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.
In continuous effort to recognize high achievers, NSCS is proud to present "The New York Life Excellence Award." This award is made possible by New York Life and will provide five (5) NSCS members with majors in or plans to pursue a career in insurance/financial service related fields with a scholarship of $1,000 each.Eligibility * Must have a 3.4 G.P.A. * Must be attending an accredited University. * Must be active NSCS member * Must create a profile on www.koda.us/nscs. Your Koda Profile must be at least 80% completed. (This is indicated on the koda.us website). * Students must be majoring/or plan to pursue insurance/financial services related fields. * Please note, all scholarships funds will be disbursed directly to the school.
Established to further advance the education of Alaska Natives and to encourage interest in the banking profession, Wells Fargo and BBNC entered into a multi-year scholarship commitment, whereby each contributes $2,500 to the fund. Eligibility Requirements: *BBNC shareholder *junior or senior enrolled as a full time student in an accredited college or university *cumulative 2.0 grade point average or better *able to show financial need
Scholarship Value: Up to $10,000Classifications: Undergraduate SophomoreMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Business, Finance, Accounting, Psychology, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial DistributionEligible Schools: University of Wisconsin, Florida A&M, Ohio State University, North Carolina A&T, University of Michigan, Purdue University, Georgia Tech, Cleveland State University, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Marquette University, Milwaukee School of EngineeringEligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail:Rockwell Automation?'s focus is on solutions that help industries meet productivity objectives and is poised to become the most valued global leader of power, control and information solutions. The company brings together leading brands in industrial automation, including Dodge? mechanical power transmission products, Reliance Electric? motors and drives, Allen-Bradley? controls and engineered services and Rockwell Software? factory management software. Rockwell is seeking sophomores in the specified undergraduate degree programs. Applicants must complete and return the downloadable .pdf application and an official transcript, faculty recommendation, and resume to Rockwell/UNCF Corporate Scholars Program, P.O. Box 1435, Alexandria, VA 22313-9998.
For college junior and seniors at 17 Nebraska colleges/universities. Amount: $700 - $2,000 Requirements: Junior in college interested in becoming a CPA.
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
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.
Program Description: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and General Motors (GM) have partnered to provide financial resources to assist outstanding Latinos pursuing degrees in Engineering and Business. The award amount is $2,500. 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). Be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a four-year U.S. accredited college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands for the upcoming academic year (enrollment is verified in the Fall). Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). Be majoring in Engineering (electrical, industrial, manufacturing and mechanical) or Business (accounting, business administration, economics and finance). Must complete the GM Online Assessment (required of semifinalist only).
For one student from each college/university offering an accounting major. Amount: $750 Requirements: Recommended to Award, Education and Scholarship Committee by college and approved by committee.
Scholarship Value: up to $10,000 Classifications: College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Design, Marketing, Business, Communications, Public Relations, Finance, Law, Accounting, History, English Eligible Schools: Fisk University, Knoxville College, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Tennessee State University Eligible Locations: Open How to Apply : Apply Online Scholarship Detail: The NISSAN/UNCF Shift Knowledge Scholarship was created in 2004 to recognize the academic achievement and leadership qualities of students, and to honor the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This program is open to students currently enrolled in an HBCU located in Tennessee having a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and pursuing majors in the fields of engineering, design, marketing, business, communications, public relations, finance or law, accounting history and English. These HBCUs include: Fisk University Knoxville College, Lane College Lemoyne-Owen College and Tennessee State University. Donor/Sponsor Name: Nissan North America, Inc. Donor/Sponsor URL: http://www.nissanusa.com
Eligible Majors: Business, Finance, Accounting, Computer Science, Human Resources, Supply Chain Management, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: Lockheed Martin is an industrial corporation leader which specializes in the areas of Aeronautics, Electronic Systems Information Technology & Global Services, Integrated Systems & Solutions and Space Systems. Lockheed Martin and UNCF have partnered to create this opportunity for candidates to apply for a $2,000 Scholarship. In addition, applicants will be considered for internship opportunities. This scholarship is also available to Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering majors. Apply Online Donor/Sponsor Name: Lockheed Martin Corporation Donor/Sponsor URL: http://www.lockheedmartin.com Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.
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