Accounting Education Foundation

For more than 50 years Texas CPAs have generously funded the TXCPA Accounting Education Foundation’s mission to position students, educators and professionals for success in an evolving and diverse accounting profession through education, career awareness, and support services. The Foundation accomplishes its goals by awarding scholarships to Texas students and recognizing outstanding Texas educators.

Your tax deductible contribution provides the funding that supports these opportunities to invest in the future of the accounting profession. This is the time to help ensure that your firm or business has the workforce it needs in the coming years.



The generosity of Texas CPAs allows the Foundation to fund scholarships to Texas college students. Recipients are accounting majors at a Texas college or university and have the intent of becoming a Texas Certified Public Accountant and entering the accounting profession upon graduation. They must have a high cumulative college GPA and perform well in accounting classes. Recipients receive $2,500 for the academic year.

2022-2023 RECIPIENTS

To be considered for an Accounting Education Foundation scholarship, a student must:

  • Attend an eligible college or university in Texas and be nominated by the chairperson of the accounting department of that school.
  • Be an accounting major with the intent of becoming a Texas Certified Public Accountant and entering the accounting profession upon graduation. The student is expected to be enrolled as a full-time college student (at least 12 semester credit hours each semester for undergraduate students/at least 9 semester credit hours each semester for graduate students).
  • Have satisfactorily completed at least 110 semester credit hours of college-level courses by August 31 of the year of application and graduate no earlier than spring semester of the same year.
  • Have completed 21 semester credit hours of accounting courses required of accounting majors with a grade of B or better in each course by August 31 of the application year.
  • Have an Accounting GPA of 3.6 or more on a 4.0 scale.
  • File an Application of Intent to sit for the CPA Exam with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.


Accounting Excellence Award

Awarded since 1969, the Accounting Excellence Award bestows honor to an outstanding accounting student at Texas colleges and universities participating in the programs of the Accounting Education Foundation.


Every recipient has his or her name and year engraved on an individual plate for the permanent Accounting Excellence Award plaque at their school. In addition, an individual recognition plaque is presented to the recipient at the local TXCPA chapter meeting. This ceremony gives the recipient a chance to meet working CPAs in the vicinity and allows these CPAs the opportunity to congratulate and encourage the award winner.  


Accounting Education Foundation Board of Directors

Gary McIntosh - President
Michael Brown
Celina Cereceres
Lucas LaChance
Tram Le 
Mark Lee

Tracie Miller
Marshall Pitman
Blake Rodgers
Kathryn Sharp
Walter Stock

“While facing tuition for my grad school that was almost double that of my undergraduate studies, the Accounting Education Foundation scholarship made such a big difference.”
- Kim Crawford, CPA-Fort Worth and Partner In Charge for the TXCPA annual audit

”Becoming a CPA has been one of the best, most rewarding decisions I ever made, and I can’t thank the past benefactors of the TXCPA Accounting Education Foundation Scholarship enough for the opportunities their scholarship provided me. All I can do is pay it forward, give future CPAs the same helping hand I was given, and encourage others to do the same.”
- Charlotte Jungen, CPA, CFP and Accounting Education Foundation Trustee

“Thanks to your generous support, I am one step closer to becoming the first in my family to attain a college degree.”
- Heather Finley, 5th year accounting student @ the University of North Texas

“Your scholarship came at the point in my degree plan when I was in much need of the funds and you made it possible to complete my Master’s degree.”
- Sarah Gauteson, 5th year accounting student @ Sam Houston State University



New Scholarship Established

In memory and honor of Kelly Hunter, CPA and dedicated leader in TXCPA and TXCPA Houston, the TXCPA Accounting Education Foundation (AEF) has established the Kelly Hunter Memorial Scholarship. Find out more.


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