The Illinois CPA Society has awarded $84,000 in scholarships to 43 accounting students as part of its Accounting Scholarship Program, which supports accounting students at Illinois colleges and universities who demonstrate strong academic performance, leadership qualities and financial need.
This year, racial and ethnic minority high school seniors also were invited to apply for new Freshman Scholarships aimed at increasing awareness of the accounting profession among minority students and preparing them for success as they begin their college careers.
The 2020-2021 academic year Accounting Scholarship recipients include Shania Aguilar of Sandwich, who is attending Aurora University, and Anthony Vruno of Sandwich, who is attending Northern Illinois University.
These scholarships are possible thanks to more than 1,000 donors who support the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois. Donor contributions also support initiatives like ICPAS’ Jumpstart to Accounting Program and CPA Exam Award Program, which help students and CPA candidates transition into the profession by enhancing their business skills and providing financial aid toward their CPA exam fees.