Do you like working with both people and numbers? If so, accounting might be the career path for you. This popular major stresses communication and critical thinking skills while also teaching the art and science of number crunching. Also popular are accounting scholarships. Continue reading to find out more.
Accounting degree programs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some programs stress applied knowledge while others favor theory-based instruction. Some programs are stand-alone 4-year bachelor's programs while others are 5-year combined bachelor and master's. Some programs feature an internship as a degree requirement while others do not. Be aware of your educational and vocational goals and make sure they match the educational outcomes of the program in question.
Typical courses you'll enroll in as an accounting major include taxation, financial statement analysis, auditing and information systems. Of course, also included will be beginning, intermediate and advanced accounting. If your program requires an internship you'll work as an accounting assistant in an actual business setting while receiving course credit. In addition to the core accounting courses you will also enroll in a number of liberal arts and humanities electives.
The majority of undergraduate accounting degree programs are designed to provide a generalized accounting education. If you want to specialize you'll have to wait to get to the graduate level. However, there are a small number of bachelor's programs with specific emphasis such as auditing or information systems. At the graduate level, the most popular degree program is the Master's of Business Administration in Accounting (MBA). Other graduate degree areas of concentration include cost accounting, forensic accounting and managerial accounting.
The career outlook for accountants is quite strong. Career options will be most robust for those with Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. Degree candidate interested in pursuing CPA status will need to complete 150 credit hours of course work. If becoming a CPA is part of your vocational goals, you'll probably want to select a combined bachelor's and master's degree program. The more traditional 4-year programs will not provide you with the academic stats you'll need to pursue certification.
Continue reading below to explore the many accounting scholarship possibilities.
Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:
Undergraduates enrolled part-time* or full-time in accounting at an accredited two-year or four-year college
or university in the United States (*Applicants from Arizona must carry a minimum of 9 credit hours.)
o Students in an accredited two-year college may apply following first semester grades or during their second year if transferring to a four-year institution, provided they are committed to a major in accounting throughout the remainder of
their college career, or
o Students in an accredited four-year college may apply for the scholarship for their second, third, or fourth year of studies, provided they are committed to a major in accounting throughout the remainder of their college career.
Majoring in accounting.
Maintaining a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better grade point average.
A United States or Canadian citizen. (Permanent residents are NOT eligible to apply with the exception of applicants
from Arizona. Legal residents from Arizona may apply.)
High School Seniors OR students not yet enrolled in an undergraduate accounting program are NOT eligible to
receive NSA Scholarship Foundation Awards.
No exceptions will be made.
The Stanley H. Stearman Award is given annually to a relative of an NSA Active or Retired (living or deceased) member attending college and majoring in accounting. The recipient of this award receives a stipend in the amount of $2,000 per year, not to exceed a three-year period.
Number of awards: 2
Established in memory of Matt Fong, former California state treasurer
Grade level: Incoming sophomore, junior or senior at a four-year college or university
Must be enrolled in California college or university
Major: Accounting, political science, public policy, business administration or related fields
Ethnic heritage: Asian (at least 50%)
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Preference given to those with record of community service or volunteer work
This scholarship fund was established by Dr. Frank H. Fischer to provide scholarships to eligible recipients pursuing an associate degree in business or accounting.
•Sophomore, junior, or senior college and/or university classification by Fall
•Open to Business majors
•Have and maintain a 3.0 GPA or above based on a 4.0 scale.
•Provide one letter of recommendation from an educator familiar with your academic career.
•Must be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
•Provide a resume of your community service activities.
•Must Maintain full-time enrollment status (12 hours if applicable) for the duration of the scholarship.
•Must be able to provide a color head shot of yourself for this scholarship application.
•Scholar must attend Adelante's Annual Leadership Institute in San Antonio, TX on Oct. 19-21 (Sponsorship to attend is included along with the scholarship)
Applicant must be a sophomore, junior or senior with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Preference given to students from western Kansas with a farm background. Two scholarships will be awarded. One for students enrolled in the Department of Agriculture and one for students majoring in Accounting, Finance, Management or Marketing.
Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a degree in engineering, math/statistics, computer science/information technology, finance/accounting, economics/business, foreign languages, communications, political science/international studies. 2. Must be Asian American or Pacific Islander. 3. Must be an undergraduate student. 4. Must have a minimum 45 units completed before beginning internship. 5. Must have a minimum 2.95 GPA (cumulative OR major). 6. Must be a United States citizen without dual citizenship status. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.twc.edu/students/ for an application form.
The Deloitte & Touche Doctoral Fellowship Program provides financial support to outstanding doctoral students in accounting as they complete their coursework and dissertations. Through the program, up to 10 outstanding doctoral candidates are selected each year to be Deloitte & Touche Doctoral Fellows. Each Fellow receives a grant of $25,000, disbursed in four payments over two years, to help cover the Fellow's expenses during his or her final year of coursework and during the year immediately following, in which the Fellow is expected to complete the dissertation. Since the program's inception, more than 900 students have been named Deloitte & Touche Doctoral Fellows. Any graduate student enrolled in and successfully pursuing a doctoral degree in accounting at an accredited U.S. university who has completed two or more semesters (or the equivalent) of that program is eligible to apply for a Deloitte & Touche Doctoral Fellowship. At some time during their doctoral studies, fellows are expected to teach or to prepare themselves for their teaching careers by participating in elective programs designed to enhance their teaching skills. Applications should be available through the accounting department of the applicant's school. They are also available from the Deloitte Foundation.
Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a degree in accounting. 2. Must be a female student. 3. Must be entering college as a freshman or returning to college as a freshman. 4. Must have become the sole source of support for self and family due to a divorce or death of a spouse. Women who are single parents as a result of other circumstances will also be considered. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.efwa.org/scholarships.htm for more information and an application form.
Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in accounting. 2. Must be a minority student (Black, Native American/Alaskan Native, Pacific Island Races, or Hispanic Ethnic Origin. 3. Must have completed at least 30 units, including at least 6 units in accounting. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.aicpa.org/members/div/career/mini/smas.htm for more information and an application form.
Be of Hispanic American, African American, Asian Pacific Islander American, or American Indian/Alaskan Native heritage.
Be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired)
Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
Be a current Sophomore majoring in one of the following:
Information Technology (IT/MIS)
- OR -
Be a current Senior planning to enroll in a Master's degree program majoring in one of the following:
Must submit a resume with your application
Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
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