More Than $600,000 in Accounting Scholarships Now Available from the AICPA

January 20, 2016

New York (January 20, 2016) – The American Institute of CPAs is proud to announce that the AICPA Legacy Scholarship application is now available on ThisWayToCPA.com for the 2016-2017 academic year. These scholarships will provide students with assistance in paying for their college education and encourage them to create and execute special on-campus events promoting the accounting profession.

The AICPA Legacy Scholars program will provide more than 100 scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year, totaling more than $600,000 to deserving undergraduate and graduate accounting students from across the nation. A streamlined application process allows students to fill out one application for all four AICPA Legacy Scholarship awards.

“The future of the CPA profession can be found in the students in accounting classrooms all across the country. The AICPA is dedicated to providing guidance and support to college students to ensure that the pipeline of accounting talent entering the workforce remains as strong and diverse as possible," said Joanne Fiore, AICPA vice president, professional media, pathways and inclusion. “The AICPA Legacy Scholars program does more than just help students with the cost of their education,.It also draws them closer to the accounting profession while encouraging them to be become involved in their communities and develop a sense of public service."

The AICPA Legacy Scholars program, established in 2011, awards recipients with a one-year scholarship and uses on-campus service work to help them develop the soft skills, including leadership and communications, needed to thrive in the accounting profession. Scholarship recipients plan, promote and execute specific on-campus events each semester that promote the value of the profession to others. To date, more than 300 students have participated in the AICPA Legacy Scholars program.

AICPA Legacy Scholars are Student Affiliate Members of the AICPA, a free membership option available to all students currently enrolled in college. Each AICPA Legacy Scholar has special access to CPA coaches that are available to provide guidance on the student’s work and to advise on questions related to the profession and the work environment.

Scholarship funding is provided by contributions from the AICPA Foundation, Robert Half International, Accountemps, the New Jersey Society of CPAs, the Accounting Education Foundation of the Texas Society of CPAs, and the Virgin Islands Society of CPAs.

Students can find more information and apply online at ThisWayToCPA.com. The application deadline is April 1, 2016.

As a service to students, the AICPA offers the National Scholarship Search on ThisWayToCPA. This platform allows students to search for more than 100 scholarships by state and scholarship type.

For more information, contact scholarships@aicpa.org.