NEW YORK (September 14, 2017) – The American Institute of CPAs is pleased to announce that 90 college accounting students across the United States have been awarded the AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students for the 2017-18 academic year as part of the AICPA’s Legacy Scholars program. The students were selected based on their leadership abilities and academic performance.
“The AICPA has a long history of promoting diversity in the accounting profession by providing gifted students with scholarships,” said Joanne Fiore, AICPA vice president of professional media, pathways and inclusion. “The recipients of this year’s Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students represent the diverse talent that is essential for the profession to continue to flourish for years to come.”
The AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students is one of four distinct scholarships available through the AICPA Legacy Scholars program. The program, which was established in 2011, has presented more than $2 million in scholarships to deserving accounting students since its inception. Each student will receive a one-year scholarship and have the opportunity to perfect their leadership, communication and networking skills through AICPA volunteer service opportunities. Recipients will complete at least eight hours of service each semester by advocating for the accounting profession on campus.
The 2017-2018 Legacy Scholars Awards provided a total of more than $630,000 for 123 deserving accounting students. AICPA Legacy Scholars are Student Affiliate Members of the AICPA, which is a free-membership option offered to all college students. Legacy Scholars have access to a coach who mentors them, providing them with direction on their service projects and guidance along their path to become a licensed CPA.
All AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed at least 30 college credit hours, including six credit hours of accounting courses. A task force of AICPA Student Recruitment Committee members and CPA volunteers chose the students for their academic accomplishment, leadership abilities, volunteerism and overall commitment to becoming a licensed CPA.
The Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students is one of AICPA’s numerous initiatives to promote increased diversity and an inclusive environment in the accounting profession. More information about these efforts, as well as tools and resources for accounting firms and CPAs, is available on the AICPA website.