Amount: Varies

Number of Recipients: 100
Sponsor: AICPA Foundation

Open Date: Nov 01, 2017
Close Date: Jan 12, 2018

Scholarship Overview

The AICPA is proud to announce the 2018 Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop attendees!

The AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop "ASLW" is an all expenses paid annual invitational program for minority accounting students who plan to pursue the CPA designation. This event aims to strengthen students’ professional skills and understanding of the limitless possibilities and benefits of earning the CPA credential.

Through speakers, panel discussions and interactive programs, participants gain confidence and an enhanced understanding of the various career paths within the accounting profession to prepare them for the steps that follow graduation. An all-expenses paid event, the AICPA Foundation covers the cost of student attendees’ transportation to/from the workshop location, hotel accommodations, training experience, and meals. Learn more about the AICPA Foundation.

What to Expect

Attendees will participate in learning sessions and panel discussions covering a wide array of topics such as developing leadership skills and passing the CPA exam. Students will have the opportunity to interact with accomplished CPA professionals who will share priceless knowledge regarding career opportunities in accounting and the value of networking.

Monday, May 14 – Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the JW Buckhead Marriott in Atlanta, Georgia

Please contact with any questions regarding the Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop.

“I gained a strong professional network of motivated accounting professionals and students. The program met and far exceeded my expectations. I learned valuable skills on how to manage my finances, maximize my social media presence to build my brand, leverage my network, and more information on the various careers in accounting." ~ Program Participant

“All the speakers made a great impact. Helped me to develop my communication and professional skills. Made me a more effective leader in my school and Internship. Listening to the speakers life & CPA journey encouraged me to keep on pursuing excellence in my CPA journey. Learned about essential networking skills that I thought I had but opened my eyes to see them in a different way.” ~ Program Participant

“The impact was amazing. I left a different person that who I was when I arrived because of the knowledge I obtained during all the workshops and the inspiring people I met. The whole experience was unprecedented. It was one of the best things I have been to. Thanks you to everyone involved. I am beyond grateful!”

“I was inspired to become a CPA. Before attending the conference, I was unsure whether the CPA profession was for me; however, hearing from the speakers about their experiences pushed me to.” ”


Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a declared accounting, finance or tax major who intends to pursue the CPA credential
  • Be a sophomore, junior, senior, 5th year, or graduate student for the 2018-19 academic year
  • Have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be actively involved in campus and community activities
  • Have not attended a past workshop
  • Be an ethnic minority (i.e., Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; Native American; or Asian, etc.)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident (green card holder)
  • Be a Student Affiliate Member of the AICPA

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to attend this event?
So glad you asked! The application period is open for the 2018 program from November 1, 2017 through January 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET.

If I am graduating in spring/summer 2018, may I still attend the workshop?
Yes: this is an ideal program for recent graduates. This workshop benefits attendees by strengthening networking and communication skills to prepare workplace leaders.

If I have attended a past AICPA Workshop, may I come back?
To enable as many students as possible to have this experience, students who have attended a previous workshop may not attend.

What if I have another obligation (class, work) at the same time as the workshop and still want to attend?
Students are required to attend the workshop for the duration of the entire event. The AICPA will provide your employer or teacher with information regarding the content and benefit of your participation in this program.

May I attend if I am already a CPA?
No, those persons who are already CPAs are not eligible to attend as participants.

I am ready to apply what type of information or documentation do I need to have prepared to submit an application that is review ready?
In addition to the above eligibility requirements you will also need the following; unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation (at least one must be either a faculty member OR a licensed CPA), a brief video essay and a motivational quote with an explanation (we want to know what keeps you charged up).

Joining AICPA student affiliate membership is a requirement of the program. You can sign up here:

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