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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.

2018-2019 the scholarship application is closed.


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, 2018 and 84 credits by the start of the fall 2018 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, 2018, 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 Stephanie Doctor by e-mail at sdoctor@nysscpa.org.


A link will be posted here on January 8, 2018 that you may use 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 Stephanie Doctor, sdoctor@nysscpa.org.

2017 - 2018 FAE Scholarship Winners 

First Name Last Name
Adelphi University Marissa Carozza
Adelphi University Jessica Vadala
Alfred University Connor Pumm
Canisius College Noah Cole
Canisius College Edward Enright
Canisius College Paige Pedini
Hartwick College Grey Bennis
Hartwick College Kelly Napolitano
Hofstra University Sandy Le
Hofstra University Juan Fuentes
Hofstra University Laura DelPiano
Hofstra University Serena Ruel
Hofstra University Shivangi Kumar
Hunter College Marta Prokofjevaite Spigel
Hunter College Linda Leung
Hunter College Alfredo Loli
Manhattan College John Wood
Manhattan College Bernadette Graham
Manhattan College Kaelin McHale
Mercy College Pasquale Franciosa
Molloy College Sean Moran
Molloy College Christopher Mascia
Nazareth College Jessy Dwyer
New York University Francesca Barjon
New York University Karan Chhatpar
New York University Sydney Farmer
New York University Helen Kong
New York University Min Young Seo
Niagara University Kyle Sentiff
Rochester Institute Of Technology Priscilla Coats
Siena College Aaron Anderson
Siena College Shannon Hunter
St. Francis College Jason Petrino
St. Francis College Miguel Medrano
St. Francis College Tamim Ali
St. John Fisher College Shane Bloom
St. John Fisher College Marissa Stack
St. Joseph's College Nicholas Perrone
St. Joseph's College Cindy Munar
St.John's University Qiufeng Wu
SUNY Albany Michaela Zholovnik
SUNY Brockport Tra Tran
SUNY Brockport Stephanie Licciardello
SUNY Brockport Renata Rooney
SUNY Fredonia Brandi Ritenburg
SUNY Oswego Noah Oliver
SUNY Plattsburgh Benjamin Dvortsis
Syracuse University Lauren DuBois
The College of Saint Rose Mykha'el Wilson
The College of Saint Rose Keith DiGeorgio
University at Buffalo Jin Chen
University at Buffalo Mei Qi Maggie Chui
University at Buffalo Gavin Evancho
University at Buffalo Lucy Zhang
University at Buffalo Yupiao Zhou
Utica College Pavel Chmunevich
Yeshiva University Noah Markovitch
Yeshiva University Devorah Schwartzman

2017 - 2018 COAP Scholarship Winners 

First Name Last Name
New York University Mokutima Ekong
Baruch College Kaiyell Pettie
University at Albany Mark Zhinin
St. John's University Esther Chai
LIU Post Ashley Rodriguez
Baruch College Lin Lin
Binghamton University Sherry Yung
Cornell University Javier Perez
Adelphi University Marissa Carozza
University at Albany Arlene Castro
Suffolk County Community College Joseph Gonzalez
University at Albany Shannon Berchem

Baruch College 

FAE Excellence in Accounting Scholarships First Name Last Name
  Karen Chen
  Jonathan Foong
  Zhao Lin
  Aqsa Naeem
  Rahim Rogatia
  Diana Vascan
Manhattan/Bronx Ted Wilson Scholarship    
  Yan Chen
  Diana Vascan
Anchin Block & Anchin Scholarships    
  Jonathan Foong
  Zhao Lin
  Aqsa Naeem
  Rahim Rogatia

NYSSCPA Buffalo Chapter Scholarships 

School First Name Last Name
Canisius College Sean Grathwol
Canisius College David McMaster
Canisius College Thomas Widman
University at Buffalo Marco Gangarossa
University at Buffalo Donald Reifschneider
University at Buffalo Lexi Weber