The AICPA announced the four recipients of the 2015-2016 AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship award on Wednesday. The award, part of the AICPA's Legacy Scholars program, is given annually to undergraduate and graduate-level accounting students who plan to pursue their CPA license.

The recipients have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding leadership skills, earning them each a $10,000 award for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

“On behalf of the AICPA, I congratulate this year’s recipients of the AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship award for their commitment to academic achievement,” said Joanne Fiore, AICPA vice president of professional media, pathways and inclusion, in a statement. “These dedicated students have the leadership skills to make great contributions to the accounting profession."

The four 2015-2016 AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship award recipients, listed in alphabetic order, are:

·         Stacy Bonds, North Carolina State University

·         Nicole Exnicios, Tulane University

·         Justin Korth, University of Nebraska at Omaha

·         Laura Rudolph, University of Wisconsin, Madison

The AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship award is one of four scholarship awards available through the Legacy Program. The Program was created in 2011 and awards recipients a one-year AICPA scholarship while helping to develop the soft skills needed to sustain a successful career through service. Scholarship recipients perform eight hours of service each semester planning and executing events on campus to advocate for the accounting profession.

The AICPA Legacy Scholars program will provide more than 100 scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year, totaling more than $485,000 for students from all across the nation.

AICPA Legacy Scholars are Student Affiliate Members of the AICPA, which is a free membership option available to college students. Each AICPA Legacy Scholar is given access to a coach to provide mentoring on the student’s service events and to provide guidance on questions related to the profession.

The four scholarship award winners were chosen from more than 700 AICPA Legacy Scholarship applicants.  Eligible applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and completed at least 30 semester hours in college-level coursework, including six semester hours in accounting.  A task force comprised of AICPA Student Recruitment Committee members, CPA volunteers and Accountemps officials selected the recipients based on academic achievement; demonstration of leadership and volunteerism; and, overall commitment to becoming a licensed CPA.

“We congratulate the AICPA/Accountemps Scholarship award recipients on this exciting achievement," stated Andrew Denka, executive vice president of Accountemps. “Their commitment to leadership and academic excellence positions them for success as they begin their accounting careers."

The application deadline for the 2016-17 AICPA Legacy Scholarship is April 1, 2016. For more information, head to the Legacy Scholars Program site here.