Amount: Varies

Number of Recipients: 100
Sponsor: AICPA

Open Date: Jan. 20, 2016
Close Date: March 15, 2016

Scholarship Overview

The AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop "ASLW" is an annual invitational program for minority accounting students who plan to pursue the CPA designation. This event aims to strengthen students’ professional skills and understanding of the limitless possibilities and benefits of earning the CPA credential.

Through speakers, panel discussions and interactive programs, participants gain confidence and an enhanced understanding of the various career paths within the accounting profession to prepare them for the steps that follow graduation. An all-expenses paid event, the AICPA Foundation covers the cost of student attendees’ transportation to/from the workshop location, hotel accommodations, training experience, and meals. Learn more about the AICPA Foundation.

What to Expect

Attendees will participate in learning sessions and panel discussions covering a wide array of topics such as developing leadership skills and passing the CPA exam. Students will have the opportunity to interact with accomplished CPA professionals who will share priceless knowledge regarding career opportunities in accounting and the value of networking.

Program Venue & Date Information

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
3001 Cameron Boulevard
Durham, NC 27705
Wednesday, May 18 – Friday, May 20, 2016

Please contact with any questions regarding the Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop.

“It was such an amazing experience. I met people from all over the United States that are my friends now. Without the program, I wouldn't have met all these wonderful people. I have learned so much on how to achieve my goal of becoming a CPA through this program.” ~ 2015 Program Participant

“What I got out of this conference was confidence, friends, possible mentors, advice, direction, guidance, networking opportunities, excitement, and a great deal of fun. Again, this was by far the best conference I’ve attended, and was well thought out and well executed from beginning to end.” ~ 2015 Program Participant


Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a declared accounting, finance or tax major who intends to pursue the CPA credential
  • Be a sophomore, junior, senior, 5th year, or graduate student for the 2015-16 academic year
  • Have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be actively involved in campus and community activities
  • Have not attended a past workshop
  • Be an ethnic minority (i.e., Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; Native American; or Asian, etc.)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident (green card holder)
  • Be a Student Affiliate Member of the AICPA

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to attend this event?
So glad you asked! The application period is now open for the 2016 program through March 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm ET, so don't delay...apply today.

If I am graduating in spring/summer 2016, may I still attend the workshop?
Yes: this is an ideal program for recent graduates. This workshop benefits attendees by strengthening networking and communication skills to prepare workplace leaders.

If I have attended a past AICPA Workshop, may I come back?
To enable as many students as possible to have this experience, students who have attended a previous workshop may not attend.

What if I have another obligation (class, work) at the same time as the workshop and still want to attend?
Students are required to attend the workshop for the duration of the entire event. The AICPA will provide your employer or teacher with information regarding the content and benefit of your participation in this program.

May I attend if I am already a CPA?
No, those persons who are already CPAs are not eligible to attend as participants.

I am ready to apply what type of information or documentation do I need to have prepared to submit an application that is review ready?
In addition to the above eligibility requirements you will also need the following; unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation (at least one must be either a faculty member OR a licensed CPA), a brief 500 word essay and that is all, a motivational quote (we want to know what keeps you charged up). Don’t fret over the essay, we have easy to follow tips right here to help you get started.

How do I learn more about the Leadership Workshop and other AICPA diversity programs? Contact us with your inquiry and contact information.