Illinois CPA Society Accounting Scholarship Program

Amount: Up to $4,000

Sponsor: Illinois CPA Society/ Foundation

Open Date: Jan 31, 2020
Open Time: midnight
Close Date: Apr 01, 2020

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Scholarship Overview

Accounting Textbook  & Tuition Scholarships

These scholarships recognize accounting students who demonstrate strong academic performance, leadership qualities, and financial need. 

Herman J. Neal Accounting Tuition Scholarships

This scholarship, awarded to African-American accounting students, was established in honor of the late Dr. Herman J. Neal, a distinguished Chicago physician, to memorialize his strong commitment to opening doors of opportunity and education for African-Americans. 

James A. Sikich Visionary Scholarships

These scholarships were established in memory of James A. Sikich, Founder, and former CEO and Managing Partner of Sikich LLP. Jim was the leader of one of the nation’s most innovative public accounting and consulting firms, and this scholarship demonstrates his strong commitment to providing educational opportunities for students and his community.  

Jovencio P. and Violeta R. Mangahas Accounting Scholarship Fund

This Fund was established in honor of Drs. Jovencio and Violeta Mangahas, who emigrated from the Philippines to the U.S. to raise their family and practice medicine. The generosity of others helped contribute to their success and now they are paying it forward. This Fund demonstrates their strong commitment to opening doors of opportunity and education for students. 

Women's Executive Committee Advancing Women in Accounting Scholarships

This Fund was established to create advancement opportunities for women in the CPA profession in Illinois. The scholarship recognizes outstanding female accounting students who demonstrate leadership potential. 


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident and be an Illinois resident.

• Be enrolled in an Illinois college or university.

• Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

• Plan to sit for the CPA exam in Illinois within three years of application date and demonstrate progress in a course of study in accounting.

• Demonstrate achievement and financial need.

• Be a senior or graduate student for the upcoming academic year (exception: juniors are eligible to apply for the Herman J. Neal Scholarship). 

Please contact Elizabeth Anderson at with questions. 


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