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Future accountants offered scholarship

COAST CITIES — College-bound accounting students can now apply for a National Society of Accountants (NSA) scholarship from the NSA Foundation.

The Foundation awards scholarships to undergraduates who are U.S. or Canadian citizens majoring in accounting at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States. Since its formation in 1969, the NSA Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $1 million to dedicated students pursuing a career in the accounting profession. Scholarship applications are due March 31, 2014. To apply, review application guidelines and for additional information go to

“We need more accountants to meet increasing demand,” said NSA Scholarship Foundation Chairman Matthew C. Lewis. “So our foundation is pleased to assist dedicated students who are committed to a career in accounting by providing financial assistance to support their education.”

Applicants for awards are judged on the basis of scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors and work experience. Applicants must have a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better grade-point average. Scholarships typically range from $500 to $2,000 and 30 or more scholarships are awarded each year.

For students nearing graduation or new to the accounting profession, the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation, which is affiliated with NSA, offers an Accredited Business Accountant credential. No experience is required to take the ACAT Comprehensive Examination that leads to the ABA credential. In addition to passing the exam, two years of college-level accounting and one year of accounting experience are required to earn the credential. Learn more at