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.
To be eligible to receive an award, Applicants must:
Be African-American (Black) or of African descent.
Be currently enrolled at a four-year United States college or university as a full-time (12 semester hours or equivalent), undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or first-year senior accounting, finance, or business major or be a full-time graduate student (9 semester hours or equivalent) enrolled or accepted into a master's-level business program. Current high school students are not eligible.
Meet a minimum grade point average.
Students who are pursuing or planning to pursue an education in accountancy at recognized academic institutions throughout the world are eligible to apply. Students must have a 3.5 grade average in their major field of study. Awards will be given only to Juniors, Seniors, or graduate (3rd year students or those in higher levels only). Special consideration is given to undergraduate students. The amount of the award is based on the student's financial need, which will be determined by an analysis of the student's financial circumstances. The student or the student's financial circumstances. The student or the student's family may submit a personal financial statement or a copy of a needs analysis application with the scholarship application. These will be considered by the selection committee. The student should provide the committee with the total educational cost anticipated including: tuition, fees, books and room and board for residential students.
The firm of Gerhardt and Puckett, as well as family and friends, established the John W. Puckett Memorial Accounting Scholarship in October 1987, after the unexpected death of Puckett.
• University junior or senior Accounting student at West Texas A&M University
• Demonstrate financial need and academic excellence
• Maintain a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA while in college
• AAF General Scholarship Application
• Amarillo Area Foundation Scholarship Screening Committee
• One year award, may re-apply
Upper level/Junior-Senior/ Business/Accounting student
This scholarship was established by partners of Condley and Company, L.L.P. to honor the memory of founding partner, Horace
Condley. Mr. Condley believed strongly in the value of education. This scholarship is to provide financial help for upperclassman
(junior or senior) accounting students at McMurry University
1. Expressed interest in and outstanding promise for a career in teaching accounting. 2. Acceptance in a doctoral program at a school acccredited by the AACSB at the master's level. 3. Submission of a complete set of application forms. 4. Only candidates entering the doctoral program are eligible. Actual awards will go only to students in the first year of their doctoral program. 5. Foreign students are eligible for fellowships if a resident of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application and are enrolled in or have a degree from a U.S. or Canadian accredited graduate program and plan to teach in the U.S. or Canada. 6. Awards in the amount of $2,500 will be based on academic merit.
To promote the professional and educational needs of the state; increase the number of highly trained and educated professional accountants available to serve the residents of this state; improve the state's business environment and encourage economic development and financial stability; and identify, recognize and support outstanding scholars who plan to pursue careers in accounting.
are classified as residents of Texas;
Are enrolled at participating public or private, non-profit colleges and universities in Texas (including specified community colleges);
Are enrolled at least half-time;
Will have completed at least 120 hours of college course work (including at least 15 semester credit hours of accounting) at the beginning of the term in which the award is being made;
Are making satisfactory academic progress;
Have not already taken the CPA exam, but plan to take the CPA examination in the State of Texas and have submitted an Application of Intent to take the CPA Examination to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for the purpose of being granted a certificate of "Certified Public Accountant;"
Register for the Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement, and
Demonstrate financial need.
The award may be used at participating public and private, non-profit colleges and universities in Texas, including specified community colleges.
Individuals may receive a scholarship for up to $5,000.
Obtain a scholarship application from the Dean or Department of Accounting or College Financial Aid Office. Applications are processed through the financial aid office of your institution, although a representative of the School of Accounting or Dean of the Academic Department for Accounting must approve the selection of recipients.
This is a one-time award for students enrolled as fifth year accounting students at a Texas institution. Must demonstrate financial need. The maximum award is the lesser of $3,000 or financial need. No student may receive more than $3,000 through this program in his/her lifetime. The student must sign a statement confirming intent to take the written CPA exam in the state of Texas. Part-time or full-time study is required at a public or private four year college or university. This program is intended for senior or graduate study.
Applicants will be evaluated based on academic record, career goals, communication skills and a demonstrated understanding and interest in the accounting-technology relationship. In addition to applying online, applicants must: 1. Be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university; 2. Have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours or 45 quarter hours with a declared major in accounting; 3. Have an interest in the accounting-technology relationship and an understanding of the importance of technology to the future of the accounting industry. Graduate students are encouraged to apply if they have an undergraduate degree in accounting and are pursuing an MBA, a master's or a doctorate in accounting.
The Board has an education assistance program for students who can demonstrate financial need. The program is designed to reimburse tuition expenses for the fifth year of study required for CPA certification in Ohio. No funds can be paid if a student already qualifies for admission to the CPA examination. The Board sends grant payments directly to the college or university.
To see if you qualify for tuition reimbursement assistance, please consult the education assistance checklist.
There are two stages to the program: (1) education assistance commitment, and (2) education assistance grant.
The requirements for the commitment are:
Completion of the Commitment Application.
Completion of at least 60 semester college credits as recorded by official transcript(s).
Submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information. Since the Board requirement for CPA certification is not a graduate degree, graduate students must also submit parents' income and assets.
If a student is approved for a commitment, the requirements for the grant are:
Completion of the Grant Application.
Completion of at least 120 semester college credits as recorded by official transcript(s).
Submission of the invoice from the college or university for the upcoming term for which the student wishes to receive grant funds.
Submission of the class schedule from the college or university for the upcoming term for which the student wishes to received grant funds.
NOTE: The grant is normally prorated over two semesters or three quarters. If the grant extends for more than one term, the grades from the prior term are required in order to receive a subsequent grant payment. Part-time students are eligible for a partial grant based upon the classes scheduled for the term.
The Economic Club of Grand Rapids established a fund in 2000 to provide financial assistance to students pursuing study abroad in business. The Economic Club is an association of individuals interested in and contributing to the growing economic health of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area. One (or more) scholarships of up to $2000 will be awarded annually. The applicant must meet the following criteria:
• Applicant must have sophomore or above standing at the time of application in an undergraduate business program or in a
graduate level business program at any public college or university of their choice. Applicant must have a declared major in
accounting, business administration, economics, managerial science (all areas), mathematics, computer science,
engineering, marketing, or fields of study related to business or economics.
• Applicant must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
• Applicant must be a resident of Kent, Allegan, Ottawa, or Muskegon counties for the prior three years or must be a resident
student at a public college or university in the West Michigan area for the prior two years or more consecutively.
• Foreign study programs must be endorsed and accepted as a part of or as a credit course in the applicant's degree granting
college or university. Funds must be administered through the home college/university financial aid office.
• The recipient may be asked to deliver a brief oral presentation to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids within six months
of return to the United States.
The Dr. Kenneth R. Austin and Janet Austin Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded annually to a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Science with concentration in Accounting program. The fellowship is based on grade point average, GMAT score, and interpersonal and communication skills.
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