More Than $600,000 in Accounting Scholarships Now Available from the AICPA

Undergraduate and Graduate Accounting Students Encouraged to Apply
by April 1, 2016

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The American Institute of CPAs is proud to announce that the AICPA
Legacy Scholarship application is now available on for
the 2016-2017 academic year. These scholarships will provide students
with assistance in paying for their college education and encourage them
to create and execute special on-campus events promoting the accounting

Legacy Scholars program
will provide more than 100 scholarships for
the 2016-2017 academic year, totaling more than $600,000 to deserving
undergraduate and graduate accounting students from across the nation. A
streamlined application process allows students to fill out one
application for all four AICPA Legacy Scholarship awards.

“The future of the CPA profession can be found in the students in
accounting classrooms all across the country. The AICPA is dedicated to
providing guidance and support to college students to ensure that the
pipeline of accounting talent entering the workforce remains as strong
and diverse as possible,” said Joanne
, AICPA vice president, professional media, pathways and
inclusion. “The AICPA Legacy Scholars program does more than just help
students with the cost of their education. It also draws them closer to
the accounting profession while encouraging them to be become involved
in their communities and develop a sense of public service.”

The AICPA Legacy Scholars program, established in 2011, awards
recipients with a one-year scholarship and uses on-campus service work
to help them develop the soft skills, including leadership and
communications, needed to thrive in the accounting profession.
Scholarship recipients plan, promote and execute specific on-campus
events each semester that promote the value of the profession to others.
To date, more than 300 students have participated in the AICPA Legacy
Scholars program.

The AICPA Legacy Scholars program is comprised of four distinct awards:

AICPA Legacy Scholars are Student
Affiliate Members of the AICPA
, a free membership option available
to all students currently enrolled in college. Each AICPA Legacy Scholar
has special access to CPA coaches that are available to provide guidance
on the student’s work and to advise on questions related to the
profession and the work environment.

Scholarship funding is provided by contributions from the AICPA
Foundation, Robert Half International, Accountemps, the New Jersey
Society of CPAs, the Accounting Education Foundation of the Texas
Society of CPAs, and the Virgin Islands Society of CPAs.

Students can find more information and apply online at
The application deadline is April 1, 2016.

As a service to students, the AICPA offers the National
Scholarship Search on ThisWayToCPA
. This platform allows students to
search for more than 100 scholarships by state and scholarship type.

For more information, contact

About the AICPA

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member
association representing the accounting profession, with more than
412,000 members in 144 countries, and a history of serving the public
interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice,
including business and industry, public practice, government, education
and consulting.

The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing
standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state
and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA
Examination, and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate
on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation;
and information management and technology assurance. Through a joint
venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA),
it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
designation which sets a new standard for global recognition of
management accounting.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and
Ewing, NJ.

Media representatives are invited to visit the AICPA Press Center at


American Institute of CPAs
James Schiavone, 212-596-6119