Become A CPA

Become A CPA

The Washington CPA Foundation will award over $400,000 in scholarships to accounting students attending an accredited college or university in the state of Washington for the 2019-2020 school year. Read on to find out how you can earn one!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be entering junior year or higher in fall 2018. Fifth year, masters, and PhD candidates as well as community college transfers are encouraged to apply
  • GPA minimum of 3.0 (or equivalent) in accounting courses and overall
  • Involvement in on-campus, off-campus or community activities
  • Provide one letter of recommendation on letterhead from a CPA, mentor, professor, or direct supervisor
  • Submit copies of transcripts from any colleges attended

Scholarship Guidelines

  • Students transferring from a community college to 4 year college or university accredited in Washington State are eligible for scholarships
  • Fifth year, graduate and PhD accounting students attending a college or university that is accredited in Washington State are eligible for scholarships
  • Past scholarship recipients may re-apply

Amount and Duration of Scholarships

  • Scholarships awards to juniors, seniors, and fifth-year students will be $5,000
  • Scholarships awards to master's and PhD students will be up to $8,000
  • Scholarships are non-renewable and are for tuition only
  • Scholarships are paid directly to the accredited college or university listed on application
  • Scholarships are awarded only to individuals attending an accredited college or university in Washington State
  • Responsibility for ensuring that the monies can be used for the semester/quarter/year granted lies solely with the student

What You Will Need

  • Unofficial transcripts from the college or university you currently attend and any that you attended previously
  • The email address of a CPA, mentor, professor, or direct supervisor who will provide a reference for you
  • Current resume that includes any internships (paid or unpaid), jobs, awards, volunteer positions or leadership roles on campus or in the community
  • Two essays of 500 words or less. The questions can be found at the end of the scholarship application.

Tips for a Successful Scholarship Application

  • Plan ahead. On average, it takes about three to four weeks to get a recommendation, and you can hone your essays by asking friends and family to provide feedback.
  • Polish your résumé. Your résumé is a quick summary that will give the reviewers (and potential employers) a summary of who you are. Make sure you're putting your best foot forward.

More Scholarship Opportunities

Do you dream of being a CPA but aren't a rising junior yet? Check out the accounting scholarship from the Washington Association of Accountants and Tax Professionals and National Society of Accountants!

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants also offers the following scholarships:


The Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants is the only organization in the state of Washington dedicated to serving the professional needs of CPAs, educating consumers about CPAs and the services they provide, and encouraging students to study accounting and enter the profession.

Your Profession. Your Future. Your Advocate.


Washington Society of CPAs
902 140th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98005-3480

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  • (F) 425-562-8853

The WSCPA's business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.