AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop

Amount: Varies

Number of Recipients: 200
Sponsor: AICPA Foundation

Open Date: Mar 01, 2021
Close Date: May 15, 2021
Close Time: midnight

Timezone: US/Eastern

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Program Overview

The AICPA Foundation is proud to announce the 2021 Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop!

The application period will open for the 2021 program from March 1, 2021 until May 15, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. The application link above will be activated on March 1st.

The AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop (ASLW) is an all-expenses-paid annual invitational program for minority accounting students. This event aims to strengthen students’ professional skills and understanding of the limitless possibilities and benefits of earning the CPA credential.

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. 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.

Wednesday, October 13 - Friday, October 15, 2021 at the Le Méridien, 333 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130.

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

“I gained a strong professional network of motivated accounting professionals and students. The program met and far exceeded my expectations. I learned valuable skills on how to manage my finances, maximize my social media presence to build my brand, leverage my network, and more information on the various careers in accounting." ~ Program participant

“All the speakers made a great impact. Helped me to develop my communication and professional skills. Made me a more effective leader in my school and Internship. Listening to the speakers' life & CPA journey encouraged me to keep on pursuing excellence in my CPA journey. Learned about essential networking skills that I thought I had but opened my eyes to see them in a different way.” ~ Program participant

“The impact was amazing. I left a different person than who I was when I arrived because of the knowledge I obtained during all the workshops and the inspiring people I met. The whole experience was unprecedented. It was one of the best things I have been to. Thank you to everyone involved. I am beyond grateful!” ~ Program participant

“I was inspired to become a CPA. Before attending the conference, I was unsure whether the CPA profession was for me; however, hearing from the speakers about their experiences pushed me to.” ~ Program participant

Program Background


Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a declared accounting major, or have interest in joining the accounting profession
  • Be a college freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, 5th year, or graduate student
  • 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. Join as a student member for free at
  • Name and email address of one reference who has agreed to provide a recommendation on your behalf. At least one reference must be from either a faculty member OR a licensed CPA

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to attend this event?
So glad you asked! The application period is open for the 2021 program from March 1, 2021 through May 15, 2021 at 11:59pm ET.

If I am graduating in spring/summer 2021, 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. If you were invited to the 2020 workshop which was canceled due to COVID-19, you will eligible to attend in 2021 without having to reapply.

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, one letter of recommendation (either from a faculty member or a licensed CPA), and answer three short essay questions in the application.

My references have not received a notification. How do I ensure they receive it

In the application under the reference section make sure to check the box "send the recommendation request” and resave your reference contact information. This will trigger the automated email for your references to complete their letters. Please let your references know that they will receive an email notification. 

Joining AICPA student affiliate membership is a requirement of the program. You can sign up here.

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


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