AICPA Accountemps Scholarship

Accountemps AICPA Scholarship LogoAccountemps is proud to partner with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (www.aicpa.org) to provide $10,000 scholarships to four (4) outstanding students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate-level degree in an "accounting-related" major.

The scholarships are awarded based on outstanding academic achievement, leadership activities and future career interests.

The scholarship period is now open through April 1, 2017. Visit ThisWaytoCPA.com for more information.

2016 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 scholarship winners! We had a chance to ask our winners about their accounting careers, and what advice they have for future applicants. Perhaps one of their answers will inspire you. 

 

​Austin Moss

​Austin Moss

Q: Why did you choose accounting as your field of study, and why are you committed to this profession?

A: "I chose accounting as my field of study because I love learning about companies and what makes them tick. Since accounting is the language of business, the material appealed to me right away and after my first course I knew that with a solid background in accounting, I could choose nearly any career in the business world. I am committed to the accounting profession because to me, the accounting profession is not defined by the career that one pursues, rather, the accounting profession is defined by the people that know the language of business and use that knowledge to positively impact others."

Q: Do you have any advice for future applicants?

A: "Future applicants should aim to write an essay that is true to your beliefs. Often times, applicants use their essay to paint a picture that they think the judges want to see. This method usually comes off fake and disingenuous." 

 

​Floricel Castaneda

Floricel Castaneda

Q: How has receiving this award influenced the progress of your career goals?

A: "Receiving this award has influenced the progress of my career goals significantly. It has provided me with the encouragement to keep working towards my career goals and has significantly eased barriers to continue my education."

Q: Why did you choose accounting as your field of study, and why are you committed to this profession?

A: "I chose accounting as my field of study during my junior year in college after I took my first financial accounting course. I have always been interested in business in general, but taking that course helped me determine my concentration. I am committed to this profession because I believe that I can use my profession as a CPA as a means to make a positive impact in the lives of our stakeholders, which is something that is very important to me." 

 

Jonathen Peck

Jonathan Peck

Q: Why did you choose accounting as your field of study, and why are you committed to this profession?

A: "Accounting is a great profession because it challenges your problem solving skills. Issues are not always black and white, but many shades of grey and require the exercise of professional judgment and ethics. Accounting standards are constantly changing, which pushes you to learn and adapt. I'm drawn to forensic accounting because I like knowing the work I am doing is helping people. Forensic is commonly known for fraud investigation, but it's really any financial fact-finding. You can provide great value to your clients and society as a forensic accountant."

Q: Do you have any advice for future applicants? 

A: "If you're excited about accounting, share that passion with others! Accounting is one of the most stereotyped professions and it takes motivated, interesting and social people to inspire students to become accountants. Get involved with your accounting club on campus and do a lot of outreach to show your peers how cool accounting is! If there isn't an accounting club already, start one and plan events that bring a variety of accountants to share their stories."

 

Payton Sartin

Payton Sartin

​Q: Do you have any advice for future applicants?

A: "My advice for future applicants is to take time to figure out their goals and what is needed to accomplish them. I would also advise them to stay focused on achieving those goals, which includes putting time and effort into their application that could potentially help them." 

Q: How has receiving this award influenced the progress of your career goals? 

A: "Before starting my career, my goal is to successfully complete graduate school and pass all four parts of the CPA exam. Receiving this award is helping me achieve these goals by providing funds to pay off my tuition and support me with other materials such as textbooks, CPA study materials, exam costs, etc."