Accounting Scholarships

The School of Accounting offers several scholarships to accounting majors. We are grateful to the individuals, firms and organizations that strongly support our students and programs through these financial aid opportunities.  Brief descriptions of the available scholarships are shown below.  The deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 1.  To apply, go to:  http://www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/myscholarships-163.htm

Richard H. Giles Memorial Scholarship
Richard H. Giles Memorial Scholarships are awarded to full-time (averaging 9 credit hours or more per semester) graduate degree-seeking students who show promise of making outstanding contributions in the field of public accounting. Recipients are expected to demonstrate good scholarship, interpersonal skills, and continued involvement in the business community. Recipients will receive up to $4,000 ($2,000 per semester) towards tuition & fees.

GVSU Accounting Alumni Scholarship
The Accounting Alumni Scholarship Fund was established to recognize outstanding full-time undergraduate accounting students who show promise of making outstanding contributions in the field of accounting. Recipients are expected to demonstrate good scholarship, interpersonal skills, and continued involvement in the business community. Recipients will receive up to $3,000 ($1,500 per semester) towards tuition and fees.

Becker CPA Course Scholarship
The Becker CPA Course scholarship is awarded to a student who will take the CPA exam within one year that shows potential to excel in passing the examination the first time.  Becker Professional Review was established in 1957 and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2007.  The value of the program is $2,600 for all four parts.  In 2005 and 2006, 7 out of the 10 Sells award winners had studied for the CPA exam with Becker. 

Crowe, LLP Outstanding Accounting Student Scholarship 
Crowe, LLP scholarship is for a Junior Accounting major entering senior year in the fall of the award year who is a Michigan resident, with a minimum cumulative GPA 3.2 and 3.5 GPA in accounting, with a desire to live and work in the Midwest.  The student must exhibit leadership skills in addition to academic excellence.  The scholarship award is $1,000.

EY Senior Accounting Excellence Scholarship               
EY Accounting Senior Excellence Award is given to a senior accounting major preparing for graduate studies who exhibits leadership skills and good scholastic ability.  The amount of this scholarship is $1,000.

Financial Executives International Western Michigan Chapter (FEI-WM) Scholarship
The Financial Executives International Michigan Chapter scholarship is awarded to a full-time accounting or finance student who is heavily involved in extracurricular activities such as accounting or finance clubs (e.g. Beta Alpha Psi), raising a family, athletics, or working at an outside job while in school. The student must be a current junior or senior with at least one year remaining at Grand Valley as well as be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate accounting or finance degree programs. The recipient must have a 3.25 overall GPA and 3.5 GPA within their major. The amount of this scholarship is $2,000. 

Hungerford Nichols Accounting Scholarship
Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors established a scholarship in 2003 for undergraduate GVSU accounting students. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time and have an interest in a career in public accounting in West Michigan. Recipients are expected to demonstrate good scholarship, interpersonal skills and continued involvement in the business community. Recipients receive $2,000 ($1,000 per semester) toward tuition and fees at GVSU.  Hungerford Nichols is a locally owned and controlled, full-service CPA firm, serving West Michigan since 1941.

Plante Moran Accounting Scholarship
Plante Moran established a scholarship for undergraduate GVSU accounting students.  To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time and have an interest in a career in public accounting.  Recipients are expected to demonstrate good scholarship, interpersonal skills, and continued involvement in the community.  Recipients receive $1,000 ($500 per semester) toward tuition and fees. 

Tax Executives Institute Accounting/Tax Scholarship
The Western Michigan Chapter of the Tax Executives Institute (TEI) established a scholarship for GVSU accounting students with an interest in tax.  Scholarships will be awarded to students currently in or entering the MST or MSA program with a focus in tax.  The student must not be eligible for reimbursement from their employer.  Recipients are expected to demonstrate good scholarship, interpersonal skills, and continued involvement in the business community. Recipients will receive up to $2,000 ($1,000 per semester) towards tuition for graduate tax courses.   A one page essay must address future goals and plans in the tax field.

Dr. Donald J. Klein, Sr. Graduate Scholarship in Accounting
This scholarship was created by the Seidman School of Business and Accounting alumni in honor of Professor Emeritus and former Accounting Department Chair, Don Klein.  Candidates must be accepted by Grand Valley State University for enrollment in the MSA program to be eligible to receive this scholarship.  Recipients will receive up to $5,000 towards tuition and fees. Students must include a statement describing your career goal (including your desired position in 5 to 10 years and how you intend to achieve this), a copy of your current resume, a(n unofficial) transcript and an in-person interview with the scholarship committee. Additional application requirements are given on the myscholarships website.

The Richard E. Veazey Graduate Academic Scholarship in Accounting|
This scholarship recognizes an outstanding student who wants to pursue a Master of Science in Accounting graduate degree at the Seidman College of Business, panning to enter the accounting profession.  This scholarship provides for the full in-state tuition cost of 33 credits. Scholarship candidates must be enrolled in, or application accepted for, full-time status as a graduate accounting degree-seeking student (MSA) and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better (4.0 system).

The application process includes submission of a two page, typed, double-spaced essay on the topic “Discuss where you would like to be in your career in five years and what influences have shaped your decisions,” along with two letters of recommendation, with one being from an academic source, and an in-person interview with the scholarship committee.  Additional application requirements are given on the myscholarships website.