Congratulations to the students who were selected as 2011-12 AICPA Scholarship Round 2 applicants! I’ve received a lot of great questions regarding the next application steps. Below are answers to some of your most common inquiries:
Can I submit a copy of my GMAT scores?If you have taken the GMAT and want the task force to review your scores, please send us a COPY of your GMAT scores.
To whom should my recommendation letters be addressed?Letters do not have to be addressed to anyone in particular; however, they are usually addressed to the “AICPA Scholarship Task Force.”
Can my recommendation letters be sent separately from my other materials?Whichever way is more convenient: recommendation letters can be mailed with your other application materials or not. If the reference prefers to send the letter directly to us, that’s no problem. Carey applicants ONLY: your references do NOT have to be from a either CPA or faculty member. (The information on your Round 2 notification email was incorrect.)
How should I send my recommendation letters (fax, email, etc.)?Letters should be sent via regular mail to the following address:AICPA Scholarship Programs220 Leigh Farm Rd.Durham, NC 27707
In special circumstances, we will accept recommendation letters by email or fax; however, our preference is to receive recommendation letters via regular mail.
Anything else about recommendation letters?Actually, yes. :) Letters should be signed and written on letterhead stationery. They should be sent to us in a sealed envelope.
Past AICPA Scholarship Application MaterialsYou can use last year's materials for your 2011-12 application. To do so, please attach a note in your application packet stating the following information:1) Name of previous AICPA scholarship program to which you applied (if you know it--last year was a long time ago)2) Which materials you want to use (transcript(s); GMAT score; recommendation letters, etc.)
If you have questions about who wrote your recommendation letters, etc. email me (email@example.com) and we’ll coordinate off-line.
If you have questions about other scholarship-related stuff, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANKS SO MUCH for all of your work and good luck!
Elizabeth, AICPA Scholarship Programs Coordinator
I’ve continued to receive great questions about the Round 2 application process. Here is one:
Q: My reference asked what to write in my recommendation letter. What do you suggest?
A: Because the person writing a reference letter can vary so greatly (faculty, co-worker, etc.) we don’t have specific guidelines on what a recommendation letter should include. Remember that who writes your recommendation letter affects what s/he writes (i.e., a professor usually won’t be able to discuss your professional work, etc.)
1) First, explain to him/her what the AICPA scholarship program is about. It may help if you provide a link to the program website (community.thiswaytocpa.com/.../default.aspx)
2) Next, provide a copy of your resume to him/her to use as reference
3) Lastly, if you know that your person has a busy schedule or could use some pointers, here are a few ideas of what to include:
• In what way do you know the applicant and for how long have you known each other?
• Provide examples of how applicant has demonstrated leadership (volunteer, communication, campus involvements, etc.)
• Describe why you think this student will make a great scholarship recipient and CPA. (e.g., are there ways that the student has shown s/he is committed to becoming a CPA?)
Please note that these are only ideas: the content that goes in recommendation letters is ultimately up to the person who writes them.
Yes, thank you for providing us with more information. I am very excited to have advanced to round two in the application process!
I do have a question though. As far as providing a list of scholarship or grant information... should this be an official document obtained from our school or are you looking for a word document with a current list?
Thanks for the great question! The scholarship/grant information doesn't need to be anything official--you can just type a quick note on a word document and send it in. (also no need to include information on your FAFSA loans)
Should official transcripts be sent directly from schools or should the sealed transcripts be bundled together with the other application materials I am sending out.
If you've already requested the school to send your transcripts to us, that's no problem. However, we prefer to have the materials bundled with the rest of your application materials.
Note--students who send their materials individually will NOT be penalized--it just makes it easier for us from an efficiency perspective.
If we are submitting materials to be considered for multiple scholarships, is one copy of all the materials sufficient? Or should we submit two separate but identical sets, one for each scholarship we are applying for? Thanks for the clarification!
Anita M. Smith
Anita, If you are selected for round two of multiple scholarships, you can use the same documents for both scholarships. This information is included in the email that we received when we were chosen for round 2.
The 2nd round email did say to "use the same documentation materials (e.g. transcripts, recommendation letters, etc.) for all programs." However, I wasn't sure whether that meant to send multiple sets of the same documentation (one for each scholarship) or that 1 set of materials would suffice for all. Thanks for the clarification!
Yes, Renier is correct--one set up of documents is all you'll need to provide. We'll take care of making copies if you're applying to several scholarships.
Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!
1. Do you have a final date in which the finalists will be notified if they have received a scholarship? If so, when is the date?
2. For the finalists who are not awarded a scholarship, will they also be notified?
Hi there! Yes, all applicants (including both recipients and non-recipients) will be notified by email no later than August 1.
If you do not receive a notification by Aug 1, please email me at email@example.com.
Thanks for the question and good luck!
Hi! One of the individuals that I listed and asked to write a recommendation is abroad. for the next few weeks. He might have the ability to write it from this location, but I am worried that he will not. Can I ask another person to write and send in a recommendation just in case?
Hi there and thanks for your post!
The online reference letter upload is a new feature for us so we're still working out a few kinks. :)
Here's my recommendation, bkincaid:
1) Email your professor abroad to see if s/he is responding to email. Tell them you applied for an AICPA scholarship and want to know if they received an email from the AICPA asking for a recommendation letter.
2) If you haven't heard anything by Friday, 4/27, you can make the executive decision that someone else will write your reference letter.
3) Send the name and email of your new reference to "firstname.lastname@example.org" and we'll take care of it.
*Note that we can only allow applicants to trade references if there is no way humanly possible their reference can upload the letter. (ok, I'm exagerating a bit but you get the picture)
Thanks for testing out our fun new reference letter feature with us in 2012-13!
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