Did you know the AICPA Foundation sponsors an annual, all-expenses-paid leadership workshop for minority accounting, tax and finance college students?
The AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop, will occur in New Orleans, Louisiana, from October 13-15, 2021, and will aim to strengthen students’ professional skills and understanding of the limitless possibilities and benefits of earning the CPA credential.
The application period will open for the 2021 program from March 1, 2021 until May 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. The application link will added to this page on March 1st.
What to Expect
Participants will participate in learning sessions and panel discussions covering a wide array of topics such as developing leadership skills and passing the CPA exam. They will also have the opportunity to interact with CPA professionals who will share priceless knowledge regarding career opportunities in accounting and the value of networking.
"It was such an amazing experience. I met people from all over the United States that are my friends now. Without the program, I wouldn't have met all these wonderful people. I have learned so much on how to achieve my goal of becoming a CPA through this program.” ~ Program Participant
“What I got out of this conference was confidence, friends, possible mentors, advice, direction, guidance, networking opportunities, excitement, and a great deal of fun. Again, this was by far the best conference I’ve attended, and was well thought out and well executed from beginning to end.” ~ Program Participant
The AICPA Foundation covers the cost of student attendees’ transportation to/from the workshop location, hotel accommodations, training experience, and meals.
Eligible applicants must:
- Be a declared accounting major, or have interest in joining the accounting profession
- Be a college freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, 5th year, or graduate student
- 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
- Name and email address of two references who have agreed to provide a recommendation on your behalf. At least one reference must be from either a faculty member OR a licensed CPA
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply to attend this event?
So glad you asked! The application period will open for the 2021 program from March 1, 2021 until May 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET.
If I am graduating in spring/summer 2021, 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 Accounting Scholars Leadership 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. If you were invited to the 2020 workshop which was canceled due to COVID-19, you will be eligible to attend in 2021 without having to reapply.
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 duration of the entire event. If requested, AICPA will provide your employer or teacher with a letter regarding the content and benefit of your participation in this program.
May I attend if I am already a CPA?
No, those persons who are already CPAs are not eligible to attend as participants.
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 video where you answer the provided questions (up to two minutes) OR written essay.
How do I learn more about the Leadership Workshop and other AICPA diversity programs?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.