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 Exploratory (ACE) Leadership Program; 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 250 scholarships to college students, ranging from $2,500 - $10,000 and totaling more than over $1,000,000;
    • The Educational Foundation has supported the participation of more than 500 underrepresented high schools students in the MSCPA's college and career readiness programs; and
      • The Educational Foundation has sponsored training's for high school educators and the development of accounting-focused early college academies.




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

To meet our 2020 scholarship recipients, click here

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 Exploratory (ACE) Leadership Program: The ACE Leadership Program (formerly known as ACAP) is a free one-week, non-residency college and career readiness program for underrepresented high school students who are interested in learning more about a career in accounting and business. The program offers a diverse set of learning experiences including panel discussions, interactive exercises, field trips and guest lectures from area business and government professionals. The program is designed to be fun, challenging and engaging. Students explore, network and increase their understanding about college and the business world while making new friends and developing interpersonal skills in a real-life college setting. 

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

2020-2021 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 US LLP
  • Robert S. Miller, CPA, CFE - Stone & Company, LLC
  • George R. Neble, CPA - AVALT
  • Mark W. Nichols, CPA, MBA, MST - Nichols & Company, 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

2020 Scholarship Selection Committee

  • Nadia Boga - tonneson + co
  • Julie Chasse, CPA - Northeastern University
  • Marquis Cooper - Chase Corporation
  • Shanikwa D. Davis, CPA - S. Davis Tax Consultants
  • Colby Doody, CPA - Nichols & Company, CPA, PC
  • Mindy Eichler - BDO USA, LLP
  • Molly Griffiths - RSM
  • Mary-Joan Pelletier Potvin, CPA, CGMA - Merrimack College
  • Amy K. Phelan, CPA - tonneson + co
  • Beth A. Reagan - CBIZ MHM