AICPA awards Legacy Scholarships


The AICPA has awarded four scholarships under its Legacy Scholars Program, which is designed to give students the opportunity to learn skills that enhance leadership and communication abilities by building relationships among peers and CPAs who are currently working in the profession, for the 2017—2018 academic year.

AICPA Legacy Scholars are Student Affiliate Members of the AICPA, a free-membership option offered to all college students. They have access to a coach who mentors them, providing them with direction and guidance along their path to becoming a licensed CPA. The scholars also are encouraged to host on-campus events to promote the CPA profession.

The John L. Carey Scholarship award is named for John L. Carey, who retired from the AICPA in 1969 after a 40-year career with the Institute. It recognizes students from liberal arts and other nontraditional business backgrounds who are pursuing graduate accounting degrees and plan to become CPAs. This year's five winners receive a $5,000 scholarship funded by the AICPA Foundation to help cover tuition and other educational expenses.

Twenty-four students received the AICPA Foundation Two-Year Transfer Scholarship award, which provides $5,000 in tuition for the 2017—2018 academic year to students transferring from a two-year school to a four-year college or university to finish their accounting degree. A task force of AICPA Student Recruitment Committee members and CPA volunteers selected the recipients based on academic excellence, leadership skills, volunteerism, and overall commitment to becoming a licensed CPA.

Based on their leadership abilities and academic performance, 90 college accounting students received the AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students for the 2017—2018 academic year. All recipients must 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 Accountemps Scholarship Award provides financial assistance—$10,000 for the academic year—to four undergraduate and graduate-level accounting students who demonstrated potential to become leaders in the CPA profession. A task force of AICPA Student Recruitment Committee members, Accountemps staff, and CPA volunteers selected the recipients from more than 600 undergraduate and graduate applicants, based on academic achievement, demonstration of leadership, service, and overall commitment to becoming a licensed CPA. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and at least 30 semester hours in college-level coursework, including six semester hours in accounting.

View all the AICPA Legacy Scholarship recipients at thiswaytocpa.com/alsrecipients.

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