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2020 AccountingEDU.org $1,000 Future CPA Scholarship

The esteemed CPA designation is the crème de la crème in the field of accounting, and earning it requires the right education. Whether you’re a newcomer looking to earn your bachelor’s degree in accounting or you’re a bachelor’s grad pursuing a master’s degree to meet the customary 150-credit requirement to qualify for the CPA exam, you’ll need to come prepared with commitment, dedication, a razor-sharp focus…and plenty of money to make it happen.

AccountingEDU.org is proud to present the Future CPA Scholarship program to help aspiring accountants like you make your path to the CPA a little more affordable.

We are now accepting applications for our annual scholarship essay contest that’s worth $1,000!

Submission Deadline

The application window is open until December 1, 2020. We will accept and consider any qualifying submission that comes in by midnight on this date.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Any recently accepted or currently enrolled bachelor’s or master’s degree student in a qualifying accounting, finance, or taxation program.

All current students must provide proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their undergraduate or graduate program. All recently accepted students must provide proof of being accepted into a qualifying program. Recently accepted undergraduate students must show proof of a high school GPA of 3.5, and recently accepted graduate students must show proof of an undergraduate GPA of 3.5.

Scholarship Application Requirements

You will need to submit just four things to meet the scholarship application requirements:

  • Complete application form with verifiably true and accurate information
  • 100% original essay that addresses the topic described below (2,500 words or less)
  • Proof of enrollment or acceptance in a qualifying bachelor’s or master’s program (letter of acceptance or another verifiable document with university letterhead)
  • Proof of meeting minimum GPA requirements (transcript summary or another verifiable document with high school or university letterhead)

The application form, required documentation, and essay must all be submitted at the same time.

Any false or inaccurate information on the application form or plagiarized content on the essay would be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Essay Topic

Global business is one of the major forces changing the face of accounting. While doing business internationally is nothing new, the rate at which it is changing the field of accounting certainly is, with businesses of any size now enjoying a place at the table in the global business community. From communication to accounting practices and beyond, consider the many ways in which the shift in orientation toward international business has created new opportunities for accounting firms and the accountants they employ.

We want to know how this will influence your approach to preparing for the accounting profession, and what you expect to encounter in your career in terms of serving clients with some overseas component to their personal or business finances. What do you think accounting will look like in five years…ten years…or even fifty years? In 2,500 words or less, give us your vision of the global role of accountants in the years ahead.

Submit Your Essay Here

We take your privacy seriously, so you can be sure the information you provide is safe and secure. We do not sell or share information to third party websites or companies, or make use of it internally for marketing or any other purpose. Contact information is used solely for the purpose of notifying the winner.

Selecting the Winner

Our staff will review all applications and essays that meet the basic requirements and select a winner based strictly on the strength of the essay.

The essay topic is all about your personal experience and your own subjective thoughts and opinions. So naturally, there is some subjectivity to our selection process. This means that everyone with a qualifying GPA who is enrolled in or has been accepted to a qualifying bachelor’s or master’s program has an equal shot at winning, regardless of background, employment history, or extracurriculars. We feel this is the most equitable way to approach the selection process.

We know that all applicants are worthy of the award, but we’re limited to choosing just one winner per year.

Announcing the Winner

We will announce the winner of the Future CPA Scholarship within 30 days of the close of the application window on December 1, 2020.

We will start by contacting the winner by phone or email to deliver the good news. At that time, we will ask for proof of current enrollment and transcripts covering the period of time that passed since submitting the application. No further documentation would be required for students who submit their essay and application within the winter quarter/semester.

If the selected recipient is unable to supply the required documentation, or if the GPA has dropped below 3.5 since submitting the application, we reserve the right to rescind the award and give it to another applicant.

We will ask the winner to provide a picture of themselves along with a few words that we will publish right here on AccountingEDU.org.

We will then make our official announcement to share the good news with our readers.

Paying Out the Award

We will make out a check for the full $1,000 award and send it directly to the winner in one lump payment immediately upon making our official announcement.

The winner is free to use the proceeds at their discretion to apply toward tuition, books, housing, or any other expenses they need to cover during their graduate program.

Non-Discrimination Policy

AccountingEDU.org does not discriminate based on age, race, sex, religion, disability status or sexual orientation. All qualified applicants are given equal consideration and are assessed strictly based on the strength of their essay. It is at the sole discretion of our staff to select the applicant we feel best exemplifies the traits and values of a great CPA.

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