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.

Hallmark/UNCF Scholars Program

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA 3.0 ETHNICITIES African American, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Junior, College Senior MAJORS Graphic Arts, Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Illustration, Photography/Video, Mechanical Engineering, Business, English, Marketing, Computer Engineering, Computer Science/MIS, Industrial Design, Electrical Engineering, Interactive Design, Finance, Economics

HSF/Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Business Leadership Award

Program Description:The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Business Leadership Award focuses on Hispanic women with demonstrated interest in business and entrepreneurship. Students entering their junior year of college who are chosen for this highly selective program will be supported by a Goldman Sachs mentor, an HSF student advisor, and a scholarship award ($10,000 over two years at $5,000 per year). Eligibility Requirements * Be a female student completing her sophomore year with plans to enroll as a FULL-TIME junior. * Have demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship or pursuing a business career. * Have a personal statement, resume, and letter of recommendation that attest to leadership, entrepreneurial and business activities, and to how a Goldman Sachs mentor would advance those interests. * Be prepared to be possibly interviewed as part of the selection process. * Must be attending selected universities (see website) * Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. * Be of Hispanic Heritage. * Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident of the United States. * Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). * Be Pell-grant eligible

Paul S. Mills Scholarship

The Pauls S. Mills Scholarship program offers scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a financial service related field, such as accounting, insurance, financial planning, actuarial sciences, risk management, etc.

Nick Mellick Memorial Scholarship Fund

The scholarship will range in an amount based on the donations received for it from individuals, businesses, and corporations. The amount for the first year is $2,500. The amount for the following years will likely be $3,500 or more.Qualifications 1. Recipient must demonstrate motivation, academic, and leadership potential. 2. Recipient must be in good academic standing with a Cumulative G.P.A. above a 3.25. 3. Recipient must be attending a college or vocational institution the following fall. 4. Recipient must be going into a business-related field. 5. Recipient must be returning or contributing to the Kuskokwim Region after degree is received or training completed. 6. Native Preference applies to this private scholarship.

NABA National Scholarship

The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) is a national membership organization with the primary purpose of developing, encouraging, and serving as a resource for greater participation by African Americans and other minorities in the accounting profession. NABA's programs are designed to help strengthen the skills base for its student members, provide support to those professionals seeking higher levels of accomplishment, identify opportunities for minority students and professionals in the accounting profession, and encourage a greater number of African-American students to select accounting as their chosen field of study. NABA works actively with accounting firms, corporations, schools, and colleges in the placement of minority candidates for accounting positions. NABA was established in 1969 by a group of nine African-American accountants who were concerned about the limited number of minorities in the field of accounting, and particularly, the limited number of certified public accountants. At the time of inception, there were about 100 African-American CPAs; today, there are more than 5,000 members. Scholarships: NABA makes available student scholarships at both the national and local levels. Scholarships are awarded to deserving and successful college students to assist in furthering their education. Over $2 million has been awarded over the past 10 years. Scholarships include the following: NABA National Scholarship: minimum amount is $6,000; overall GPA of 3.3 and accounting GPA of 3.5 required. Various sponsored scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000, overall GPA of 3.3 and accounting GPA of 3.5 required. To be eligible for a NABA scholarship, you must: be an ethnic minority who is an undergraduate business major (accounting, finance, information systems, marketing, etc.); be a paid NABA member for the current fiscal year; have an overall and accounting GPA as previously indicated; and submit a personal biography of no more than 500 words indicating career objectives, leadership abilities, community activities, and NABA involvement.

Con Edison Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $5,000 Classifications: Open, Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Accounting, Computer Science Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: New York Scholarship Detail: This scholarship is awarded to students residing in the New York Metropolitan Area who are majoring in the fields of accounting, computer science, electrical, mechanical or nuclear engineering. Donor/Sponsor Name: Con Edison Company Giving limited to residents of New York Metropolitan Area.

Kennedy and Coe Accounting Scholarship

Eligibility: 1. Accounting major with junior, senior or master's standing. 2. Minimum 3.0 overall GPA; minimum 3.2 GPA in accounting. 3. Desire to pursue career in public accounting and/or as CPA.

AH&LEF Graduate Scholarship

Eligibility:•If the applicant has an undergraduate degree in hospitality or four years employment in the lodging industry after graduation then he/she can be enrolled in any graduate program related to his/her career within the industry (i.e. hospitality, business, accounting, human resources, etc.) If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in hospitality management or the four years post graduate lodging work experience, then he/she must be enrolled in a graduate hospitality management program. •Enrollment can be full or part-time.•Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.•Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.

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)

Southwest Indiana Scholarship Program

Scholarship Value: up to $5,000Classifications: Undergraduate Freshman, Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate JuniorMinimum GPA: 2.5Eligible Majors: Business, Finance, Accounting, Science, Information Systems, Education, Marketing, ManagementEligible Schools: OpenEligible Locations: IndianaScholarship Detail:This scholarship is available to permanent residents of Southwest Indiana. The students should be enrolled at any accredited institution with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better and must have an unmet financial need as determined by the institution's Financial Aid Office. The preferred majors include: Natural Sciences, Education, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Information Systems or any Business Management related studies..Apply OnlineDonor/Sponsor Name: Vectren Corporation and Fifth Third Bank(Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.)

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