Scholarships

KSCPA Invests in the Future of the Profession

The Kansas Society of CPAs recognizes the key to sustaining the future of the profession is to maintain the pipeline of new accounting graduates and CPA candidates from quality educational institutions in the state of Kansas.

The membership has a long history of supporting the accounting programs at Kansas colleges and universities by providing annual scholarships to high school, college, and graduate students through its Educational Foundation. In addition, the Foundation provides grants to faculty at the six Regent universities and Washburn University. Two independent universities or colleges also receive faculty grants on a rotating basis each year.

Each member contributes annually to the Foundation. Additional contributions are received from individual members and the regional KSCPA Chapters.

All scholarship applicants receive a one-year student membership for free.

High School Merit Scholarships Available to Students Entering Kansas Colleges & Universities

Scholarship amounts:

  • One (1) at $1,300
  • One (1) at $900
  • One (1) at $800
  • One (1) at $700
  • One (1) at $600
  • Fifteen (15) at $500

Deadlines:

  • Submission of Test Scores – March 6, 2015
  • Submission of application – April 15, 2015

Offered to high school seniors without regard to financial need who will be entering a Kansas college or university the following academic school year and plan to major in accounting.

Applicants are required to have ACT or SAT test scores submitted by a counselor or teacher and must complete and submit a comprehensive application designed to demonstrate their leadership activities and written communication skills.

Scholarships are selected by the KSCPA Accounting Recruitment & Education Committee.

Students – contact your counselor or business/accounting teacher for full details.

Counselors & teachers – print current poster to let students know about available scholarships. Contact the KSCPA for more information.

Byron Bird Graduate Scholarship – Open to Graduate Accounting Students at All Kansas Colleges and Universities

Scholarship Amount:

  • $3,000

Deadline:

  • February 13, 2015

The Byron Bird scholarship is named for and originally funded by Byron Bird, CPA, the first recipient of the American Institute of CPAs National Public Service Award.

The scholarship is awarded to a current graduate accounting student or graduate school candidate on the basis of undergraduate academic performance, potential for success in graduate studies, leadership, and participation in community, charitable, university, governmental and/or other civic activities. All Kansas colleges and universities are encouraged to select one candidate for the scholarship. Submission of application is required.

The Board of Trustees of the Educational Foundation selects the scholarship recipient.

John J. Killian Scholarship – Open to Junior Accounting Students at any Kansas Independent College or University

Scholarship amount:

  • $2,500

Deadline:

  • February 13, 2015

Funded by Kansas CPAs in honor of the KSCPA’s first full-time Executive Director, this scholarship is given to one full-time student enrolled as an accounting major in their junior year at an independent Kansas college or university. Qualified scholarship nominees must demonstrate academic success in their accounting curriculum.

Additional emphasis is placed on the nominee’s grades in English and rhetoric subjects as well as courses in business and economics. Important qualifications also include the nominee’s involvement in extracurricular activities, willingness to comply with standards of professional responsibility, and overall moral character. Contact your independent college or university’s accounting department for details.

The Board of Trustees of the Educational Foundation selects the scholarship recipient.

Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship – Open to Full-Time Students Enrolled as a Junior Year Accounting Major at a Kansas College or University

Scholarship amount:

  • $2,500

Deadline:

  • February 13, 2015

Funded by an endowment established by the Educational Foundation in honor of the first woman chair of the Kansas Board of Accountancy and first woman to start a CPA firm in Kansas, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time student enrolled as an accounting major in his or her junior year, at the time of application, at a Kansas college or university.

Qualified nominees demonstrate academic success in the accounting, economics, and business curriculums. Additional emphasis is placed upon the nominee’s overall grades. Involvement in leadership activities, willingness to comply with standards of professional responsibility, and overall moral character are important characteristics of a nominee. The Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Leadership Scholarship Award is not based on financial need.

The Board of Trustees of the Educational Foundation selects the scholarship recipient.

KSCPA Offers 14 Scholarships Selected by Accounting Faculty

Undergraduate Scholarships – Regent Universities & Washburn University

Scholarship amount:

  • Seven at $2,250

Deadline:

  • July 1, 2015

The accounting faculty at each of the Regent Universities & Washburn University selects one accounting major to receive the KSCPA Educational Foundation college scholarship. Contact the scholarship coordinator at your university’s accounting department for information.

Graduate Scholarships – Regent Universities & Washburn University

Scholarship amount:

  • Seven at $2,500

Deadline:

  • July 1, 2015

The accounting faculty at each of the Regent Universities & Washburn University selects one accounting graduate or graduate student candidate to receive the KSCPA Educational Foundation graduate scholarship. Contact your university accounting department for information.

KSCPA Offers Other Support

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Educational Foundation, the KSCPA Educational Foundation awarded the T.C. and Trella Anderson and James T. and Mary Ann Clark Doctoral Scholar scholarship to the University of Kansas. The $300,000 endowment granted on January 17, 2013, will help to fund doctoral scholars who are CPAs.