Accounting Scholarships

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.

NSA Scholarship Foundation

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.

Jack and Peggy McCullick Scholarship

Eligibility: 1. College of Business and Leadership majors in Management Information Systems, Accounting, and Finance classified as juniors or seniors. 2. 3.5 or above cumulative GPA (only FHSU GPA considered). 3. Declared College of Business and Leadership major.

UNCF/Cargill Scholarship-Internship Program

Criteria: 1. Must be enrolled in a UNCF member institution, or one of the schools specified by the sponsor. 2. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA. 3. Must demonstrate financial need. 4. Must be a freshman, sophomore, or junior. 5. Must be majoring in chemical or mechanical engineering, MIS, computer science, accounting, finance, chemistry, biochemistry, food science, microscience, agriculture, or animal science. Contact Information: Student interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Accountemps/ AICP Scholarship

Criteria: 1.) Must be an AICPA student affiliate member. 2.) Must be a declared accounting, finance or information systems major. 3.) Must have at least a 3.0 GPA. 4.) Must have satisfactorily completed at least 30 semester hours including at least six semester hours in accounting. 5.) Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students

The primary objective of the AICPA Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students is to enable more minorities to enter and move ahead in the accounting profession and academe. Recognizing the fact that professors serve as role models, a second objective is to increase the number of CPA role models who can positively influence the career decisions of a college student. These competitive fellowships are available to minority candidates who have been accepted into a doctoral accounting program. Fellowships of up to $12,000 are awarded once a year to full time minority accounting scholars who show significant potential to become accounting educators. The scholarships are awarded by the Institute's Minority Initiatives Committee and are funded by the AICPA Foundation from monies contributed by the AICPA, its members, public accounting firms, and others. Considerable weight will be given to application from those who have attained the CPA designation. Additionally, AICPA membership and committee service will also be considered. Fellowships are awarded once each year (in June) for the following academic year. For purposes of this program, the AICPA defines minority students as those of Black, Native American, Pacific Island races, or of Hispanic ethnic origin. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. The committee may grant fellowships contingent upon acceptance of the candidate into a doctoral program in an accredited recognized school of business or to candidates who have already been accepted. To be eligible for a minority doctoral fellowship, you must: have applied to and/or been accepted into an accredited doctoral program with a concentration in accounting; have earned a masters degree and/or completed a minimum of three years full-time experience in the practice of accounting; attend or planning to attend school on a full-time basis and, once admitted, work consistently and forthrightly to attain your degree; agree not to work full time in a paid position or accept responsibility for teaching more than one course per semester as a teaching assistant or, dedicate more than one quarter of the time as a research assistant.

Carl W. Christiansen Scholarship

The late Carl W. Christiansen, CPA established a scholarship fund in 1974. The purpose of this fund was to assist students who hope to join the public accounting profession, by granting scholarships to help defray the cost of a college education. Criteria for Applicants • Applicants must be a legal resident of the State of Rhode Island. • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States. • Applicant must have expressed an interest in public accounting during any of her undergraduate/graduate years - matriculating years. • Applicant must obtain an overall academic average of 3.0 on a scale of four or its equivalent and in the opinion of the Accounting Department faculty, demonstrate the potential to become a valued member of the Public Accounting Profession. Guidelines • Complete the application in full. Use the reverse side if additional space is necessary. • Submit a short (less than 1 page) typewritten memo illustrating your interest in Public Accounting. • Submit a copy of your transcript. • Submit a letter of recommendation from a member of the Accounting Faculty at your school. • Submit proof of BOTH: U.S. Citizenship and Rhode Island Residency. o Examples: Naturalization papers, birth certificate, copy of driver’s license, state-issued identification card. • Finalists may be requested to attend a personal interview with member of the RI Society of CPAs.

Stanley H. Stearman Award

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.

American Woman's Society of CPAs

The American Woman's Society of CPAs (AWSCPA) provides resource, training, and support for the personal and professional development of its members; provides opportunities for leadership participation, networking, and mentoring; and provides visibility and recognition for the organization and its members through a positive national presence. AWSCPA has thousands of active members and more than 30 local affiliates throughout the country. AWSCPA works closely with the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) on many programs. Scholarships: The AWSCPA awards several scholarships for various amounts through their local affiliates to students who: are enrolled either part time of full time and are pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in accounting or an equivalent designated post-baccalaureate certificate of accounting; have declared accounting as their major; and are attending an accredited college, university, or professional school of accounting. Applicants need not be members of the organization.

Alfred Chisholm/BASF Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Value: $5,000 Classifications: Open Minimum GPA: 2.7 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Accounting, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Law, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Pulp and Paper Engineering, Systems Engineering, Construction Engineering Eligible Schools: HBCU Schools Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: This scholarship was created in 1997 in memory of Alfred Chisholm, a leader in his community. With the support of the BASF African-American Employees Group (AAEG), one deserving student will receive $5,000 toward college assistance. Candidates must also have a relative employed with BASF.

Landmark National Bank Endowed Scholarship

Available to business related majors in the Business Department Recipient be from the Central Kansas area (Barton, Finney, Ford, Ness, Rice, Rush, Ellsworth, Pawnee, Russell, Stafford counties). Applicants must have high academic standing

Women In Transition Scholarships

The Women In Transition scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to female reentry students who wish to pursue a degree in accounting.These scholarships were designed for women who have become the sole source of support for themselves and their family, either through divorce or death of a spouse. However, women who are single parents as a result of other circumstances will also be considered.The Women In Transition scholarship is available to incoming or current freshmen and women returning to school with a freshman status. The Foundation will award one Women In Transition scholarship (up to $16,000 over four years) to deserving students who have satisfied the requirements for these awards.Annual renewals of the awards are dependent upon successful completion of course work and may be requested for three additional years for Women In Transition.

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