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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.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $5,000Classifications: Undergraduate Freshman, Undergraduate SophomoreMinimum GPA: 2.5Eligible Majors: Engineering, Business, Finance, Economics, Accounting, Mathematics, Science, Information Systems, Marketing, Computer Science/MIS, Computer Science, Business-Related, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Management Information Systems, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Computer Technology, Information Systems Engineering, International Business, Management Information ScienceEligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and UniversitiesEligible Locations: CaliforniaScholarship Detail:Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is one of the largest natural gas and electric utilities within the United States. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company Scholarship is available to California residents. A preference will be directed to students from Central and Northern California.Apply OnlineDonor/Sponsor Name: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

NSA Academic Year Scholarships

The NSA Scholarship Foundation awards an average of 35 scholarships per year in the amount of $1,000 each for accounting students entering their third or fourth year of studies, and $500 each for students entering their second year of studies.ELIGIBILITY:Applicants to the National Society of Accountants Scholarship Program must* -• Be undergraduates, enrolled part-time or full-time in an accredited two-year or four year college or university in the United States - majoring in accounting.1) Students in an accredited two-year college may apply during their first year 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, or2) Students in an accredited four-year college may apply for a 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.• Have a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better grade point average.• Be a United States or Canadian citizen enrolled part-time or full-time in an accredited two-year or four year college or university in the United States.

National Society of Accountants Scholarship Program

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion,sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.ELIGIBILITYApplicants to the National Society of Accountants Scholarship Program must* -• Be undergraduates, enrolled part-time or full-time in an accredited two-year or four year college or university in the United States - majoring in accounting.1) Students in an accredited two-year college may apply during their first year 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, or2) Students in an accredited four-year college may apply for a 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.• Have a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better grade point average.• Be a United States or Canadian citizen enrolled part-time or full-time in an accredited two-year or four year college or university in the United States.

John L. Carey Scholarships

This scholarship program provides financial assistance to liberal arts degree holders pursuing graduate studies in accounting. These awards are intended to encourage liberal arts undergraduates to consider professional accounting careers. Applicants must have obtained a liberal arts degree prior to enrolling in a graduate accounting program. Applicants must be liberal arts degree holders of a regionally accredited institution in the United States. Applicants must be accepted into, or in the process of applying to, a graduate program in accounting that will enable them to sit for the CPA Examination at a college or university whose business administration program is accredited by the AACSB - The International Association for Management Education or the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Applicants must express the intention to pursue a CPA certificate. The scholarship will be awarded contingent upon the applicant's acceptance into a graduate program. Students who are already actively participating in a graduate accounting program are not eligible for the scholarship. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Scholarship recipients must begin their graduate program within the year that the scholarship is awarded. Recipients must be full-time students throughout the period during which they receive the scholarship. The amount of the scholarship is $5,000 for one year and is renewable for an additional year of study provided satisfactory scholastic progress is maintained. Recipients of Carey Scholarships are not precluded from accepting other scholarships or awards. Recipients are selected by the John L. Carey Scholarship Task Force. Up to seven scholarships are awarded each year. The selection is based on demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership and future career interests. The AICPA cannot be responsible for materials that are lost or delayed in the mail. The scholarships are paid from an AICPA Foundation fund created by member contributions to honor John L. Carey upon his retirement as AICPA Administrative Vice President in 1969. Mr. Carey joined the AICPA staff upon his graduation from Yale, and spent his entire career in the service of the profession. After his retirement from the AICPA, he was a visiting professor at the University of Georgia and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information, call the AICPA directly at (212) 596-6221 or e-mail educat@aicpa.org.

NBMOA Hospitality Scholars Program

The National Black McDonald's Owners Association (NBMOA) and McDonald's USA have partnered with UNCF to award scholarships to African American students interested in the hospitality industry. Applicants must be U.S. citizens majoring in restaurant / hotel / hospitality management, accounting, business or marketing as full-time students at an accredited Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and have an interest in hospitality management. Dependents of either McDonald’s executives or NBMOA owners are INELIGIBLE for this opportunity nor are former recipients of the NBMOA scholarship. Other qualifying criteria are sophomore, junior, or senior classification and a 2.8 cumulative grade point average .

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

The eligibility requirements differ by academic level as follows: Undergraduate Students Must Be: A declared accounting major with an overall and accounting grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.3 on a four point scale. A minority student who has satisfactorily completed at least 30 semester hours, or 45 quarter hours, equivalent college work including at least six (6) semester hours in accounting. Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student (12 semester hours or equivalent) unless you are completing your final semester of study, at a four-year or upper division institution. Students who will be attending a four-year school for the first time must include an acceptance letter from the school. Graduate Students Must Be: A minority student who is enrolled in the final year of a five-year accounting program or an undergraduate accounting major who is presently accepted or enrolled in a master-level accounting; business administration, finance or taxation program, or who had any undergraduate major and is presently accepted in a master-level accounting program. Enrolled as a full-time graduate student (nine semester hours or equivalent), unless you are completing your final semester of study.

HSF/General Motors Scholarship Program

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).

Masters Grant Program

For students with an Undergraduate degree in accounting. Amount: Ranges from $500 to $1,000 Requirements: Must have an undergraduate degree in accounting and be in the process of obtaining a master's degree in accounting or its equivalent.

Charles Earp Memorial Scholarship

The Charles Earp Memorial Scholarship is awarded to the student designated most outstanding in the competition. The recipient of this award receives an additional stipend of approximately $200 and a beautiful plaque.

New York State Society of CPAs

For college accounting majors with financial need at schools in New York state. Amount: $1,500 per academic year for full-time students; $750 for part-time students. Payment is made on a per-semester basis and recipients can renew the awards each semester provided they continue their accounting studies and maintain the requisite 3.0 GPA (however, exceptions can be made in special circumstances for students whose performance falls below this level). Requirements: Applicant must be declared major in accounting and, if applicable, be accepted to that major; a resident of New York state and either U.S. citizen or permanent resident; enrolled in a college or university in New York state that offers an accounting program registered by the State Education Department; and must be entering either the third or fourth year of a four- or five-year (150 hour) program. In general, applicants should have successfully completed the introductory accounting course.

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