Scholarships: Illinois CPA Society Accepting Scholarship Applications

In a continued effort to provide valuable resources to accounting students and increase the pipeline of future certified public accountants (CPAs), the Illinois CPA Society and CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois are now accepting applications for more than 40 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 each that will be awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year.

These scholarships provide essential financial assistance to qualifying accounting students across the state of Illinois and reward them for their hard work and academic success. Applicants must be junior, senior, or graduate-level accounting students enrolled at Illinois colleges or universities who demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, and leadership qualities. There is just one application to submit for any or all scholarships for which the student is eligible. The application deadline for the following scholarships is April 1, 2023:

  • Illinois CPA Society Accounting Scholarships for seniors or graduate students.
  • Herman J. Neal Accounting Scholarships for Black/African American juniors, seniors, or graduate students.
  • James A. Sikich Visionary Scholarships for seniors or graduate students.
  • Women’s Executive Committee Advancing Women in Accounting Scholarships for female seniors or graduate students.

“As the first in my family to go to college, I had little direction. These resources empowered me, inspired me to continue my education, and influenced my decision to pursue the CPA credential,” says Solean Nunez, a Western Illinois University student and recent scholarship recipient. “I encourage eligible accounting students to apply for these scholarships. The Illinois CPA Society and CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois’ support can be lifechanging.”

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