Accounting Scholarships

Financial aid helps you cover the costs of your college education. Most financial aid is given on the basis of eligibility or need, which is determined by the school you are attending, information you provide about you and your family's ability to pay for your education and a set of formulas established by law.

The accounting industry provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to students pursuing accounting degrees. Below is a listing of some of those scholarships. You can also search the internet for other scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

Accountemps/AICPA Student Scholarship
Sponsor: Accountemps, AICPA
Recipient: AICPA student affiliate members pursuing studies in accounting-related majors at the undergraduate or graduate level. CPAs are not eligible for scholarship.
Amount: $10,000
Information: (919) 402-4931
AICPA website

AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students
Sponsor: AICPA/Minority Initiatives Committee
Recipient: Minority accounting students pursuing studies in accounting-related majors at the undergraduate or graduate level. CPAs are not eligible for scholarship.
Amount: Up to $5,000/year     
Information: (919) 402-4931
AICPA website

Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students 
Sponsor: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) 
Recipient: Minority doctoral program students who show significant potential to become accounting educators. 
Amount: Up to $12,000 per year 
Information: (919) 402-4931 
AICPA website

John L. Carey Scholarship 
Sponsor: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) 
Recipient: Liberal arts degree holders pursuing graduate studies in accounting and the CPA licensure. 
Amount: $5,000 per year 
Information: (919) 402-4931 
AICPA website

Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Recipient: Full-time students enrolled in accounting, business administration, finance or criminal justice programs. Graduate or undergraduate students.
Amount: $1,000 - $10,000
Information: (800) 245-3321
ACFE website

Crush the CPA Exam Scholarship 
Sponsor: Crush the CPA Exam
Recipient: Actively enrolled college student in their last year of obtaining an accounting degree or recent graduate with a final cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; planning to take CPA exam
Amount: $1,000 reimbursement of NASBA fees plus a Wiley CPAexcel Platinum Review Course ($2,295 value)  
Crush website

Doctoral Fellowship Program 
Sponsor: The Deloitte Foundation 
Recipient: Doctoral program accounting student at an accredited university who has completed two or more semesters or the equivalent. 
Amount: Up to ten doctoral students receive $25,0000, dispersed in four payments over two years. 
Deloitte website

Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)  
Sponsor: Department of Defense 
Recipient: Military spouses of active duty service members. 
Amount: Up to $4,000 in financial assistance toward education and testing  
MyCAA website

Vets covered for CPA exam
Sponsor: Department of Veterans Affairs 
Recipient: Veterans in any state can take and have the expense of the CPA exam eligible for reimbursement.
Amount: Up to $2,000
Department of Veterans Affairs website

Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting Scholarship
Sponsor: Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting (EFWA)
Recipient: Women pursuing accounting degrees at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. 
Amount: $1,000 - $16,000
Information: (937) 424-3391
EFWA website 

Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship
Sponsor: The Government Finance Officers Association
Recipient: Undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time preparing for a career in state and local government finance.
Amount: $9,000
Information: (312) 977-9700
GFOA website

Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship
Sponsor: The Government Finance Officers Association 
Recipient: Full-time graduate student preparing for a career in state and local government finance. 
Amount: $14,000 
Information: (312) 977-9700 
GFOA website

Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship
Sponsor: The Government Finance Officers Association
Recipient: Graduate student enrolled part-time preparing for a career in state and local government finance.                          
Amount: $9,000
Information: (312) 977-9700
GFOA website

Minorities in Government Finance 
Sponsor: The Government Finance Officers Association 
Recipient: Minority undergraduate or graduate student preparing for a career in state and local government finance. 
Amount: $9,000 
Information: (312) 977-9700 
GFOA website

Minority Doctoral Student Program 
Sponsor: KPMG Foundation 
Recipient: African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American students in full-time accounting doctoral programs. 
Amount: $10,000 (eligible for annual renewal)  
KPMG website

NABA Scholarship Programs
Sponsor: National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) 
Recipient: African-American who is a full-time undergraduate or graduate business major and a NABA member who meets a minimum GPA requirement.
Amount: $1,000 - $5,000
Information: (301) 474-6222     
NABA website

National Society of Accountants (NSA) Scholarship Foundation
Sponsor: National Society of Accountants (NSA) Scholarship Foundation
Recipient: Undergraduate accounting major with at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Amount: $500 - $2,200
Information: (800) 966-6679                        
NSA website 

Online Accounting Degree Programs Scholarship
Sponsor: Online Accounting Degree Programs
Recipient: Undergraduate accounting major with at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Amount: $1,500 
 OADP website 

PM Business Advisors' Striving for Greatness Accounting and Finance Scholarship
Sponsor: PM Business Advisors
Recipient: Enrolled full-time in accounting or finance program with at least 3.0/4.0 GPA or equivalent.
Amount: $2,500
 PM Business Advisors website 

Wiley CPAexcel Scholarship
Sponsor: Wiley
Recipient: Actively enrolled full- or part-time college student taking at least one accounting course.
Amount: $500 cash scholarship plus Wiley CPAexcel Platinum Course
Information: (888) 884-5569
Wiley website

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Additional scholarships
The American Institute of CPAs also provides a list of scholarships.