Could You Use an Accounting Scholarship?
The Washington CPA Foundation awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to accounting students attending an accredited college or university in the state of Washington for the 2023-2024 school year. Read on to find out how you can earn a scholarship for the 2024-2025 school year.
The Washington CPA Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications! Explore scholarship opportunities and start your application below. The scholarship platform saves your progress, so you can log back in as many times as you need to in order to complete and submit your application.
$5,000 - $10,000
- Entering junior year or higher in the fall of 2024. Fifth year, masters, and PhD candidates as well as community college transfers are encouraged to apply,
- Entering first- or second-year? See our $2,000 Associate Scholarships below. Deadline is April 14, 2024.
- Attend an accredited college or university within the state of Washington
- Plan to become a CPA (currently licensed CPAs are not eligible for this scholarship award unless applying for PhD or Doctoral scholarship assistance)
- GPA minimum of 3.0 (or equivalent) in your accounting major and overall
- Involvement in on-campus, off-campus or community activities or hold a job
- Submit your application by February 14, 2024.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Current resume that includes jobs, internships (paid or unpaid), volunteer positions and leadership roles on campus or in the community
- Transcripts (official or unofficial) from the college or university you currently attend and any that you attended previously
- One letter of recommendation on company or university letterhead. The letter must be from a faculty member, employer, mentor or a licensed CPA. Letters must be submitted online through the application portal.
- Be entering junior year or higher and enrolled or enrolling in a Washington state college or university for Fall 2024.
- Scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded to juniors, seniors, and fifth-year students
- Scholarships of up to $10,000 will be awarded to master's and PhD students
- Scholarships are for tuition only and will be paid directly to the college or university listed at the end of July 2024. The Washington CPA Foundation will not authorize release of the scholarship funds directly to the recipient.
- Responsibility for ensuring that the monies can be used for the quarter/semester granted lies solely with the recipient. Please verify with your school that you are in compliance with institutional rules for scholarships and that you meet all qualifications for payment to be applied to your account.
- Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Washington CPA Foundation Scholarship Committee based on merit and passion for the profession. Scholarships are awarded without regard to age, gender, race, creed, religion, ethnic or national origin, or sexual orientation. Applicants will be notified of the Scholarship Committee's decision at the beginning of April 2024.
- Students who have applied in previous years are welcome to apply again.
Associate Accounting Scholarships
- Attend a two- or four-year college or university in Washington State
- Be entering your first or second year (in college) in fall 2024
- Have an interest in becoming an accountant or certified public accountant (CPA)
- GPA: 2.5 (high school GPA for those entering their first year in college or college GPA for those entering their second year)
- Submit your application by April 14, 2024.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Community engagement which could include jobs, internships (paid or unpaid), volunteer positions, and/or leadership roles on campus or in the community
- Transcripts (official or unofficial from all colleges attended, or high school if applying as a first-year college student)
- Two essays (find the essay prompts in the scholarship application platform by clicking the link above)
- Email address or contact information for one reference. Reference may be an educator, supervisor, CPA, mentor or community reference (volunteer coordinator, church leader, etc.)
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TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
- Plan ahead. On average, it takes about three to four weeks to get a recommendation, and you can hone your essays by asking friends and family to provide feedback.
- Polish your résumé. Your résumé is a quick summary that will give the reviewers (and potential employers) a summary of who you are. Make sure you're putting your best foot forward.