Get a head start on your career and join SCACPA as a Student Member for FREE! You can earn tuition scholarships, take advantage of exam prep programs, and network with Fellow members in your local area! Did we mention student membership is FREE?

Student Membership Application

Why Join as a Student Member? 

Each year SCACPA awards tens of thousands of dollars to students at South Carolina colleges and universities.  The application period will kick off soon and run through May 31.  Scroll down to learn more 

SCACPA Student Members are eligible for discounts on multiple CPA Exam prep bundles! In addition to the discounts you see below, some of our partners offer a FULL exam prep course scholarship. Your complementary SCACPA Student Membership could save you thousands in CPA Exam Prep costs.  


Email us at for your membership discount code.

A significant benefit of SCACPA’s Student Membership is that upon joining you will automatically become a member of one of our eight local chapters. Our chapter officers work hard throughout the year to create professional and social events that will benefit youCheck out upcoming events here!  

SCACPA Scholarships

We have many opportunities for qualified accounting students to receive financial help. Higher education can be a financial burden and we want to do everything we can to help put you on the right track to take the CPA exam after graduation.

These awards are intended for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Scholarship amounts usually range from $500 to $2,500. The number to be awarded each year depends upon the qualifications of the applicants and available funds. If you have scholarship questions, please email

We will start accepting applications soon! Join as a FREE Student Member to get in the know!

  • Attending a college or university in South Carolina
  • Rising junior or senior majoring in accounting (or Master’s Degree student) at a South Carolina college or university
  • Full-time student
  • At least one class in intermediate accounting or the equivalent
  • GPA of no less than 3.25 overall
  • GPA in accounting no less than 3.5
  • College transcripts (Must be reconciled with transcripts from all institutions attended)
  • List scholarships, awards, and/or grants with amounts of each for this academic year (Indicate if none, attach sheet if necessary)
  • Two letters of reference (preferably professional, if available)
  • Resume
  • Essay on your personal career goals in 250 words or less
  • Certification from the Head of the Accounting School that you are an accounting major, or will be an accounting major, and that you are a rising junior, senior, or graduate student
  • If transferring, letter of acceptance from new school
  • A copy of your driver’s license or a state-issued ID card

2020-21 Scholarships

  • Lollie Harper Scholarship
  • Past Presidents Scholarship
  • Joe Jackson Memorial Scholarship
  • John S. Herin Scholarship
  • SCACPA Scholarship

CPA Exam

Obtaining your CPA license can open the door to more promotions, and managerial opportunities. On average CPAs make 15% more in salary than an Accounting graduate. CPA is the gold standard among accounting professionals, and highly desired by employers. There is a tremendous demand for accounting, tax, and assurance services. Technology has made it easier to preform all the traditional accounting service and enabled all sorts of new, more valuable and more interesting new services.

For more information on the CPA exam, here’s the AICPA’s exam booklet.

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • 24 semester hours of accounting
  • 24 semester hours of business-related subjects
  • 150 total semester hours
  • 36 semester hours of accounting (24 upper-level)
  • 36 semester hours of business-related subjects
  • Pass the CPA Exam and an ethics exam
  • One year of work experience
  • Good moral character

The Audit & Attestation section of the exam covers: Planning engagement, internal controls, obtaining document information, reviewing and evaluating information, communications

  • Section Time: 4 Hours
  • Multiple Choice Questions: 72
  • Task based Simulations: 8
  • Written Communications: 0

The Business Environment & Concepts section of the exam covers: Economic concepts, financial management, information systems and communications, operations management, corporate governance

  • Section Time: 4 Hours
  • Multiple Choice Questions: 62
  • Task based Simulations: 4
  • Written Communications: 3

The Financial Accounting & Reporting section of the exam covers: Financial statements, types of transactions, governmental accounting, not-for-profit accounting

  • Section Time: 4 Hours
  • Multiple Choice Questions: 66
  • Task based Simulations: 8
  • Written Communications: 0

The Regulation section of the exam covers: Federal taxation, business law, ethics, professional responsibility

  • Section Time: 4 Hours
  • Multiple Choice Questions: 76
  • Task based Simulations: 8
  • Written Communications: 0

What your peers are saying

I will be attending Clemson University’s MPAcc program this fall. I have just finished my third public accounting internship and am very grateful for all the  opportunities I have been presented with and the wonderful people I have met as a result of my career choice. SCACPA has aided me in my journey to becoming a CPA, and I hope to do the same for aspiring students like myself one day!

Suraj Vytla, Clemson University

I needed to take an online class this summer to be able to graduate on time in Spring 2019, and this scholarship allowed me to take it. I very much want to thank everyone who funds this scholarship, and I want to remind them of what a huge difference it can make in a student’s life. I am a senior accounting major who already has a job with a Big Four public Accounting firm, KPMG.

Grace Fryml, Bob Jones University