The Educational Foundation of the Kentucky Society of CPAs

Our Mission: 

The Educational Foundation of the Kentucky Society of CPAs (KyCPA) is dedicated to enhancing the numbers of college degrees in Kentucky, expanding the pipeline of financial professionals in the business marketplace, improving the financial literacy of Kentucky's youth and revealing to students the boundless career opportunities open to those who pursue an accounting degree. Donate today.

Our Structure:

The Educational Foundation of the KyCPA is organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes and is a 501(c)3.  It is governed by no less than nine Trustees. These Trustees are responsible for all fiduciary decisions of the Foundation and have been charged with the task of creating a workable Investment Policy to govern the donations given by individuals, firms and companies. 

College Scholarships

Since 1988, the Foundation has provided scholarships in amounts from $1,000 to $2,500. The scholarships recognize scholastic achievement and leadership qualities in students who plan to become CPAs. Scholarship awards are based on acceptable academic performance and financial need. If you are an outstanding accounting student attending a Kentucky college or university and a U.S. citizen, you are eligible to apply for a college scholarship from the Educational Foundation of the KyCPA.

2014 Scholarship Recipients

The Educational Foundation of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants (KyCPA) has awarded $50,000 in scholarships to college students studying accounting on behalf of the Foundation and other benefactors. Scholarships were awarded to students who met academic as well as financial need criteria set forth by the Educational Foundation of the Kentucky Society of CPAs, which awards the non-profit organization’s scholarships annually.

John Brown Scholars from Bellarmine University
Molly Badgett of Louisville
Sean Brohman of Prospect
Matthew Hovekamp of Louisville
Caroline Link of Crestwood
Grant Snell of Louisville

John Brown Scholars from the University of Louisville
Holly Abbott of Charlestown, Ind.
Austin Christie of Louisville
Austin Fox of Louisville
Aaron Wilson of Louisville

Baldwin CPAs Scholarship

Sierra Arens of West Chester, OH; Thomas More College

BKD True Expertise Accounting Scholarship

Sarah Drake of Tell City, IN; University of Louisville

Brown-Forman Diversity Scholarship

JeLisa Smallwood of Winston-Salem, NC; Berea College
Cinnamon Weakley of Louisville; University of Louisville

William J. Caldwell Scholarship

Samantha Cecil of Livermore; Kentucky Wesleyan College

Dave Calzi Scholarship
Mackenzie Sunderlin of Bowling Green; University of Kentucky

Crowe Horwath Scholarship
Tyler Roberts of Lexington; Transylvania University

Dean Dorton Scholarship
Brittany Neaves of Mt. Sterling; Eastern Kentucky University

Deming Malone Livesay & Ostroff Scholarship
Maria Puche of Louisville; University of Louisville

The Educational Foundation of the Kentucky Society of CPAs Scholarships
Sayrah Jones of Bowling Green; Western Kentucky University
Susanna Byler of Bowling Green; Western Kentucky University

Ernst & Young Scholarship
Samuel Shearer of Winchester; Eastern Kentucky University

Freibert Bigg Scholarship

Ryan Lane of Louisville; Bellarmine University

Gordon Ford Memorial Scholarship
Lauren Heeman of Ft. Thomas; University of Louisville

Henderman Jessee & Co. Scholarship
Matthew Maher of Corbin; University of the Cumberlands

Kelley Galloway & Co. Scholarship

Laura Brock of London; University of the Cumberlands

Mountjoy Chilton Medley Scholarship
Brittany Sims of Harrodsburg; Georgetown College

National Insurance Agency Scholarship

Deborah Lindquist of Louisville; Spalding University

Neace Lukens Scholarship

Kamon Riley of Foster; Morehead State University

Papa John’s Scholarship
Sayrah Jones of Bowling Green; Western Kentucky University

Patterson & Company PLLC Scholarship
Daniel Toth of Saint Charles, IL; University of the Cumberlands

PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship

Ashton Crawford of Edgewood; Thomas More College

Louis T. Roth Memorial Scholarship
Fahira Mehmedovic of Louisville; Bellarmine University

Strothman & Company Accounting Scholarship
Alexis Stover of Clarksville, OH; Bellarmine University

UK/KyCPA-Deloitte Scholarship
Aleksey Graboviy of Prospect; University of Kentucky
Jacob Persky of Munster, IN; University of Kentucky

Brandon Lloyd Warden Memorial Scholarship
Adam Reynolds of Newport, Northern Kentucky University

Applications for a 2015 scholarship accepted Dec. 1 2014 - Feb. 9, 2015

Brown-Forman Corporation is offering two scholarships and two full-time, paid summer internships for Black/African American students. Please indicate your interest in the area provided on the application form. Scholarship winners will be notified by March 31. The scholarships will be presented at the Kentucky Society of CPAs Awards Banquet in late April 2015.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a Kentucky-based college or university and be at least a sophomore at the time of application,
  • Be a U.S. citizen,
  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 2.75 and an accounting grade point average of 3.0,
  • Have completed Principles of Accounting, 
  • Have completed or are enrolled in Intermediate Accounting,
  • Indicate plans to sit for the CPA exam (applicants who have completed all or parts of the exam are also eligible),
  • Intend to stay and work/live in Kentucky upon graduation,
  • If selected, recipient needs to agree to submit an application for student membership for the KyCPA before the scholarship is awarded. 

To apply for a scholarship, applicants should complete the online application form and submit the following no later than Feb. 9, 2015:

  • KyCPA Scholarship Application (applications accepted Dec. 1, 2014 - Feb. 9, 2015)
  • College transcript(s) (Transcript from school website acceptable). Submit in .pdf format.
  • A one-page resume. Submit in .pdf format.
  • A one-page essay stating career goals, reasons for choosing accounting, how you are financing your education and why you should receive this scholarship. Submit in .pdf format.
  • Two recommendations, one of which must be from an accounting faculty member. Submit in .pdf format.

Submitting college transcript(s), resumes, one-page essay and two recommendations:

  • E-mail all documents in a .pdf format to Vicki Blair at:
  • E-mail Subject Line should read:  Scholarship Documents:  Your First and Last Name
  • Recommendations submitted separately: Follow up to make sure recommendations are submitted by Feb.9 in a .pdf format to


Contact Vicki Blair at or 502.266.5272  or 800.292.1754 (toll-free in Ky.)

 American Institute of CPAs Scholarships

Students can also apply for AICPA scholarships at ThisWaytoCPA. The deadline is April 1.


CPA...three letters, a million possibilities. 

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