The American Institute of CPAs awarded the AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students to 78 students from 36 states for the 2011-12 academic year.

The awardees were narrowed down from 272 eligible applicants and include students in undergraduate and graduate level accounting programs that have maintained a minimum 3.3 grade point average and plan on pursuing CPA licensure.

Texas students represented the largest number of minority scholarship recipients this year, with 11, while 10 recipients hail from North Carolina and five from Georgia.

The AICPA Foundation provides the scholarship funding with contributions from the Accounting Education Foundation of the Texas Society of CPAs, the New Jersey Society of CPAs and Robert Half International. The individual awards range from $1,500 to $3,000.

Among the students selected for designated awards were:

Stuart Kessler Scholarship Recipient

Scott Williams, University of Southern California

New Jersey Society of CPAs

Elaine Gil, Rutgers University

Iram Khan, Rider University

Robert Half International

Christopher Sanchez, University of Connecticut

Accounting Education Foundation of the Texas Society of CPAs

Stephanie Aranda, Southern Methodist University

Joston Benton, Southern Methodist University

Adlith Castillo, University of Houston

Loren Dailey, Texas A&M University

Jaleesa Frank, University of Houston

Joneesha Henderson, University of Texas-Dallas

James Henshall, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Ryan Macia, University of Texas at Austin

Minchau Nguyen, University of Houston

Robin Simon, University of Texas at Austin

Carolyn Solorzano, University of Texas at Austin

The full list of recipients is available at The application deadline for the 2012-13 AICPA Minority Scholarship program is April 1, 2012.