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.

AT&T Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $5,000 Classifications: Undergraduate Junior Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Business, Finance, Economics, Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Industrial Engineering, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Management Information Systems Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities Eligible Locations: Missouri, California, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma Scholarship Detail: AT&T Foundation will award scholarships in the amount of $5,000 to selected recipients within their three service areas: Midwestern Region, Southwestern Region and the state of California.

AGL Resources Energy Scholarship/Internship Program

AGL Resources is a leading natural gas company which serves 4.5 million customers across seven states. Our corporate headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The program will provide emergency scholarships for seniors. Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered: MINIMUM GPA: 3.0 COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES: Clark Atlanta University, Paine College, Savannah State University, Tuskegee University ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION: College Senior MAJORS: Accounting, Civil Engineering, Economics, Finance, Industrial Engineering, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering Complete the online application Invite and receive a recommendation from a faculty member of student's college/university Provide a one page statement of career interest in the energy industry Provide a current unofficial transcript

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.

Lockheed Martin/UNCF Scholarship

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: Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.

Fifth Year Accounting Student Scholarship Program

Program Purpose To promote the professional and educational needs of the state; increase the number of highly trained and educated professional accountants available to serve the residents of this state; improve the state's business environment and encourage economic development and financial stability; and identify, recognize and support outstanding scholars who plan to pursue careers in accounting. Eligibility Requirements are classified as residents of Texas; Are enrolled at participating public or private, non-profit colleges and universities in Texas (including specified community colleges); Are enrolled at least half-time; Will have completed at least 120 hours of college course work (including at least 15 semester credit hours of accounting) at the beginning of the term in which the award is being made; Are making satisfactory academic progress; Have not already taken the CPA exam, but plan to take the CPA examination in the State of Texas and have submitted an Application of Intent to take the CPA Examination to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for the purpose of being granted a certificate of "Certified Public Accountant;" Register for the Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement, and Demonstrate financial need. Eligible Institutions The award may be used at participating public and private, non-profit colleges and universities in Texas, including specified community colleges. Award Amount Individuals may receive a scholarship for up to $5,000. Application Process Obtain a scholarship application from the Dean or Department of Accounting or College Financial Aid Office. Applications are processed through the financial aid office of your institution, although a representative of the School of Accounting or Dean of the Academic Department for Accounting must approve the selection of recipients.

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.

Frank H. Ault Scholarship

The purpose of the Frank H. Ault Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to current college students who have declared a major in finance or accounting. Students must be attending an accredited four-year university, community college students who are transferring to an accredited four-year university, or local residents who are attending an accredited four-year university elsewhere. Applicants must have a demonstrated financial need and a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Also, students must have participated in extra-curricular or community service activities. Preference will be given to students who are active members of or have taken leadership in their school's accounting society. Past recipients of this scholarship may re-apply.

Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball Certified Public Accountants Scholarship

1. Senior Accounting major or graduate student with accounting emphasis. 2. Minimum 3.0 overall GPA; minimum 3.2 GPA in accounting. 3. Desire to pursue career as CPA and/or work in field of public accounting.

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.

Charleston Rotary Club Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY•College/University: Any in WV•Financial Need: No•Renewable: Yes•Specific preferences:(1) Resident of the Charleston area(2) Field of study in business or a related field(3) Preference is given to students having prior business or entrepreneurial experience(4) Demonstrated service to their schools & communities and academic performanceGeneral Criteria:·must be a resident of West Virginia·must be a full time student (minimum of 12 Credit Hours)·must demonstrate academic achievement (at least a 2.5 GPA)·minimum score of 20 on the ACT ·must demonstrate good moral character

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