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CPA Exam Lottery

Exam Lottery

In an effort to increase the number of test takers and defray Exam costs, the Society will hold a lottery to award vouchers in the amount of $500 to candidates planning to sit for the Exam as a Massachusetts candidate between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020. To be eligible, the individual must be a current student or have graduated within the last three years. They must also be a Massachusetts resident who will not receive financial assistance from his or her employer in the form of payments/reimbursements of Exam fees or review courses, or a bonus upon passing.

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MSCPA Educational Foundation Scholarship Program

Designed to recognize and encourage today's students who become tomorrow's accountants, the Foundation promotes new accountancy programs in higher education, and strengthens the links between business and academia. Contributions fund educational scholarships and provide financial assistance to CPA Exam candidates who have limited access to support. In addition, donations help to underwrite the cost of summer programs that introduce minority high school students to the accounting profession.

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Scholarships are administered by the Educational Foundation of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. (MSCPA) and are available for both undergrad and grad accounting students who are attending a college or university in Massachusetts or attending a college or university out-of-state with a permanent address in Massachusetts.

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply and have a course load of at least 9 credits per semester. Scholarship funds are issued directly to the students and can be used for tuition, books, interviewing expenses, etc. The online application consists of:

  • The application form.
  • A recommendation from an accounting professor, academic advisor or job supervisor.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) of all educational courses.
  • An essay of 300 words or less in which you describe an experience from your own life and explain its effect on you.

Deadline for receipt of scholarship application and supporting documents – February 1, 2019. Please indicate which scholarship(s), valued at $2,500 each, you would like to be considered for on your online application:

Kathleen M. Peabody, CPA, Memorial Scholarship

Sponsored by Wolf & Company PC, this scholarship is to encourage individuals who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need to pursue a career in public accounting in Massachusetts.

To qualify, a student must meet most of the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate accounting major who will be entering their junior or senior year;
  • Sustain a superior academic standing;
  • Financial need; and
  • Have the intention to seek a career in a public accounting firm.

MSCPA/NABA Scholarship

Purpose: To encourage Black and African American students who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need to pursue a career in accounting in Massachusetts.

The award program is administered by the Educational Foundation of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. and was made possible by the generosity of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and the Educational Foundation of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA).

This award is designated for students who meet the following criteria:

  • A Black or African American graduate student, or a Black or African American undergraduate student who has completed at least the first semester of his/her sophomore year by the time of application;
  • Demonstration of academic excellence;
  • Demonstration of financial need;
  • Intention to pursue a career in accounting in Massachusetts; and
  • Student Membership in NABA, Inc -- Boston Metropolitan Chapter.

President's Scholarship

Sponsored by the MSCPA's President and CEO Amy Pitter, this scholarship is to encourage individuals who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need to pursue a career in the accounting profession in Massachusetts.

To qualify, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate student, or undergraduate accounting student who has completed at least the first semester of their sophomore year;
  • Sustain a superior academic standing;
  • Financial need;
  • Be willing to complete four hours of accounting-related community service; and
  • Have the intention to seek a career as a CPA in Massachusetts.

Firm/Company Scholarship

Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of public accounting firms and private companies throughout the Commonwealth.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate student, or an undergraduate student who has completed at least the first semester of his/her sophomore year;
  • Demonstration of academic excellence;
  • Financial need; and
  • Have the intention to pursue an accounting career in Massachusetts.

BMI Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student that embodies Barbara Iannoni’s work ethic, spirit and dedication to the accounting profession.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student who has completed at least the first semester of his/her sophomore year;
  • Demonstration of academic excellence;
  • Financial need; and
  • Have the intention to pursue an accounting career in Massachusetts.

Women in Accounting Scholarship

The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage women who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need to pursue an accounting career in Massachusetts.

The Women in Accounting Scholarships are funded by the MSCPA's Women Golf Committee.

This award is designated for students who meet the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate student, or an undergraduate student who has completed at least the first semester of her sophomore year;
  • Demonstration of academic excellence;
  • Financial need; and
  • Have the intention to pursue an accounting career in Massachusetts.

Other Scholarships

National Association of Black Accountants

Ethnic minority students who are undergraduate accounting or business majors are eligible for three different types of scholarships.

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Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors as well as college students.

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Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities Program

To be eligible to apply for one of HACU’s scholarships, students must be attending a HACU Member or Partner college or university (visit their website for a complete listing) and meet all additional criteria for the program to which they are applying.

HACU uses one scholarship application for the several different programs it administers. Program criteria will vary based on the requirements of the funding organization, e.g., specific major, level of study, college/university, region of the country, etc. Scholarship amounts also vary depending on the program, usually ranging from $500 - $2,000 per year.

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American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) offers many scholarship opportunities for accounting students at varying points in their academic careers.

High School Student Scholarship

Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

The Diversity & Inclusion scholarship is earmarked for a student of an underrepresented race that has graduated from an MSCPA summer CAMP/ACAP program.

In order to qualify, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Massachusetts resident;
  • Be a rising college freshman or rising college sophomore;
  • Have a minimum GPA or QPA of 3.0;
  • Have been accepted to a college or university;
  • Have the intention to study accounting at the college level.

Awards

Outstanding Accounting Educator Award

Would you like to pay tribute to a professor or colleague for their excellence in the classroom? 

The MSCPA’s Outstanding Accounting Educator Award was designed to recognize full-time accounting faculty who are actively involved in the accounting profession.

The recipient will receive an award of $1,000 to further his/her professional development and a matching gift will be given to the college’s accounting department in their honor. 

Nomination Form

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CPA Exam Lottery

In an effort to increase the number of test takers and defray Exam costs, the Society will hold a lottery to award vouchers in the amount of $500 to candidates planning to sit for the Exam as a Massachusetts candidate between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020. To be eligible, the individual must be a current student or have graduated within the last three years. They must also be a Massachusetts resident who will not receive financial assistance from his or her employer in the form of payments/reimbursements of Exam fees or review courses, or a bonus upon passing.

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About the Foundation

MSCPA's Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides an opportunity to make a tax deductible contribution to a program that helps to ensure the future of the profession.

To learn more about the Foundation, or the Society's student recruitment efforts, contact Erica DeBiase at 617.303.2403.