The AICPA has announced that five students transitioning from community colleges to four-year universities have been awarded the inaugural AICPA Foundation Two Year Transfer Scholarship. Funded by the AICPA Foundation, the awarded students have earned an associate’s degree in business, accounting, finance or economics with a declared intent to major in accounting at a four-year college or university and will receive $1,000 towards their tuition for the 2014-2015 school year.

“At the AICPA, we recognize that all students don’t follow the same path on their journey to become CPAs,” said Joanne Fiore, AICPA vice president of professional media, pathways and inclusion, in a statement. “We’ve expanded our generous scholarship program to award deserving students who have transferred from two-year colleges.”

The 2014-15 AICPA Foundation Two-Year Transfer Scholarship recipients are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Lisa Dimery, University of Colorado Denver
  • Kaitlyn Fox, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Gabriel Rollano, University of South Florida
  • Simon Valdez, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Matthew Warr, University of Wyoming

The five AICPA Foundation Two-Year Transfer Scholarship recipients will become part of the AICPA Legacy Scholars program, which was established in 2011. The program awards recipients a one-year AICPA Legacy Scholarship and uses service work to help them develop the soft skills needed to maintain a successful career. Scholarship recipients plan, promote and execute an eight-hour service project each semester. The service activity must relate to accounting, serve the community and be meaningful to the student.

AICPA Legacy Scholars are Student Affiliate Members of the AICPA, which is a free membership option available to all currently enrolled students. Each AICPA Legacy Scholar is assigned a coach to provide guidance on the student’s service project and to advise on questions related to the profession and the work environment.

The application deadline for the 2015-2016 AICPA Foundation Two-Year Transfer Scholarship is April 1, 2015. For more information about the Transfer Scholarship and other AICPA scholarship programs, visit their site here.