AWSCPA Scholarship Award

Amount: $5,000

Number of Recipients: 4
Sponsor: The AICPA Foundation and the AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee.

Open Date: Dec 01, 2020
Close Date: Mar 01, 2021
Close Time: 3 p.m.

Timezone: US/Eastern

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Program Overview

The AWSCPA Scholarship Award is part of the AICPA Legacy Scholars program. Students interested in being considered for more than one AICPA Legacy Scholarships need to complete only one application — applicants will be evaluated for all awards for which they are eligible in the program. All applications must be completed and submitted by the deadline to be considered.

This award provides financial assistance to outstanding women undergraduate or graduate students majoring in accounting or an accounting-related field.

Scholarship payments are sent directly to the student’s financial aid office to be used towards payment of tuition and expenses directly related to obtaining a degree.  This award is non-renewable and past recipients may not re-apply.

Program Background

The AICPA Foundation, the AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee and its newly created AWSCPA task force are sponsoring this new AWSCPA Scholarship Award to support the success of women in the accounting profession. 


    All eligible applicants must be/have:

    • A woman pursuing an undergraduate or graduate-level degree in an accounting or accounting-related major (Accounting-related shall be as determined by Sponsors in Sponsor’s sole discretion).
    • Planning to pursue the CPA licensure but not presently be a CPA.
    • Attending a public or private, not-for-profit (501(c)) four-year college or university in the U.S. or territories for the full 2021-22 academic year.
    • Completed at least 30 semester hours (or equivalent) of college coursework, including at least 6 semester hours (or equivalent) in accounting, by end of spring 2021.
    • Maintaining an overall and major GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
    • Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate (12 semester hours or equivalent) or a full-time graduate level student (9 semester hours or equivalent) for the 2021-22 academic year (Note: an exception may be granted if you plan to participate in an internship).
    • An AICPA Student Affiliate member (or have submitted a new member application). Apply online at no cost:
    • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder).
    • Some financial need (i.e., not receiving a full or partial scholarship(s) and/or grant(s) that cover and/or exceed one’s educational expenses).
    • Enrolled in a business and/or accounting program that is regionally, nationally or internationally accredited for the full 2021-22 academic year. The program must be accepted by the state board of accountancy as meeting the educational requirements necessary for CPA licensure in the state you intend to become licensed OR in the state where your program is located.
    • Willingness to remain engaged with the AICPA and to provide feedback for the development of this and other programs by the Association.

    Note: The Association staff and their family members are not eligible to receive this scholarship.


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