The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) is celebrating Certified Public Accountants Week (Nov. 5 – Nov. 11) by focusing on the profession’s work to protect the financial health of residents and businesses and by promoting career opportunities within the field to students.
CPA Week was initiated to create awareness of the exemplary role that CPAs play in society, said Aiysha (AJ) Johnson, MA, IOM, CEO and executive director at the NJCPA.
“Having this designated week reminds the general public what CPAs bring to New Jersey businesses, roundtables, boardrooms and the community every day,” Johnson said. “It also serves to make students aware of the tremendous job opportunities available to accountants.”
The Society’s CPA Week also coincides with its Career Awareness program, which launches every fall. Under the program, NJCPA members visit nearly 100 high schools across the state to educate and inform students about careers in accounting and becoming CPAs.
Career Awareness presentations provide information on the many scholarship opportunities available through the NJCPA Scholarship Fund, which awards $1,500 scholarships to college-bound New Jersey high school seniors who intend to major in accounting or obtain a concentration in accounting.
The fund also awards scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $6,500 to accounting students at New Jersey colleges or universities who are currently in their sophomore or junior year or in their senior year and entering an accounting-related graduate program.
More than $220,000 in scholarships were awarded in 2023 to over 50 high school and college students.
To help reduce the burden of taking and preparing for the CPA exam, the NJCPA also awards 10 of its members with $750 each towards their CPA exam fees. Chosen at random, the winners are either student or CPA members of the NJCPA.