The American Institute of CPAs announced on Thursday that its AICPA Legacy Scholarship application period is now open. This year's program will award more than 100 academic scholarships, worth over $620,000 in all, to undergrad and graduate accounting students for the 2018-19 academic year.

Started in 2011, the Legacy Scholars Program has now awarded over $2 million in scholarships. Legacy Scholars also become Student Affiliate Members of the AICPA, a free membership option for college students.

“The AICPA is dedicated to ensuring there is a strong pipeline of accounting students in colleges and universities who are working their way towards earning their CPA license," stated Joanne Fiore, Association of International CPAs vice president and AICPA vice president of professional media, academic and student engagement. “I encourage all qualified students to become Student Affiliate Members of the AICPA and apply for the AICPA Legacy Scholars Program.”

Students who apply to the program will be considered for any awards they're qualified for, including the AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship, the AICPA Foundation Two-Year Transfer Scholarship, the AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship, and the AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students.

“Receiving an AICPA Legacy Scholarship has helped me on my path towards graduating with an accounting degree,” said Brenda Bahena, a 2017-2018 Two-Year Transfer Scholarship recipient, per a statement. “There is a lot of great information and tools on the AICPA’s ThisWayToCPA website to help you figure out which area of the profession is best for you. The thing that excites me the most about accounting is that you can go into any field you want – everybody needs an accountant.”

Scholarship funding is provided by the AICPA Foundation, RH/Accountemps, and contributions from state CPA societies.

AICPA building in Durham, N.C.
AICPA building in Durham, N.C. Photo: AICPA

The application deadline is March 1. For more information and to apply, head to ThisWayToCPA's site here.

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