AICPA Foundation High School Scholarship Announced

December 19, 2017


Inaugural Recipients of AICPA Foundation High School Scholarship Announced

Ten Incoming Freshmen Received $2,000 Each for the 2017-2018 School Year

New York (December 19, 2017) – To recognize outstanding incoming college freshmen who intend to pursue careers in the accounting profession, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has awarded 10 students its first ever AICPA Foundation High School Scholarship. Each student received $2,000 to be used towards their education.   

The AICPA Foundation High School Scholarship is available to students who have completed the AICPA’s Accounting Program for Building the Profession: Advanced High School Accounting course – formally known as the Accounting Pilot and Bridge Program or “APBP.” The program, which trains high school educators to teach higher-level accounting curricula, was acquired in July 2017 by the AICPA from its founder, Dr. Dan Deines, CPA. Research shows that taking an accounting course in high school increases the probability that students will major in accounting in college. Under the AICPA’s stewardship, the program is being enhanced and will reach more teachers and ultimately more students.

“The AICPA created this scholarship to recognize outstanding high school students and help them along their path to the profession as they begin their college studies,” said Joanne Fiore, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants vice president of professional media, academic and student engagement. “The scholarship also serves as a commitment from the AICPA to continue to develop the Advanced High School Accounting course as a feeder of talented high school students to college accounting programs and, ultimately, CPA licensure.”

In addition to completing an Advanced High School Accounting course, recipients must attend a two- or four-year accredited college or university on a full-time basis and maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. Students may be nominated by an educator or school counselor registered on the AICPA’s StartHere,GoPlaces. website. They can also be nominated by a current AICPA member. Nominated students must be registered on Start Here, Go Places.

The recipients are listed below with the high school where they completed the Advanced High School Accounting course and the college they’re attending: 

  • Lexus Gonterman, Central Hardin High School, Georgetown College
  • Kaylee Johnson, Summertown High School, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Andrew Kozan, Salem High School, Siena Heights University
  • Alexandra Lamoree, Farragut High School, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Hayley Newman, Silver Creek High School, Indiana University
  • Alec Olinger, Silver Creek High School, University of Southern Indiana
  • Luke Quinney, Jim Ned High School, Texas A&M University
  • Scott Rothschild, Council Rock High School North, George Washington University
  • Ronald Walton, Central High School, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Lauren Zambon, Canton High School, Central Michigan University

In addition to the Advanced High School Accounting course, the AICPA has many programs designed to increase the pipeline of talented accounting students entering the profession and earning their CPA license. Increasingly these programs are targeting students at the high school level, including the long-running StartHere,GoPlaces. program which provides resources for high school educators and students. 

The AICPA’s ThisWayToCPA website educates college students about the opportunities a career in accounting affords and provides them with resources and guidance as they enter the profession. The AICPA also offers many scholarship opportunities for accounting students throughout their academic careers.

About the American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives professional competency development to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and Ewing, NJ.

Media representatives are invited to visit the AICPA Press Center.

About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 650,000 members and students in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally.

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