Accounting Scholarships

Where to Find Accounting Scholarships

To locate an accounting scholarship, we suggest you start with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).   At the AICPA you will find scholarships for accounting students who are earning an undergraduate degree as well as awards for minority graduate students.  Scholarships can be from $2,500 to $5,000.  The minority scholarships can reach $12,000.  In 2013, a lot of other kinds of accounting scholarships will be awarded.  Check here for the following additional accounting scholarship providers:

1) The Government Finance Officers Association has some scholarships from $2,000 to $10,000.

2) The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has 15 awards of $1,000 each year.

3) The National Society of Accountants has several accounting scholarships.

State Society of CPAs and Accounting Scholarships

You can also find an accounting scholarship thanks to the accounting society of your state of residence.  For example, in the state of New York, the Foundation for Accounting has the Excellence in Accounting Scholarship by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and its Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE).  This accounting scholarship is based mostly on financial need, but academic performance is also a factor as a 3.0 GPA is required.

Another example is in the state of Illinois, where the Illinois CPA Society Accounting Scholarship Programs help accounting students pay for college.They offer the Illinois CPA Society Advancing Women in Accounting Scholarship of up to $4,000 and the Herman J. Neal Scholarship Program for African-American accounting students, of up to $4,000.    There is also the Illinois CPA Society Accounting Scholarship Program every year, with scholarships of up to $2,000 each.

When it comes to how to pay for college, accounting students will find that college scholarships and college grants are the best place to start looking before taking upon options such as work-study and student loans.

The National Society of Accountants 2013 Scholarships

U.S. or Canadian citizens who are enrolled part-time or full-time in an accounting degree program at an accredited two- or four-year college or university can apply.

Candidates should demonstrate outstanding scholastic achievement, leadership skills, participation in school and community activities, and work experience.  A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.

The NSA Scholarships range from $500 – $2,000.  In 2013, the NSA is expected to award at least 30 scholarships to accounting students.

Scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 10, 2013.   Candidates need to send the applications to the Scholarship Management Services.  For further details check online at

Accounting Scholarships by The American Woman’s Society of CPAs 

The American Woman’s Society of CPAs offers a national scholarship to women who wish to become a CPAs. The scholarship recipient receives the complete Becker CPA Review Course valued at $3,065. Becker Professional Education is a Platinum Sponsor of the American Woman’s Society of CPAs and coordinates the review course directly with the scholarship winner.   Applicants are required to submit an essay of 1,000 words or less to explain why they deserve the scholarship.  Financial need and scholastic aptitude will be considered.

Accounting Scholarships Help Pay for College

For accounting students seeking help paying for college, sources such as one’s state CPA society, universities, federal and state college grants and scholarships for accounting students from accounting societies on the national level can help make it affordable to earn an accounting degree.