The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) announced that they will award more than $450,000 in scholarship money this year to high school and college students studying accounting. The sum will be spread across more than 80 Garden State students at a ceremony this April.

“The NJCPA is thrilled that its Scholarship Fund is the largest professional scholarship program in the Garden State,” said Ralph Thomas, CEO and executive director of the NJCPA, in a statement. “But what’s even more important is giving students who’ve worked hard the opportunity to fulfill their potential.”

Many of the award recipients and their families will join Thomas for the 56th Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony, held at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 21, at Pines Manor in Edison, N.J. Students will be able to meet practicing CPAs and representatives from N.J. state firms. This year’s scholarship class will be awarded to high school and college students representing almost every county in the state.

The NJCPA will begin to accept applications for its 2017 scholarship program in the fall. For more information on the NJCPA’s Scholarship Programs, head to the NJCPA's site here.