Accounting Scholarships

In addition to accounting scholarships offered locally, nationally, and internationally (discussed later), many accounting scholarships are offered at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa through the Shidler College of Business. See the Shidler College of Business web page and the University of Hawaii Foundation scholarship STAR system (note that the scholarship deadline is usually mid-February). A separate SOA web page lists some prior year scholarship recipients in accounting and Business Night award winners.

UH and UH-Mānoa offers merit scholarships to attract the best and brightest, such as the UH Regent's and Presidential Scholarships, Mānoa Provost Achievement, and Mānoa Merit Scholarships.

Current accounting scholarships for School of Accountancy (SOA) students include:

  • Accounting Student Educational Support
  • Association of Government Accountants of Hawaii Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • CW Associates, CPAs Scholarship
  • Deloitte & Touche Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Don Corbin, Ph.D. Scholarship Fund
  • Ernst & Young LLP Accounting Scholarship
  • Fujii and Rodriguez Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Hawaii Accounting Education Foundation Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Hawaii Association of Public Accountants Oahu Chapter Endowed Scholarship
  • Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship
  • Howard and Vivian Todo Scholarship Fund
  • Institute of Internal Auditors-Hawaii Chapter Scholarship
  • James A. Hassett/Ernst & Young Scholarship for Accounting Excellence
  • KPMG LLP Scholarship for Accounting Excellence
  • PKF Scholarship for Excellence in Accounting
  • Manuel Sylvester Scholarship
  • The Marge Sylvester Scholarship Fund
  • Master's of Accounting Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • N&K
  • Robert H. Y. Leong & Company Endowed Scholarship

After acceptance into the Shidler College of Business, financial assistance is available through scholarships, awards, and tuition waivers based on merit. Accounting students often receive scholarships open to all business students, such as:

  • Asian Field Study Scholarship Fund
  • Professor Misawa Honjo International Fellowship (Asian Finance Fellowship) to study abroad at Japanese universities
  • Financial Executives International - Hawaii Chapter Endowed Scholarship
  • Freeman Scholarships (for study abroad)
  • Oscar and Rosetta Fish Fund for Excellence Scholarship
  • T.C. and Angeli Chan Endowed Scholarship Fund

Local Scholarships

The Hawaii Community Foundation administers many local scholarship funds, including accounting students from the Hawaii Society of CPAs (HSCPA). Every year the Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation provides over $150,000 in scholarships to encourage students in Hawaii to pursue higher education in business administration or a related area. Each undergraduate scholarship is for $16,000 paid over four years. Ke Ali'i Pauahi Foundation (supporting the educational needs and goals of people of Hawaiian ancestry) has the "Goldman Sachs Scholarship" for Full-Time Graduate Students, with applications available from early February to mid-March. The Hawaii Association of Public Accountants (HAPA) also offers scholarships for undergraduates and graduate accounting students.

National Scholarships in Accounting

Many national accounting organizations also offer scholarships to encourage the pursuit of accounting education, such as the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), the Association for Government Accountants (AGA), and the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance.

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), a nonprofit corporation that oversees auditors of issuers and broker-dealers, has awarded academic scholarships to undergraduate and graduate accounting students since 2011. The PCAOB scholarships are awarded based on the SOA recommendation and are up to $10,000 per award.

AICPA Legacy Scholarships help students with their educational expenses worth between $1,000 to $10,000. Also, AICPA Legacy Scholars have the opportunity to gain real-world experience and beyond-the-classroom skills employers are craving. See The deadline to apply is typically the end of March.

Other AICPA scholarships include:

  • AICPA/Accountemps Scholarship for students majoring in accounting, finance, or information systems
  • AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship for students with non-business related undergraduate degrees pursuing graduate studies in accounting
  • AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students for students of ethnic backgrounds who are considered underrepresented in the CPA profession
  • AICPA Foundation Two-year Transfer Scholarship for students transferring from a two-year institution to a four-year accounting program

IMA Scholarships – All IMA Student members can apply for awards. These include the IMA Memorial Education Fund scholarships and the Stuart Cameron and Margaret McLeod Society (SCMS) Memorial Scholarship. The deadlines for both of these scholarships are mid-February. In addition, the UH Accounting Club is an official IMA student chapter.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Foundation offers the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship. Students who wish to pursue a career in fraud examination are ideal candidates. The deadline date for completed applications is usually early in February. Students can visit for eligibility criteria and complete the online application. Scholarships range up to $10,000.

International Scholarships

The East-West Center grants scholarships to degree fellows from all over the Asia-Pacific region for studies at the University of Hawai'i. Scholarship applications are generally due November 1st.