AICPA awards $451K in scholarships to minority students

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The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) announced on Tuesday that 94 minority accounting students across the country have been awarded the Institute's Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students for the 2016-17 academic year.

Students were selected for the Scholarship - one of four available through the AICPA’s Legacy Scholars program - based on their demonstrated academic ability, leadership qualities, and dedication to pursuing the CPA licensure.

“The AICPA believes it is essential that we continue to develop and invest in the pipeline of students entering the profession,” stated Joanne Fiore, AICPA's vice president of professional media, academic and student engagement. “The recipients of this year’s Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students are examples of the diverse talent that will help the accounting profession continue to thrive well into the future.”

All AICPA Legacy Scholarship applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and completed at least 30 semester hours in college-level coursework, with six semester hours in accounting.

This year's honorees will receive a one-year AICPA scholarship and access to a career coach who provides overall mentoring to the profession. Scholarship winners will also be required to complete at least eight hours of service each semester by holding events on campus that advocate the accounting profession.

AICPA Legacy Scholars are Student Affiliate Members of the AICPA, a free option available to college students. The application deadline for the 2017-2018 AICPA Legacy Scholarships is April 1, 2017.

For more on the Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students, head to the AICPA's site here.

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