Educational Foundation

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Support the future of the accounting profession! 100% of your donation will help fund the initiatives of the MSCPA's Educational Foundation.

The Foundation

  • Is entirely funded by donations from our members;
  • Funds scholarships for undergraduate and graduate accounting students in and from Massachusetts and CPA Exam lottery vouchers;
  • Supports college and career readiness programs such as Careers in Accounting and Management Professions (C.A.M.P.) program and Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP); and
  • Supports educational opportunities for students and educators, such as teacher training programs for the Accounting Program for Building the Profession (APBP) advanced accounting course and the Early College High School program in Accounting. 

Our Impact

The Educational Foundation has impacted hundreds of lives since it started in 2006.

  • The Educational Foundation has awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships to college accounting students;
  • The Educational Foundation has given out 236 scholarships to future CPAs. The average scholarship is $2,500; and
  • Over 400 students have participated in the C.A.M.P. program since its inception.



To learn more about the Foundation or the Society’s student recruitment efforts, contact Erica DeBiase at 617.303.2403 or

The mission of the MSCPA’s Educational Foundation is to inspire and support the next generation of CPAs in Massachusetts. The information below outlines our efforts to deliver on our mission and fuel the accounting pipeline in Massachusetts and beyond. Thank you to our generous contributors for making these programs possible!

Educational Foundation Initiatives

Scholarship Program

The MSCPA’s Scholarship Program provides scholarships and CPA Exam vouchers to worthy accounting students in Massachusetts. The program is funded entirely from donations to the MSCPA’s Educational Foundation. The Foundation has awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships to worthy accounting students since 2006! For more information on the scholarship program, and to make a donation, please visit

College and Career Readiness Programs

Careers in Accounting and Management Professions (C.A.M.P.): C.A.M.P. is a week-long residential summer program hosted by the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and sponsored in part by the MSCPA Educational Foundation. The program features business-focused workshops, skill-building activities and field trips, and is designed to motivate underrepresented high school students to pursue collegiate majors, and ultimately careers in accounting and other business areas.

Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP): The MSCPA Educational Foundation sponsors two week-long, non-residential ACAP programs at Fisher College in downtown Boston in partnership with the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA). These programs, which aim to increase awareness of accounting and business career opportunities among high school students from underrepresented ethic groups, introduce students to accounting, finance, economics and management through a series of skill-building activities and workshops delivered by faculty and guest lecturers from business and government. During the week, students attend sessions on careers in accounting and business, personal development and college preparation and tour college campuses, local companies and CPA firms.

Educational Opportunities for Students and Educators

Accounting Program for Building the Profession (APBP): The APBP advanced accounting course is a rigorous college-level experience in the fundamentals of financial and managerial accounting. Students who excel in the course, which is owned by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), will receive college credit at participating universities. The MSCPA periodically hosts a summer training program, in coordination with the AICPA, for high school educators who are interested in teaching the course. If you would like to participate in a training or if you need more information, please contact Erica DeBiase at

Early College High School Academy: The MSCPA launched an early college high school pilot academy in partnership with the NAF, Haverhill High School and the University of Massachusetts Lowell in September 2018. The academy is a four-course track that will allow Haverhill High School students to earn up to 12 college credits at UMass Lowell. The curriculum includes the APBP advanced accounting course, AP microeconomics, AP statistics and principles of information technology. In addition to studying career-focused curriculum and working on collaborative projects, students who join the academy will gain critical career knowledge through a series of work-based learning activities both inside and outside of the classroom. These activities include job shadowing, mock interviews and résumé writing workshops, culminating with a paid internship. The educator training and other startup costs for the pilot program have been fully funded by the MSCPA Educational Foundation. For more information, click here.

The MSCPA plans to scale this program to high schools across the state in the future.

About Us

2019-2020 Educational Foundation Board of Directors

  • Shanikwa D. Davis, CPA - S. Davis Tax Consultants
  • David M. Desmarais, CPA - KLR
  • Santiago A. Fernandez-Suarez, CPA - Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Yarice Hidalgo - ALPFA Boston
  • William D. Mahoney CPA, CGMA - Edelstein & Company LLP
  • John M. Micalizzi - RSM
  • Robert S. Miller, CPA, CFE - Stone & Company, LLC
  • George R. Neble, CPA - AVALT
  • Mark W. Nichols, CPA, MBA, MST - Mark W. Nichols, CPA, PC
  • Ike Okonkwo - NABA Boston
  • Mary-Joan Pelletier Potvin, CPA, CGMA - Merrimack College
  • Amy K. Phelan, CPA - tonneson + co
  • Amy A. Pitter - Massachusetts Society of CPAs, Inc.
  • Michael J. Poirier, CPA, CGMA - BDO USA, LLP
  • Kathryn A. Polak,CPA, CGMA - Radius
  • Kerry A. Stakem - PwC

2019 Scholarship Selection Committee

  • Molly Griffiths - RSM
  • Amy K. Phelan, CPA - tonneson + co
  • Michael J. Poirier, CPA, CGMA - BDO USA, LLP
  • Mary-Joan Pelletier Potvin, CPA, CGMA - Merrimack College
  • Beth A. Reagan - CBIZ MHM
  • Shanikwa D. Davis, CPA - S. Davis Tax Consultants