Scholarships assist in the pursuit of an accounting education. These opportunities are offered by educational and corporate sources. Several of these programs are described below.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) offers their Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students. Students must be declared accounting majors having a minimum 3.3 GPA. The applicant must have completed 30 credit hours, with at least six in accounting. The scholarship of up to $5,000 will provide financial assistance to minority students showing significant potential to become a CPA. The deadline for this scholarship is June 1st of the application year.
At the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the KPMG Alumni Scholarship is open to full time accounting students with at least a 3.0 GPA in accounting coursework. They must be declared accounting majors enrolled in undergraduate or Master of Science accounting programs. The application is available in September for an October deadline for a varying number of awards and amounts.
The Ernst & Young Accounting Scholarship offers a varying number of awards and amounts at UTSA. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA in their accounting coursework. The application is also available in September, for an October deadline, for a varying number of awards and amounts.
The Deloitte Doctoral Fellowship Program offers up to 10 outstanding applicants a grant of $25,000. The awards are disbursed in four payments over two years. The grant is designed to help cover the selected Deloitte & Touche Doctoral Fellow’s expenses during their final year of coursework and during the time they would be completing their dissertation.
The Illinois CPA Society Accounting Scholarship programs support accounting students and those planning to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Four years of their undergraduate studies should be completed by August 31st, 2006, to enable them to meet the scholarship requirements to sit for the CPA exam within three years of their application. The applicant must have a 3.0/4.0 GPA. The intended recipient must be a U.S. citizen, also residing in Illinois, to receive one of six scholarships totaling up to $4,000.
SAP America, Inc. endows a $10,000 scholarship to those students enrolled in full-time accounting programs and making satisfactory grades in an eligible institution, such as Syracuse University, or another active member of the SAP University Alliances Program. They should have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA. The applicants must be rising juniors or seniors in their education. This is not a renewable scholarship.
The JP Morgan Chase Scholarship Program offers the Hispanic Scholarship Fund at Syracuse University. The full-time recipient of this $2,500 scholarship must be of Hispanic heritage and be a sophomore or junior in their programs. The deadline for this scholarship is November 15 of the application year.
The Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants offers the Peninsula Chapter James Shank Memorial Scholarship. The recipient must be at least a junior accepted into the accounting department with at least a 2.75 GPA. They must also be a graduate of an area high school in Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, or the Belfair area of Mason County or a current resident of these counties. Applications for one of these two scholarships, of at least $1,500, should be postmarked no later than May 31, 2006.
The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University offers the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) Bellevue Scholarship. Full or part time students studying toward their CPA or CMA certifications can receive this $1,500 scholarship. Although the scholarship will be endowed on May 16, 2006, this year, all applications should have been postmarked no later than April 7th of the application year. The Albers School is the only program in the Pacific Northwest ranked in the USNews top 25 list of part-time MBA programs.
The John L. Carey Scholarships are a prominent accounting scholarship program intended to encourage liberal arts degree holders to continue professional accounting careers at regional institutions accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the International Association for Management Education (IAME), or the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Continuing their education should enable them to sit for the CPA Examination. It is open to those pursuing or enrolling in graduate accounting studies. With satisfactory scholastic progress, the $5,000 scholarship is renewable for an additional year. The AICPA is now accepting applications for its 2006—2007 scholarship program.
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