The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is currently accepting applications for the Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship and Internship programme.

The George Willie programme provides scholarship and internship to ten ethnic minority accounting students who intend to gain their CPA licensure. It provides the students with up to $10,000 each with their final academic year tuition, while ten PCPS member firms will each sponsor a student for an internship during the January to April busy season in 2022.

The participating member firms are:

  • Abdo, Eick & Meyers, Edina/Minneapolis and Mankato, MN
  • Anders CPA, St. Louis, MO
  • Bowman & Company, Voorhees Township, NJ
  • Dean Dorton, Lexington and Louisville, KY
  • Gumbiner Savett Inc., Santa Monica, CA
  • King & Oliason, Seattle, WA
  • Krost CPAs, Pasadena and Woodland Hills, CA
  • Moss Adams, All office locations.
  • O’Connor & Drew P.C., Braintree, MA
  • SobelCo, Livingston and Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Association of International Certified Public Accountants vice president of small firm interests Carl Peterson said: “The George Willie programme is a great opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge they’ll need in a career as a CPA. These internships also allow the firms an opportunity to diversify their recruiting efforts and attract talented accounting students.”

The programme was created in honour of George Willie, a former chair of AICPA’s PCPS Executive Committee and the AICPA Minority Initiatives Committee. It is open to ethnic minority students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting or an accounting-related major. Applicants also must plan to sit the CPA exam. The deadline for application closes 16 April 2021. Full eligibility requirements and selection criteria are available here.

AICPA senior manager of diversity and inclusion Shelly Frazier said: “The AICPA is committed to bolstering diversity and inclusivity in the profession, and this is a great vehicle for doing that. Not only does the program help minority students complete their accounting education, but it connects students and firms, offering the potential to build life-long careers.”