework
  • earned a Master’s Degree and/or completed at least 3 years of full-time experience in the accounting practice
  • be a minority student of Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; or Native American ethnicity
  • attend school on a full-time basis and remain enrolled full-time until attaining one’s doctoral degree
  • be a CPA or plan to pursue the CPA credential

Amount: $12,000/year

Learn more at the program website.

AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship

The AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship Award provides financial assistance to accounting majors who plan to become CPAs.

Requirements: An eligible student must be/have:

  • a full-time undergraduate or graduate-level accounting student  
  • completed at least 30 semester hours (or equivalent) of college coursework, including at least 6 semester hours (or equivalent) in accounting
  • a major and overall GPA of 3.0

Amount: $10,000/year

Learn more about the program here.

AICPA Foundation Two-year Transfer Scholarship Award

The Two-year Transfer Scholarship Award provides financial assistance to students looking to transfer from a two-year college to a four-year institution to complete their degree in accounting or an accounting-related field.

Requirements: An eligible student must be/have:

  • currently completing courses at a two-year college/university planning to transfer with a declared intent to major in accounting or an accounting-related field at a four-year college/university during the scholarship year
  • planning to pursue the CPA licensure but not presently be a CPA
  • enrolled in a business and/or accounting program that is accredited by the AACSB and/or ACBSP for the full academic year when the scholarship is awarded
  • maintained an overall and major GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Amount: $5,000/year

Learn more about this scholarship program here.

William (Bill) Ezzell Scholarship

The William (Bill) Ezzell Scholarship provides financial assistance to CPAs pursuing their Ph.D.’s in accounting.

Requirements: An eligible student must:

  • Be a CPA
  • Have a minimum three years of professional accounting experience
  • Have either:
    • Applied to a full-time Ph.D. program and awaiting word on acceptance
    • Received acceptance into a full-time Ph.D. program
    • Matriculated in a full-time doctoral program and pursuing appropriate coursework

Amount: $10,000/year

Learn more about this scholarship program.

AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship Award

The John L. Carey Scholarship Award provides financial assistance to liberal arts and other non-business related degree holders who are pursuing graduate studies in accounting and the CPA designation.

Requirements: An eligible student must be/have
  • obtained a liberal arts or non-business undergraduate degree prior to enrolling in a graduate accounting program
  • not earned more than 12 credits in accounting or business during their undergraduate program
  • been accepted into, or am in the process of applying to, a graduate program in accounting that is accredited by AACSB International or ACBSP
  • not already be actively participating in a graduate accounting program
  • intending to pursue a CPA certificate

Amount: $5,000/year

Learn more about this scholarship program here.

AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students

The AICPA Minority Scholarship Award program provides awards to outstanding undergraduate and graduate minority students who plan to pursue the CPA licensure.

Requirements: An eligible applicant must be/have:

  • a full-time undergraduate or graduate-level accounting student
  • an underrepresented minority in the accounting profession 
  • completed at least 30 semester hours in college coursework with at least 6 semester hours in accounting
  • a major and overall GPA of 3.0

Amount: Up to $5,000/year

Additional program information is available here.