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Donate to the Moynihan Scholarship Fund

Since its establishment in 2015, the mission of the Moynihan Scholarship Fund is to support the education and development of high school and college students in New York State and facilitate their exposure to accounting and business careers. In 2020, the Moynihan Scholarship Fund awarded $132,125 in scholarships. Please support the future of the profession with a donation.


Mission Statement

The New York State Society of CPAs’ Moynihan Scholarship Fund (“MSF”) supports the education and development of students in New York State and facilitates their exposure to accounting and business careers.

The Moynihan Scholarship Fund provides direct scholarships, as well as, ongoing sponsorship of the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program. COAP is a three-decade-old program pioneered by CPAs reaching out to high school and college students throughout the state. Established in honor of the late NYSSCPA Past President David J. Moynihan, the Moynihan Scholarship Fund is committed to ensuring that individuals desiring to study accountancy in New York State have the ability to do so, regardless of their economic backgrounds. We are committed to carrying forward David’s legacy vision that “we all have the opportunity to shape a mind, to shape a life.”

Prefer to donate with a check? Please mail to our secure lockbox at:
Moynihan Scholarship Fund, Inc.  
Lockbox 10550
PO BOX 70280 
Philadelphia, PA 19176-0280

Please identify the donor on the memo line of the check in order to ensure the acknowledgement letter is addressed correctly. Contributions to the Moynihan Scholarship Fund, a 501 (c)(3) organization, are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.


MSF Priorities

  • General accounting education and outreach – The Trustees are committed to forming alliances and partnerships with complementary organizations that create traction for MSF initiatives and fully support The COAP program, which is designed to offer high school students the opportunity to learn about the accounting profession and to cultivate important business skills that will benefit them throughout their career.
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion across the profession – MSF is committed to advancing young aspiring accounting professionals regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability status, or any other aspect of diversity. We work to push this priority forward through an annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference and a statewide committee dedicated to providing education to members and non-members alike.
  • Providing scholarships –  By financially assisting top-notch accounting students, as well as offering them professional support and mentoring, we can help ensure that the pipeline of future accountants is robust. Your donations make the important work of MSF possible.

Please contact Dawne Troupe at dtroupe@nysscpa.org with any questions (212) 719-8327.

MSF Overview

Established in 2015, The Moynihan Scholarship Fund (MSF) honors the memory of NYSSCPA past-president David J. Moynihan (1955-2015), a staunch advocate for educational opportunities. The Moynihan Scholarship Fund is an affiliate of the NYSSCPA and supports the NYSSCPA's student programs:


The Moynihan Fund

"Some are blessed to be teachers, but we all have the opportunity to shape a mind, to shape a life."

David J. Moynihan
August 10, 1955-January 9, 2015



MSF Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Foundation includes up to nine trustees, four of whom currently serve on the NYSSCPA Society Board of Directors. The Officers include a president, president-elect, and Secretary/Treasurer. The NYSSCPA Executive Director serves as a non-voting, ex-officio member. The Board of Trustees may appoint other non-voting, ex-officio members at their discretion.

For questions about the MSF programs and activities, or to discuss contributing to the MSF, please email info@moynihanfund.org.

MSF Trustees Term Ends
1. J. Michael Kirkland, President 2022
2. F. Michael Zovistoski 2023
3. Neil Gibgot
4. Ita M. Rahilly, ex officio 2023
5. Thomas S. Pirro, ex officio
6. Edward L. Arcara, ex officio 2024
7. Lynne M. Fuentes, ex officio 2022
8. Nadia Matthie 2024
9. Joanne Barry, ex officio, non-voting


David Alexander Paterson became the 55th Governor of the State of New York on March 17, 2008.

Prior to becoming New York State’s 55th governor in March 2008, David began his political career when he was elected to represent Harlem in 1985 at the age of 31, making him the third youngest state senator in New York’s history. In 2002, he was elected as Minority Leader of the New York State Senate, becoming the first African-American and blind legislative leader in the state’s history. Among his many other accomplishments and distinctions, he addressed the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

In 2014, David was appointed as Chairman of the New York State Democratic Party and served on the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He was an adjunct professor of government at New York University and later joined the faculty at Touro College. He was the Director/Investments with the Stifel Investment Services Moldaver Paterson & Lee Group.

David is currently, Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President and COO at Sands Las Vegas.


COAP Scholarship

Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP)

COAP is a unique learning experience developed to expose promising high school students to accounting and business careers.  The program features successful role models and an introduction to the college campus.  Most important, the program is designed to teach students about the breadth and depth of accounting as a career choice. Every year, more than 200 students benefit from your generosity.

But it’s not just about course work; students are taken on field trips and given an opportunity to visit corporations, accounting firms, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies in order to gain exposure to the business world.  It’s about raising awareness through information and imaging, and providing guidance and resources that aid and increase minority participation in the profession.

The COAP program provides participants with a unique introduction to the accounting profession.  By attending sessions on campus and interacting with students from other schools who share similar interests and career goals, COAP also provides an idea of what the college experience will be like.  The tremendous majority of the participants leave with a sense of having been part of something special.

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Students who participate in a COAP program are eligible to apply for a COAP College Scholarship in their senior year of high school.  For students on the CPA track, this scholarship grants $2,000 per year for up to five years.  Applicants must major in accounting at a college or university in New York State.

New York State Accounting Higher Education

Participants must have applied to a New York State college or university for accounting. (Only students studying full-time at a school in New York State are eligible for the scholarship. If a student awarded a scholarship chooses not to study full-time in New York, the scholarship will be forfeited.)

Candidate Selection Process     Show More

Candidates are required to have accounting as their anticipated major field. Applicants who have applied for a two-, four-, or, five-year program will be considered. The criteria for initial awards will be academic record, extracurricular activities (including employment), an essay, and applicant appraisal. These criteria will be evaluated based on all applications submitted.

Selection Criteria     Show More

COAP Scholarship Program candidates are judged on three criteria:

  1. Academic excellence and intellectual distinction. Although the program does not require a minimum grade point average (GPA), it is understood that prospective candidates will have the academic ability and preparation to succeed in their education.
  2. An outstanding record of leadership.
  3. A sustained commitment to service and community.

What Constitutes a Complete Application?     Show More

  1. Submit the online application.
  2. Essay component (Mandatory): A 750-word essay describing your long-term plans as they relate to your a) educational objectives, b) career objectives, c) future goals, and how your COAP experience has affected these plans.  (Optional): An additional 750-word essay describing how and when any unusual family or personal circumstances have affected your achievement in school, your work experience, or your participation in school and/or community activities.
  3. Most recent official transcript with grades, major GPA, and cumulative GPA.
  4. Completed Applicant Appraisal.

COAP Scholarship Renewal     Show More

Scholarship renewal will only be based upon maintenance of an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or above, and an accounting GPA of at least 3.0. If you are enrolled in a two- or four- year college or university, you must indicate what your plans will be for the completion of the CPA 150-credit-hour requirement.

If You Are Chosen for a Scholarship

All applicants will be notified via email after the Scholarship Committee meets in April. Letters will be mailed to the students’ home addresses shortly after the decision is made.

Application Deadline: 5 p.m. on Monday, April 6?

Please note:
The MSF Scholarship Committee reserves the right to process only applications that are complete and are received by the deadline indicated above. can all this be collapsed

Excellence in Accounting Scholarship

The purpose of the Excellence in Accounting Scholarship 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. In 2019, we awarded 99 Excellence in Accounting Scholarships

Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students

In partnership with AICPA, the NYSSCPA/MSF minority scholarship’s goal is to increase the ethnic diversity of the CPA profession by offering scholarship awards to undergraduate and graduate level students. This scholarship provides financial awards to full-time minority students pursuing a degree in accounting or an accounting-related major residing in New York State.

Give to the Moynihan Scholarship Fund

Attracting and supporting high quality students with a diversified education and background is needed to overcome the profession’s talent shortage. Through our initiatives, MSF is expanding its reach by working with high schools, universities, and developing complementary partnerships to provide opportunity through financial assistance, education, and networking to those that need it most.

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Contact Us

The Moynihan Scholarship Fund, Inc.
14 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005
(212) 719-8327


The Moynihan Scholarship Fund, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) organization.

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