AICPA Awards 20 Scholarships to Freshman Pursuing Accounting Degrees

January 10, 2019

New York (Jan. 10, 2019) - Twenty students have received the second annual American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Foundation High School Scholarship, for incoming college freshmen who plan to pursue careers in the accounting profession. Each was awarded $2,000 to be put toward their undergraduate degree for the 2018-2019 academic year. Funding for the awards was provided by the AICPA Foundation.

To be eligible for the award, students must have completed AICPA’s Accounting Program for Building the Profession: Advanced High School Accounting course (APBP). The course is part of an AICPA program that trains high school educators to teach higher-level accounting curricula in an effort to encourage more engagement with real-world accounting practices at the high school level. The program has trained over 1,300 teachers in 42 states to date.

“The AICPA is always exploring new ways to draw talented and motivated students into the accounting profession. said Dr. Yvonne Hinson, CPA, CGMA Association of International Certified Professional Accountant’s Academic in Residence. “This scholarship rewards students who have demonstrated promise by completing the APBP course and are on their way to majoring in accounting. These students are examples of how the course serves as a bridge between studying accounting in high school and pursing an accounting degree in college.”

AICPA High School Scholarship Award recipients must share proof of full-time enrollment to a two- or four-year accredited college or university and maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. Educators, counselors, or current AICPA members may nominate students for the award. More information and registration for nominees is available at AICPA’s Start Here, Go Places website for high school teachers and students.

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

  • Riley Adams, V. R. Eaton High School, Oklahoma State University
  • Richard Coleman, Milton Hershey School, Arizona State University
  • Melanie Conroy, Newfield High School, University at Buffalo
  • Katelyn Daniluk, Midlothian High School, University of Virginia
  • Darius Goodwin, Robert S. Rogers High School, University of Toledo
  • Terisha Grant, Farragut High School, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Christian Hansen, Blue Valley High School, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Trenton Koontz, West Albany High School, Oregon State University
  • Michael Kovar, Manhattan High School, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Nick Marsh, Warsaw Community High School, Indiana University
  • Natalie McBride, Mohawk Jr./Sr. High School, Washington and Jefferson College
  • R. Hans Meganck, Waunakee High School, University of Wisconsin
  • Juddson Miller, Malakoff High School, Trinity Valley Community College
  • Lindsey Parrett, Central Hardin High School, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Kannon Phipps, Manhattan High School, Oklahoma State University
  • Madison Prince, Farragut High School, University of Oklahoma
  • Kelsey Roe, Hayfield High School, Buena Vista University
  • Kendall Smith, Manhattan High School, Kansas State University
  • Michael Treadwell, Waunakee Community High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Thomas Zezyus, Kiski Area High School, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

The AICPA offers many other scholarship opportunities for accounting students throughout their academic careers, as well as guidance and resources for students interested in accounting via its ThisWayToCPA website.