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AICPA Foundation Awards 50 CPA Exam Scholarships

This scholarship was available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are pursuing licensure and who have some financial need; i.e. not receiving other scholarships or grants or employer reimbursement.


The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Foundation has granted scholarships to 50 CPA Exam candidates to help cover the cost of exam fees or preparatory courses.

The foundation’s CPA Exam Scholarship provides $1,500 to AICPA Student Affiliate members or AICPA CPA Exam Candidate Affiliate members in the U.S. to reimburse fees for taking the CPA Exam as well as exam preparatory courses and materials.

“We are pleased to support these young accountants on their path to becoming CPAs,” said Ernie Almonte, AICPA Foundation president. “This scholarship is an investment in the profession, and we look forward to seeing these individuals excel in their careers.”

Recipients of the CPA Exam Scholarship, their college or university and home state or territory are:

  • Madrika L. Allen, St. Leo University, Florida
  • Rawikarn Boonpeng, Strayer university, Virginia
  • Jorizaira Borja, University of Guam, Guam
  • Darby N. Bouland, Arkansas State University, Tennessee
  • Joshua O. Buckins, Brooklyn College/CUNY, New York
  • Miranda N. Clark, University of Tennessee, Tennessee
  • Adriano Jose De Almeida, Northeastern Illinois University, Illinois
  • Leonor De Jesus Rupert, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
  • Virginia De Vega, University of Pittsburgh, New York
  • Delaney Des Baillets, California State University, Northridge, California
  • Heidi Endersen, Purdue University Global, Indiana
  • Kelly A. Fisher, University of Kansas, Kansas
  • Sarah-Marie E. Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles Valley College/Los Angeles Community College District, California
  • Lisbet Fundora Pereira, Florida International University, Florida
  • Jacob L. Geiermann, Georgetown University Law Center, Arizona
  • Gina N. Godwin, Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts
  • Robert D. Groff, Post University, Kentucky
  • Emmaly A. Helt, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma
  • McKenna Hostetler, Ohio Northern University, Ohio
  • DeAnn I. Iman, University of Washington, Washington
  • Natesha M. Johnson, Colorado Technical University, Maryland
  • Ugochi R. Kanu-Ivi, Covenant University, Georgia
  • Daniel LaVieri, Northern Illinois University, Illinois
  • Audrey L. Leas, Lewis-Clark State College, Idaho
  • Brandon E. Lutz, Saint Mary’s College of California, California
  • Margaret Maddox, Mississippi State University, Mississippi
  • Lydia Mammen, Texas A&M, Texas
  • Dylan S. Miller, Robert Morris University, Pennsylvania
  • Michael W. Miller, Benedictine University, Illinois
  • Karly Morris, Aquinas College, Michigan
  • Amneek Nagra, St. John’s University, New Jersey
  • Nellya Napolitano, Kean University, New Jersey
  • Onyema G. Ndukwe Jr., Ashford University, Texas
  • Deborah A. Neel, Central Washington University, Washington
  • Marcela Nichifor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Elizabeth Novak, Governors State University, Illinois
  • Peter P. Pagliarini, Suffolk University, Rhode Island
  • Herbert Pray, Emory & Henry College, Virginia
  • Rrita Rexhepi, CUNY – College of Staten Island, New Jersey
  • Caitlin Riggs, Fort Lewis College, Arizona
  • Marcus Schmidt, Carroll University, Wisconsin
  • Rachel M. Smith, Midwestern State University, Texas
  • Natalia Ten, Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia
  • Grace Tsai, Chapman University, California
  • Robert Uniack, University of Georgia, Georgia
  • Alexander Valenzuela, University of Central Florida, Florida
  • Christine E. Waggoner, University of Maryland University College, Maryland
  • Stephen C. Williams, Franklin University, Ohio
  • Fatima Zapata de Rivero, University of Miami, Florida
  • Janice Zhang, Golden Gate University, California

The CPA Exam consists of four parts taken over about 18 months, and individuals must take and pass all four parts to become licensed CPAs.

This scholarship was available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are pursuing licensure and who have some financial need; i.e. not receiving other scholarships or grants or employer reimbursement. Applicants had to provide a copy of Notice To Schedule for at least one section of the CPA Exam and a copy of receipt for payment of exam application fees or proof of purchase of CPA Exam preparatory courses/materials.

The AICPA offers a host of annual scholarships for college students and fellowships for Ph.D. candidates. In addition, they have consolidated hundreds of accounting scholarship opportunities from third parties on their ThisWayToCPA website.