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Attn Minority Accounting Students: The AICPA Wants to Send You to a Leadership Conference (Free!)

Setting aside the snark for a moment to let you younguns know about an opportunity specifically for minority accounting students interested in attending the AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop, which is going down May 13-15, 2020 in fabulous New Orleans. The AICPA Foundation is covering the entire experience including the cost of student attendees’ transportation to/from the workshop location, hotel accommodations, training experience, and meals for 100 qualified applicants.

According to the AICPA, “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.” So yeah. Rub some elbows, get some tips, and enjoy some free grub. Nice deal, yeah?

Interested in applying? Just follow this link. You’ll need to provide unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation (at least one must be from either a faculty member or a licensed CPA), a video essay (up to two minutes), and a motivational quote. If anyone needs help with quotes, give us a holla.


On second thought, don’t ask us for help on that.

To qualify, you have to meet the following:

  • 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 2019-2020 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.

The application period is open until January 20, 2020, so if you want to go, you should probably get on that.