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.

California Society of CPAs

For two and four year colleges/universities. Minority scholarships sponsored by the Society and administered by the AICPA. Scholarships are also available through the society's chapters.

HSF/GMAC SmartEdge Book Scholarship

Program Description:The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and GMAC Financial services have partnered to provide book scholarships to assist outstanding Latino students in their purchase of college textbooks. This scholarship is open to undergraduate students in selected geographic locations pursuing degrees in Business, Communication or Urban Planning.Eligibility Requirements: * Be of Hispanic 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 3.0 on a 4.0 scale * Must major in either one of the following: Accounting, Advertising, Business Administration, Communications, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Public Policy & Management, Public Relations, or Urban Studies/Planning * Have plans to enroll FULL-TIME in a degree seeking program at a four year U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam. * Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Carl H. Marrs Scholarship Fund

Established in 2001 by The CIRI Foundation through funds provided by Barbara Donatelli, Craig and Thea Floerchinger, Mark and Leslie Kroloff, and Kirk McGee and Gloria ONeill in recognition of Carl H. Marrs, President/CEO of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (1995-2004) for his vigorous advocacy of Pre-K-12 and post-secondary opportunities for CIRI shareholders, original enrollees, and their direct lineal descendants. Scholarships in business administration, economics, finance, organizational management, accounting or similar fields.

Minority Doctoral Student Scholarships

KPMG Foundation's Minority Accounting and Information Systems Doctoral Scholarships aim to further increase the completion rate among African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American doctoral students. The scholarships provide the funding for them to see their dreams come to fruition. For the 2000-2001 academic year, the Foundation awarded $10,000 scholarships, for a total of 5 years, to 24 minority accounting and information systems doctoral students. There are 65 doctoral students who have had their scholarships renewed for 2000-2001, bringing the total number of scholarships awarded to 89. To date, KPMG Foundation's total commitment to the scholarship program is $3 million. Financial support often determines whether a motivated student can meet the escalating costs of higher education.

The Vincent K. Derscheid Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Student must be attending a Wisconsin college or university; and must be a declared accounting major in his/her junior year, who has been admitted to the college's department of business. Selection will be based primarily on academic achievement. Secondary criteria will include extra-curricular activities, recommendations from educators, and community involvement. This year's scholarship amount was $2,500, payable in equal annual installments of $1,250 each in the recipient's junior and senior years.

Fifth-Year Accounting Student Scholarship

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.

Horace M. Condley Scholarship Fund

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

Atherton Scholarship

Eligibility: • Accounting Major• Senior standing in year of receipt of award• 400-word essay describing why student is majoring in Accounting (include career goals) GPA: 3.5

Emerson Electric Company Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $6,000 Classifications: Open Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Accounting, Computer Science, Human Resources Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Missouri Scholarship Detail: This scholarship is for students from St. Louis, Mo. Donor/Sponsor Name: Emerson Electric Company Donor/Sponsor URL: Giving limited to St. Louis, Missouri.

Public University Senior and Master's Program Scholarships

Three $2,000 scholarships are awarded to each of the three public universities (Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University) based on the following criteria: Accounting majors who will begin their senior year or master’s program and have a 3.5 minimum GPA Legal U.S. resident Each candidate completes a detailed scholarship application form The students nominated are asked to prepare a statement of career goals and a formal resume Please contact the individual university for applications and to learn more about the process.

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