National Scholarship Program



Since its inception, NABA, Inc. has provided more than $11.2 million in scholarship funds to deserving students preparing to enter various accounting, finance and business professions. In the past two fiscal years (FY2019 and FY2020), NABA awarded over $347,000 and the amount continues to grow annually. Through the generous contributions of individuals, groups, and organizations that share NABA's desire to break through the economic barriers students of color often experience, NABA offers an average of 50 national scholarships annually ranging from $1,500 - $5,000.

Congratulations to the 2020 Scholarship Recipients, that were honored at the NABA National Convention.

"NABA has really been the lifeblood a lot of times of my career, so if it wasn't for participating as well as winning the scholarship and having the opportunity to go to the student conferences and network and meet these professionals my career would not be - I wouldn't even know where I would be." 

Kristina Williams, former NABA Scholarship recipient. 


Below is a list of scholarships that NABA offers: 

Scholarship Type Award Amounts  
NABA National Scholarship Program $1,500  
*Corporate Partner Scholarships  Starting at $2,500
NABA Member Scholarship Awards $1,500 to $3,000
CPA Exam Reviews NOTE: the CPA Exam Review Scholarships are a credit for free or discounted review courses and are not paid to the students in cash.


*The minimum amount is $2,500 plus a 20% administrative fee used to process and match the scholarship dollars. Administrative fees will be deducted from your contribution if not reflected in the total amount.


NABA National Scholarship Program

The 2021 National Scholarship Program application period will close on January 31, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST.  

Access the Online National Scholarship Application.  

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible to receive an award:

  1. Must of Black or African American Heritage (including but not limited to African, Caribbean, etc.)
  2. Must be an ACTIVE* NABA student member**, whose membership dues have been received by NABA's National Headquarters no later than December 31, 2020
  3. Must be currently enrolled at a four-year United States college or university as a full-time (12 semester hours or equivalent) undergraduate student (freshman, sophomore, junior, or first-year senior) majoring in accounting, finance, or business major, or they may be a full-time graduate student (9 semester hours or equivalent) enrolled or accepted into a masters-level business program.
  4. Must meet the minimum required grade point average* of 3.5 in your major and 3.3 overall. * Please provide conversion of your grades to the "4.0 grading scale" if your college or university does not use this scale.

* If you are unsure of your status, please call NABA Member Services (240-542-5000) prior to the deadline.
** Once becoming a professional member, you are not permitted to return to student status, regardless of the circumstances. Graduate students must have entered graduate school immediately following receipt of their undergraduate degree in order to maintain student status and eligibility for a scholarship.

Online Instructions and Application.


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