AICPA Foundation Grants Scholarships to High School Accounting Students

October 3, 2019

AICPA Foundation High School Scholarship program offers a total of $20,000 to future CPAs.

NEW YORK (October 3, 2019) – The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Foundation granted $20,000 in academic scholarships to 10 high school students who intend to major in accounting.

The AICPA Foundation High School Scholarship provides $2,000 to up to 10 students who intend to continue their accounting studies at an accredited college or university, and who have taken an advanced high school accounting course with teachers participating in the AICPA’s Accounting Program for Building the Profession (APBP).

“The AICPA Foundation is pleased to recognize these talented students,” said Ernie Almonte, CPA, CGMA, the AICPA Foundation president. “This scholarship serves as a formal bridge between a student’s high school education and their decision to major in accounting.”

APBP trains high school educators to teach higher-level accounting curricula. Research shows that taking an accounting course in high school increases the probability that students will major in accounting in college. The AICPA continues to enhance APBP, bringing on more educators to teach accounting to even more students. To date, more than 1,500 teachers have participated in APBP.

“By starting their accounting studies in high school, these students have a huge head start on their journey to becoming CPAs,” said Joanne Fiore, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants’ vice president of professional media, academic & student engagement. “The [APBP] Advanced High School Accounting program continues to evolve and prove itself to be a great way to introduce students to the accounting profession at an early age.”

Recipients of this year’s scholarships, their high schools and the institutions they will be attending are:

  • Claire Andries, Waunakee Community High School, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Sydney Cherney, Farragut High School, East Tennessee State University
  • Olivia Carol Demars, Meridian High School, Brigham Young University
  • Sarah Ferkler, North Caroline High School, University of Maryland
  • Alyssa Hadding, Warren Township High School, Illinois State University
  • Ryane William Hoffman, Manhattan High School, Kansas State University
  • Jack Andrew Horoho, Warsaw Community High School, Purdue University - West Lafayette
  • Thomas Lutter, Lower Moreland High School, University of Delaware
  • Daniel Molyneaux, Kiski Area High School, University of Pittsburgh
  • Megan Wegner, Port Washington High School, University of Wisconsin - Madison

In addition to the APBP’s 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 website, 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.

The AICPA Foundation will again be offering scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year. Students meeting the eligibility for the AICPA Foundation High School Scholarship can review the full details and submit their applications through StartHereGoPlaces starting on December 1, 2019.