MNCPA Scholars Program
Building awareness of the accounting profession among minority high school students
The MNCPA Scholars Program is a mentorship and career awareness program promoting the CPA profession to minority high school students. This year-long curriculum emphasizes the importance of high school graduation and encourages students to pursue college.
The goal of the program is two-fold: Increase the number of minorities majoring in accounting while establishing a positive image of the profession overall. Not only will advances in ethnic diversity increase the talent pool of future CPAs, but it also enables the profession to better serve clients and employers, strengthening the CPA's role as an objective expert.
"My students have really enjoyed the experience and connections they have made. Buying them professional dress and the monthly activities have enhanced their confidence and is such a positive experience that helps them stay on track as they make that difficult decision as to where and what to major in for college."
-Daniel Gasner, Kennedy High school accounting teacher
MNCPA Scholars meet and work with respected CPAs, have dinner with firm partners and gain hands-on experience. Scholars attend various skill-building events with their mentor, learn about accounting and business careers and gain important tools for their future.
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Mentors support and foster the next generation of diverse CPAs by giving the scholar a true sense of what it’s like to be a CPA. Mentors have several interactions throughout the year, from events to emails, helping the scholar better understand the accounting profession overall.
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