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Foundation for Accounting Education Presents Excellence in Accounting Scholarship

The purpose of the Excellence in Accounting Scholarship of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and its Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE) is to provide financial assistance to encourage and aid deserving candidates to enter the accounting profession. Accordingly, scholarship awards will be based heavily on financial need. At the same time, applicants must meet or exceed a threshold of acceptable academic performance. The program is administered by the FAE, a 501(c) (3) foundation.

The application is available here.


Applicants must:

  • Have declared a major in accounting as described below and, if applicable, been accepted to that major.

  • Be residents of New York State and either U.S. citizens or permanent residents. An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or does not have a permanent resident visa is NOT eligible for a scholarship and should not submit this application.

  • Be enrolled at or accepted to a New York State college or university that offers an accounting program(s) registered by the N.Y. State Education Department as meeting the educational requirements for admission to the CPA examination (hereafter designated as a “Registered College” and can be found here: http://www.nysed.gov/heds/irpsl1.html). Can be either a Graduate student or an Undergraduate student.

  • Have completed a minimum of 72 credit hours by April 1, 2017 and 84 credits by the start of the fall 2017 semester (registered credits included). A part-time student or student whose program has followed an irregular pattern must be at an equivalent stage. In addition, such a student must have successfully completed at least one semester of the college’s intermediate accounting course(s).

  • Have achieved an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (based on a four-point system) for the above 72+ credit hours as of April 1, 2017, and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

  • Have completed and filed a FAFSA application and been approved for financial aid. Applicants who have not applied and been approved for financial aid are not eligible for the scholarship and should not submit this application.

  • Have FAE Campus Liaison or Department Chair letter of recommendation, or letter of accounting related recommendation (can be an employer).


  1. The scholarship is based upon a full year of academic study. The amount of the scholarship shall be $2,500 for full-time study (see 2 below) and $1,250 for part-time study. Payments will be issued in September. They will be made copayable to the student and the school. The scholarship award will be reduced for students enrolled for less than a full year and will be based upon the terms completed.
  2. Each applicant must be enrolled for at least 12 semester credits to receive a full scholarship; an applicant enrolled in six to 11.5 credits per semester shall be eligible to receive a partial scholarship; am applicant enrolled for fewer than six credits is not eligible for an award.
  3. A student may reapply for a scholarship each year through the online application.
  4. Requests for consideration of special circumstances, such as deferral of a scholarship during a period of leave of absence, may be made to the FAE Scholarship Committee.

To learn more about the New York State Society of CPAs and programs for future CPAs, visit www.nysscpa.org. For further information, please contact Diane Abela by e-mail at dabela@nysscpa.org.


Please use this link to complete and submit the Excellence in Accounting scholarship application.

Completed applications are accepted through the online application only. For a complete list of Liaisons, see Campus Liaisons. Students who do NOT have a Campus Liaison may submit their completed application via their department chair or accounting professional contact for the letter of recommendation.

The application consists of the following sections: Personal Information & Questionnaire, Academic Information, Attach Documents, Letter of Recommendation (also includes Financial Aid information request), and Essay.

Each section must be completed in full by the student or appropriate school representative to be eligible for scholarship consideration.

Questions: Please email Diane Abela dabela@nysscpa.org

2016 - 2017 FAE Scholarship Winners 

First Name Last Name
Adelphi University Vanessa Harrison
Adelphi University Xiaodong Zhao
Alfred University Amber Cramp
Alfred University Cheyenne Seymour
Brooklyn College Leslie Ann Yarde
Canisius College Nathan Cristantello
Canisius College Jessica Dieter
Canisius College Alexander Frey
Canisius College Frances Guzzo
Canisius College Melody Cole
Canisius College Giovanna Roth
Daemen College Elaina Dickinson
Daemen College Zachary Kinnaird
Hartwick College Allison Agate
Hartwick College Grey Bennis
Le Moyne College Ariana Anoceto
Manhattan College Kristen Ferguson
Manhattan College Gino Giglio
Manhattan College Melissa Quezada
Mercy College Malerie Baker
Molloy College Sean Moran
Mount Saint Mary College My'kai Timecca-Lee De'jean
New York University Haley Bastien
New York University Jimmy Chan
New York University Tom Mao
New York University Kaitlyn Walsh
New York University Yingzhe Xu
Niagara University Kyle Sentiff
Rochester Institute Of Technology Ayaan Aweis
Rochester Institute Of Technology Nicole Gleicher
Rochester Institute Of Technology John Robinson
Siena College Brittany Langley
St. Francis College Evelyn Bedoya
St. Francis College Miguel Medrano
St. Francis College Hayat Moustafa
St. Francis College Jason Petrino
St. John Fisher College Matthew Colicchia
St. John Fisher College Michael Roman
St. John Fisher College Marissa Stack
St. Joseph's College Jennifer Ilgaz
St. Joseph's College Zaineb Siddiqui
St. Joseph's College Alexandra Zacharoula Zervos
Stony Brook University, SUNY Mark Miata
SUNY Oswego Noah Oliver
SUNY College at Old Westbury Wahlid Sharifi
SUNY College at Old Westbury Briana Labia
SUNY Fredonia Jessica Bolsei
SUNY Fredonia Ryli Chmiel
SUNY Fredonia Katlynn Cole
SUNY Fredonia Trevor Smith
SUNY Geneseo Bradford Hasenauer
SUNY Geneseo Wilson Zhang
SUNY Plattsburgh Charmi Shah
Syracuse University Byron Delarosa
Syracuse University Seaton White
The College of Saint Rose Kamila Castillo
University at Albany-SUNY Juan Cifuentes
University at Albany-SUNY Roberto Hernandez
University at Buffalo Shiawtian Chen
University at Buffalo Marcus Gilligan
University at Buffalo John Kleindinst
University at Buffalo Bridget Mensah
University at Buffalo Michelina Strangio
Utica College Sarah Kinney


2016 - 2017 COAP Scholarship Winners 

School First Name Last Name
Nassau Community College Yansi Cano Magana
St. John's University Esther Chai
LIU Post Ashley Rodriguez
Baruch College Lin Lin
University of Buffalo Yusef Burgos
Binghamton University Sherry Yung
Cornell University Javier Perez
Adelphi University Marissa Carozza
University at Albany Arlene Castro
University of Buffalo Yusef Burgos
Suffolk County Community College Joseph Gonzalez
University at Albany Shannon   Berchem
Rochester Institute of Technology Shayla Sanders


Baruch College 

FAE Excellence in Accounting Scholarships First Name Last Name
  Eva Law
  Mabel Yee
Manhattan/Bronx Ted Wilson Scholarship    
  Dandan Lin
  Ting Zhang
Anchin Block & Anchin Scholarships    
  Jooyean Lee
  Josh Shapin
  Laura Velez
  Liyan Zhang