PCPS George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship & Internship

10 firms. 10 students. Up to $100,000 in scholarships for our shared commitment to a diverse and forward-looking profession.

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The student application for the 2022 program is now closed. Student recipients will be notified by July 16th, 2021.

Attention students: Are you an ethnically diverse student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an accounting or accounting-related major? Do you plan to pursue the CPA licensure?

If you can answer yes to the above questions, you’re in the right place!

CPA firms of all sizes understand the business case for developing a diverse team. But many firms are challenged to find, retain and develop ethnically diverse talent.

That’s why we’re connecting PCPS member firms with promising accounting majors of ethnically diverse backgrounds. As an added measure of our support, PCPS will award up to $10,000 of financial assistance per student to encourage their ultimate entry into the CPA profession.

How the scholarship/internship works

  • 10 PCPS member firms were selected to serve as cosponsors and provide an internship during busy season 2022 (January–April)
  • You apply for consideration for the George Willie Ethnically Diverse Scholarship & Internship
  • AICPA PCPS selects ten students to participate in an internship at a cosponsoring firm and awards up to $10,000 scholarship per student to help with tuition for their final academic year

Congratulations to our cosponsoring firms

Eligibility requirements

Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Plan to pursue the CPA credential
  • Minority student of Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; Native American ethnicity or Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; Multiethnic; or Asian American ethnicity
  • Enrolled on a full-time basis and plan to remain enrolled full-time for the upcoming academic year (12 semester hours or equivalent for undergraduate students or 9 semester hours or equivalent for graduate level students)
  • Completed at least 120 hours of course work and have 30 hours or fewer of upper-level accounting courses remaining prior to the upcoming academic year (working toward completing the 150-hour credit requirement for CPA licensure)
  • Availability for an internship during the 2022 busy season (January – April)
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder)
  • Be an AICPA Student Affiliate member (or have submitted a new member application). Apply online at no cost: https://thiswaytocpa.com/join-aicpa

Visit ThisWayToCPA.com to complete the online application.

Selection process

A scholarship selection task force will review all qualified applications and select up to ten scholarship recipients based on academic achievement, leadership and future career interests in accounting. All applicants will be notified by email of the final selection by July 31st.

Email pcps@aicpa.org with any questions regarding the program.

About George Willie

George Willie, managing partner at Bert Smith & Co., is a former chair of the PCPS Executive Committee and the AICPA Minority Initiatives Committee.

Throughout his more than 35 years working in public accounting, George has tirelessly promoted the benefits of an accounting career. He has constantly supported high school and college students, as well as young professionals in pursuit of the CPA designation. 

George is a significant contributor to the academic activities of the student members of National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and the Institute of the Caribbean, is a leading supporter of Howard University School of Business, has established an endowment fund for high-achieving minority students pursuing degrees in accounting at the American University Kogod School of Business, and is a prominent supporter of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies. 

George has also been recognized as NABA’s Outstanding Accounting Leader, has received NABA’s National Achievement Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Public Accounting and the Diversity and Inclusion Award by the Michigan Association of CPAs. In addition, he’s been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of both Howard University and American University, was recipient of the 2015 Caribbean Luminary Award, and was elected as an Honorary Councilor of National Council of the Philippine American Canadian Accountants, to name a few.

It is our privilege to award scholarships in George’s honor to ethnically diverse students in pursuit of an accounting degree. 

To learn more about PCPS membership, visit aicpa.org/pcps or contact us at pcps@aicpa.org