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Scholarships for Colorado Accounting Students

Founded in 1958, the Educational Foundation of the COCPA provides scholarships to students in Colorado who are on the path to a CPA career. Scholarships are awarded in August for the fall term and may be applied to tuition, textbooks, fees, and on-campus room and board.

Applicants must be pursuing a degree with accounting emphasis from an eligible, 4-year Colorado college or university.


Apply between March 1 and June 30, 2023 to be considered for a scholarship for the Merit Scholarship Application.


Apply between January 17 and March 31, 2023 to be considered for a scholarship for the Community College Accounting Scholarship.

Other Scholarship Opportunities


The AICPA offers nine different scholarships to students and educators.


A list of various organizations offering accounting scholarships.


Online scholarship search tool.


For ethnic minorities who are currently enrolled as full-time students.


A website offering general information about college funding.


Grants, loans, fellowships, and employer assistance for accounting majors.


Applications are now being accepted for the KPMG Future Leaders Program – Class of 2023.
The KPMG Future Leaders Program annually awards 22 deserving high school female seniors:


  1. A scholarship of $10,000 per year for 4 years of college
  2. A leadership development retreat and ongoing KPMG support
  3. A pairing with an executive woman mentor for one-year


We are committed to reaching as many qualified young women as possible, and we cannot do so without your help! Please share this application link with your qualifying female students and encourage them to apply for this wonderful opportunity.


Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2023. An independent selection committee will select and notify the 22 recipients by April 14, 2023.


Since the program’s inception in 2016, nearly $4.5M in scholarships has been awarded to 144 KPMG Future Leaders. We are immensely proud of our students and invite you to learn more about their journeys here.

All Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF)’s 2023 Scholarships applications are now open!


• High School Junior & Senior Scholarship
• Undergraduate Scholarships
• Doctoral/Graduate Studies Scholarships


For more information regarding scholarship qualifications and application closing dates, please visit or email us at

Become a COCPA Student Member

COCPA student members enjoy all the great benefits of membership at only a fraction of the cost. For only $24 a year, you gain exclusive access to the people and resources, and you prove you are serious about your professional direction.

  • Scholarship opportunities to support your education
  • Student Interview Days: opportunities to develop your career
  • Unique networking opportunities
  • Discounted event costs
  • Subscription to membership publications
  • Participation in professional advocacy
  • Access to professional learning opportunities
  • Discounts on CPA review programs
  • The COCPA Student Alliance: a group designed to help Colorado accounting students navigate their educational and professional journey by providing meetings, resources, networking events, and volunteer opportunities.
  • COCPA Career Center: a great resource to discover job opportunities, connect with employers, prepare for interviews, and more!

  • Mock CPA Exams: COCPA and Surgent CPA Review partner to offer FREE, quarterly Mock CPA Exams to help you prepare by using actual multiple-choice questions and simulations.


Student Interview Days

SAVE THE DATE: The 2022 edition of Student Interview Days will take place Monday, September 19 – Saturday, September 24.


Every year, COCPA brings together “soon to be graduates” and helps match them to firms looking to add new talent. We have chosen to embrace this new, virtual world with more opportunities — for both students and firms. No more time limits. No more space limits. No more travel limits. Let’s do this.

AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop

The AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop (ASLW) is an all-expenses-paid annual invitational program for minority accounting students. This event aims to strengthen students’ professional skills and understanding of the limitless possibilities and benefits of earning the CPA credential.


Attendees will participate in learning sessions and panel discussions covering a wide array of topics such as developing leadership skills and passing the CPA exam. Students will have the opportunity to interact with accomplished CPA professionals who will share priceless knowledge regarding career opportunities in accounting and the value of networking. AICPA Foundation covers the cost of student attendees’ transportation to/from the workshop location, hotel accommodations, training experience, and meals. Learn more about the AICPA Foundation.


Stay tuned for more information on the 2023 application deadlines, workshop dates, and workshop location!


Number of Recipients: 100


Sponsor: AICPA Foundation


CLICK HERE to learn more!


Contact with any questions regarding the Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop.


The COCPA Student Alliance

A group designed to help Colorado accounting students navigate their educational and professional journey by providing meetings, resources, networking events, and volunteer opportunities.

Meetings will include guest speakers, support from peers, connections in the field, knowledge sharing, CPA Exam study tips, assistance with the COCPA Career Center, resumes and cover letters, and more!

Students interested in joining: Please contact Abbey Aguirre, Student, Faculty, and Young Professionals Engagement Representative, at or (303) 741-8623.

CPA Exam Resources

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  6. Fastforward Academy: exam-sitting requirements, licensure requirements, and contact information for the Colorado State Board of Accountancy



Opportunities for CPAs

Is your idea of being a CPA preparing tax returns, doing an audit, sitting in a room by yourself? Think again. Becoming a CPA offers a wide variety of experiences, and career paths. Depending on your interests, your CPA license prepares you for exciting opportunities today and into the future.

Assurance Services

Think of a hot growth area in the economy and you will find a need for Assurance Services. Electronic commerce, risk management, and elder care are just a few areas where CPAs use their analytical and information processing skills to ensure and improve the quality of information for decision-makers.

Consulting Services

CPAs are engaged by individuals, businesses, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to provide objective advice and technical assistance on a variety of business and financial situations.

Environmental CPAs

As businesses take a greater interest in the environment, CPAs are now involved in everything from performing environmental compliance audits, to handling claims and disputes, to setting up preventative systems to ensure compliance and to avoid future claims and disputes.

Forensic Accounting

Forensic accountants look beyond the surface of accounting records to determine if fraud has been committed and search for evidence of criminal conduct. Forensic accountants also often assist legal professionals in the litigation process.

Government CPAs

All levels of government—local, state, and national—have CPAs at the helm. Many work in the U.S. General Accounting Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Colorado State Auditor’s Office, and in many local governments.

information technology
Information Technology Services

The growth in information technology has created numerous job opportunities for accounting professionals with strong computer skills who can design and implement advanced systems to meet an organization’s specialized needs.

International Accounting

As business has become more global, cross-border transactions have become more commonplace. This has created a need for accountants possessing a knowledge and understanding of international trade rules, government regulations, and tax laws.

Management CPAs

Also called industrial, corporate, or private accountants, these individuals record and analyze the financial information of the companies for which they work. Other responsibilities include budgeting, performance evaluation, cost management, asset management, and strategic planning. Many CPAs run both large and small companies.

Non-Profit CPAs

CPAs are asked to direct all the financial operations of the non-profit. Non-profits either hire or contract with CPAs to handle all the accounting-related issues and audits.

CPAs in Public Practice

Public accountants perform a broad range of accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting activities for their clients, who may be small and large companies, governments, nonprofit organizations, and a wide variety of other entities and individuals.

Tax and Financial Planning

CPAs offer financial planning assistance to individuals, companies, and organizations. They may identify financial objectives and counsel on the risk, liquidity and management, and tax characteristics of investments. As tax and financial planning specialists, CPAs are involved in everything from preparing tax returns, to helping restructure a multinational corporation’s investment portfolio to minimize its tax liability.

Valuation Services

Determining the fair value of personal or public property, a business, or net assets is very complex. CPAs who provide valuation services deal with these issues in order to provide independent and accurate conclusions. This information can be used for mergers and acquisitions, real estate, divorce settlements, and a plethora of other transactions.