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Department of Accounting & Finance

AICPA William (Bill) Ezzell Scholarship

Bill Ezzell was an advocate for students on the pathway to becoming a CPA and the educators who taught them. He believed that the best way to encourage the next generation of CPAs was to put educators in the classroom with relevant and recent real-world experience. The AICPA Foundation created the William (Bill) Ezzell Scholarship to honor his passion and continue his legacy by providing financial assistance to CPAs pursuing their Ph.D.

The scholarship provides an annual, one-time award of $10,000 to five outstanding accounting Ph.D. candidates who demonstrate significant potential to become mentors for the next generation of CPAs.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • CPA required
  • Have a minimum three years of professional accounting experience
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder)
  • Earned an undergraduate or a master's degree in accounting
  • Either:
    1. Have a GMAT score of 650 or higher (must be less than 5 years old)
    2. Be in good standing within current Ph.D. program
  • Intend to teach and research at a U.S. AACSB accredited university upon graduation
  • Have either:
    1. Applied to a full-time accounting Ph.D. program and awaiting word on acceptance
    2. Received acceptance into a full-time accounting Ph.D. program
    3. Matriculated in a full-time doctoral accounting program and pursuing appropriate coursework

NOTE: Association, AICPA and CIMA staff and their family members are not eligible to receive this scholarship.

Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 2019.

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To Make a Contribution:
If you would like to make a donation to support the scholarship, please send a check* to:
AICPA Foundation
220 Leigh Farm Road
Durham, NC 27717
*Please make your check payable to the AICPA Foundation and note in the memo line or an attached letter that the donation is for the Bill Ezzell Scholarship Fund. At this time, we are unable to accept designated gifts online or over the phone.