Roosevelt University graduate accounting student Guadalupe Cotto just added an impressive detail to her resume, one surely to catch the eye of future employers. Cotto recently was selected as one of 10 undergraduate and graduate-level accounting students to receive the 2014-2015 AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship. In addition to a notable listing in the awards section of her resume, Cotto will receive a $2,500 grant for the 2014-2015 academic year. Impressive, indeed!
The AICPA/Accountemps scholarship is awarded to students who plan to pursue their CPA license and who have demonstrated academic excellence while showing exceptional leadership. How exceptional do you need to be to earn this honor?
Consider this: The 10 winners from across the country were selected from more than 1,195 applicants. In order to be considered, applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and complete at least 30 semester hours of college-level coursework, including six semester hours in accounting. And that’s just to apply. Next, a task force of members from AICPA and Accountemps selects the winners. They consider the applicant’s academic achievement, demonstration of leadership and volunteerism, and overall commitment to earning the CPA license.
Guadalupe and her fellow nine winners also become part of the AICPA Legacy Scholars program. As part of this program, these students receive a one-year AICPA scholarship and work with a coach to guide them through a community service project that will help them develop soft skills beneficial for their career.
For Accountemps, partnering with AICPA on these scholarships is all about investing in the future of the accounting profession. After all, today’s exceptional students are tomorrow’s accounting stars.
And that tomorrow is looking good for graduating accounting students. Those entering the profession picked a good time to pursue a career in accounting.
According to the recently-released 2015 Salary Guide from Robert Half, average starting salaries for accounting and finance professionals in the United States are forecast to rise 3.5 percent next year. And demand for many accounting and financial positions continues to grow, resulting in a relatively low unemployment rate for qualified candidates. Professionals who hold the CPA license are in particularly strong demand.
Guadalupe is aware of this. When asked why she chose an accounting career path, she answered: “My career research showed that accountants are needed in all industries. The growing need for those who specialize in fraud detection intrigued me. I chose accounting because I want to help businesses conduct their financial reporting ethically and accurately.”
Are you or someone you know planning to pursue the CPA license after graduation? Interested in this scholarship? Good news! There is plenty of time to be considered for the 2015-2016 program. Applications are due April 1, 2015. Visit aicpa.org to get the details.