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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.

AICPA Fellowship 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
AICPA website

AICPA Foundation Scholarship for Future CPAs
Sponsor: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Recipient: Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate-level degree in accounting or an accounting-related major. Planning to pursue the CPA licensure but not presently a CPA.
Amount: $3,000 - $10,000
AICPA website

AICPA Foundation Two-Year Transfer Scholarship Award
Sponsor: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Recipient: Currently completing courses at a two-year college/university planning to transfer with a declared intent to major in accounting or an accounting-related field at a four-year college/university. Planning to pursue the CPA licensure but not presently a CPA.
Amount: $5,000
AICPA website

AICPA 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
AICPA website

AICPA Scholarship Award for Minority Accounting Students
Sponsor: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (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: $3,000 - $10,000
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: $2,000 - $10,000
Information: (800) 245-3321
ACFE 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: $10,000
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: $20,000
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: $10,000
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: $10,000
Information: (312) 977-9700
GFOA 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 - $10,000
Information: (301) 474-6222
NABA website

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

Study.com Phil Rosenberg Memorial Scholarship for Business Students
Sponsor: Study.com
Recipient: Must be enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university and planning on continuing the next year.
Amount: $1,000
Study.com website


Women in Business Study.com Scholarship
Sponsor: Study.com
Recipient: Must be a woman enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university to study business and planning on continuing the next year.
Amount: $1,000
Study.com website


Wiley Accounting & Finance Student Scholarship
Sponsor: Wiley
Recipient: Pursuing a higher education degree in either accounting or finance, and meet the designated monthly qualifying criteria for the month in which you are applying. Winners are selected on the first of each month.
Amount: $1,000
Wiley website