High School Scholarships

The NJCPA Scholarship Fund awards one-year $1,500 scholarships to college-bound New Jersey high school seniors intending to major in accounting or obtain a concentration in accounting which includes not less than 24 accounting credits.

 

Questions?

Contact Pam Isenburg at pisenburg@ njcpa.org or 862-702-5641.

APPLICATION FORM

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 11, 2020.

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Before completing the application form, you will need to:
  • Prepare a 500-word essay on the topic below. Copy and paste your essay into the application for submission. Please refrain from including any identifying information in your essay such as your name or school. Your essay will be judged on the following areas: content and originality; commitment to being a CPA; and, grammar, language and organization. An essay that exceeds expectations will demonstrate that the question is answered clearly and accurately and covers all topics requested. The essay is unique, creative and engaging. Language and vocabulary demonstrate sophisticated and exceptional use. An exceptional understanding of the CPA profession is indicated. The candidate is excited about what he/she can accomplish as a CPA.

    • Topic: Why did you choose accounting and what do you think being a CPA will mean to your career?
  • Read and accept the rules below.

Rules

  1. Eligibility

    This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors intending to major in accounting or obtain a concentration in accounting which includes not less than 24 accounting credits. Applicants must:

    1. Be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted for permanent residence, and a NJ resident attending a NJ public, parochial/private or home school high school.
    2. Have a cumulative three-year GPA of 3.5 or above OR a minimum total SAT score* (combined evidence-based reading and writing plus math) of 1260 OR minimum composite ACT score of 26. If you were unable to take the SAT or ACT due to the Pandemic or for other reasons, please check the box regarding test scores in the application. School transcripts and test scores should be submitted via mail, email or fax. A screenshot of test scores is acceptable.
    3. Be planning to enter a U.S. college/university in the upcoming fall semester. Students planning to attend a two-year college must submit a letter of intent signed by the student and a parent or legal guardian indicating that the student intends to obtain a four-year degree as an accounting major or obtain a concentration in accounting which includes not less than 24 accounting credits at a four-year college/university after completing studies at the two-year college.
  2. Application Deadline

    Completed applications must be received by midnight December 11, 2020. A completed application includes:

    1. Application, submitted online with all required fields completed.
    2. Application essay, submitted online with no identifying information (e.g., your name, your school).
    3. Guidance Department Form including student grade point average, standardized test score, guidance counselor name and signature, submitted by the student’s guidance counselor via mail, email or fax.
    4. Copy of SAT or ACT score results, submitted via mail, email or fax A screenshot of test scores is acceptable. If you were unable to take the SAT or ACT due to the Pandemic or for other reasons, please check the box regarding test scores in the application.

    All of the above components must be received by midnight December 11, 2020 in order for an application to be considered complete. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the NJCPA if confirmation of receipt is not received within three (3) business days of submission.

  3. Required Interview

    All finalists will be notified by December 28, 2020. Finalists are required to participate in an interview on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Interviews will be done virtually via the Zoom platform. There will be no make-up date.

  4. Inquiries

    The NJCPA Student Programs and Scholarship Committee will answer any questions that may arise as to eligibility, participation or selection of winners. In all cases, the committee’s decisions are final. Questions from applicants may be sent to scholarship@njcpa.org or directed to Pam Isenburg at pisenburg@njcpa.org.

  5. Notification of Results

    Scholarship recipients will be notified in early March 2021. A list of all recipients will be available at njcpa.org/scholarship.

  6. Duplicate Scholarships

    In the event a scholarship recipient also receives a scholarship from another source, which he or she stands to lose as a result of winning an NJCPA Scholarship, the Student Programs and Scholarship Committee may, at the recipient’s request, withdraw or reduce the amount of the award.

  7. Award Disbursement and Terms

    Scholarship payment will be made to the college or university. Payment is contingent upon submission of the Scholarship Activation Form.