CPA PEP Scholarships

The CPA Education Foundation is proud to offer scholarships for students enrolled in the CPA Professional Education Program. We know that students are faced with many stressors on the path to becoming a CPA, and at this career-building time in your life, education costs should not be one of them. Let us support you as you forge your path as a CPA.

Value: $3,500
Application deadline: February 28, 2020

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One award is granted annually to one (1) CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) Candidate who has secured and begun training as a designated accountant in a public practice setting. Selection is based on involvement in volunteer activities, satisfactory performance in CPA PEP modules and training, and an expressed interest in pursuing a professional accounting designation.

Applicants/nominators must:

  • submit one application letter on why applicant/nominee should be considered for the award, indicating financial need, and demonstrating express interest of applicant/nominee in pursuing a professional accounting designation;
  • provide proof of enrollment of applicant/nominee in the CPA PEP program;
  • demonstrate satisfactory academic standing of applicant/nominee in the PEP program;
  • provide proof of applicant’s/nominee’s employment in a training position in public practice; and
  • submit at least one nomination letter to support that the applicant/nominee has demonstrated involvement in volunteer activities.

The Bentley Awards are funded by two distinguished Albertans who have dedicated much of their lives to serving non-profit entities and the accounting profession.

David DeWolfe Bentley FCA began his accounting career articling with Winspear Hamilton Anderson in Edmonton. He was Managing Partner at Winspear Higgins Stevenson and Doane in Edmonton from 1975-1980, and Managing Partner at Deloitte Haskins and Sells in Edmonton from 1980-84 after the merger of Winspear and Deloitte firms. Throughout his career, Mr. Bentley has been actively involved in the accounting profession. He served as a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) Council from 1967-72, President of the ICAA from 1971-72, and an Alberta Member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Council from 1974-76. Mr. Bentley was recognized for his contributions to the accounting profession and to the community in 1973 when he received his FCA designation.

Mr. Bentley has been an enthusiastic volunteer with Edmonton's Citadel Theatre for 50 years. Beginning as a founding member of the Board in 1965, Mr. Bentley has succeeded in the roles of Treasurer, President of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Board of Governors, and now as a member of the Board of Governors, as the Citadel celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2015.

Janet Bentley graduated from the University of Alberta in Arts and has served on the University’s Senate and Board of Governors. She was the first female member of the Banff School of Advanced Management Board of Governors. Mrs. Bentley has had major roles in many volunteer organizations, including the Citadel Theatre, the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Junior League. In 1987, the Bentley's established a Doctoral Fellowship in their names at the University of Alberta School of Business.

How to Apply

Value:$1,000
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

Awarded annually to a CPA student who resides and works north of Red Deer (outside the greater Edmonton area), has demonstrated consistent superior academic achievement throughout their university and CPA student careers, including performance in the CPAWSB modules, and on the CFE (September 2019); and has contributed to the quality of life in rural Alberta through community service.

To nominate yourself or another individual for this award, please submit a letter of application indicating which award is being sought and how you, or your nominee, would be a deserving recipient and meet the award criteria. A letter of support from an employer, mentor, or community leader should accompany your application. Send nominations to cpaef@cpaalberta.ca. In the subject line of your email, include the name of the award for which you are applying.

Gordon Rasmussen was a partner of a PricewaterhouseCoopers predecessor firm and founded a successful land development and real estate company. He also served as a director of Canadian Western Bank, the Alberta Teachers’ Pension Fund and Augustana University College. Gordon gave back extensively to the community, serving on the board of such organizations as the Good Samaritan Society and the Tegler Foundation, as well as establishing the Rasmussen Foundation to provide seniors social housing.

How to Apply

Value:$1,000
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

Two (2) awards granted annually to one (1) successful writer in southern Alberta and one (1) successful writer in Northern Alberta. Eligible applications must have successfully written the CFE in September 2019. Applicants must be Alberta-based writers who maintain active service in the community while successfully completing the CFE.

To nominate yourself or another individual for this award, please submit a letter of application indicating which award is being sought and how you, or your nominee, would be a deserving recipient and meet the award criteria. A letter of support from an employer, mentor, or community leader should accompany your application. Send nominations to cpaef@cpaalberta.ca. In the subject line of your email, include the name of the award for which you are applying.

Accountants Templates Inc. (ATI), the company that creates the Jazzit Suite, was founded by Michael Chew who is a Chartered Professional Accountant and was a CaseWare / CaseView trainer for over five years. ATI’s objective was to find better ways to leverage the technology in CaseWare and CaseView to help accountants finish their engagements faster, easier, and more accurately.

How to Apply

Value $2,000
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

Awarded annually to a northern Alberta-based writer who maintains active service in the community while successfully completing the September 2019 CFE. Preference will be given to applicants with active participation in coaching of community sports.

To nominate yourself or another individual for this award, please submit a letter of application indicating which award is being sought and how you, or your nominee, would be a deserving recipient and meet the award criteria. A letter of support from an employer, mentor, or community leader should accompany your application. Send nominations to cpaef@cpaalberta.ca. In the subject line of your email, include the name of the award for which you are applying.

Michael Lissey CA was well-respected for his professionalism and contribution to his community. He loved his family, he loved community sports and he loved being a Chartered Accountant. Mike encouraged young professionals to excel and pursue the profession and always stressed the importance of giving back.

How to Apply

Value: $2,500
Application deadline: February 28, 2020

One award granted annually to a student currently enrolled in the CPA Professional Education Program. Applicants must:

  • submit one application letter on why applicant/nominee should be considered for the award
  • be bilingual (English and French)
  • be a mature student (someone who has been in the workforce for at least three years)
  • demonstrate financial need

Claire Dallaire CPA, CGA established this award to give back to the CPA profession. The creation of this award is meant to encourage and motivate recipients to continue pursuing their dream of becoming a CPA, and recognize those individuals for their hard work and perseverance. Claire understands the determination required to pursue a higher education and the CPA designation, and the successful recipient of this award will be a reflection of that.

How to Apply

Value: $2,500
Application deadline: February 28, 2020

One (1) award is available to an individual who has become a new Canadian or permanent resident within the last five years (i.e., on or after January 1, 2014). This individual must enrolled in business or commerce at a degree-granting post-secondary institution in Alberta or the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). This individual must also demonstrate satisfactory achievement in their academic or professional training program.

Applicants must:

  • be Canadian citizens and residents of Alberta;
  • provide proof of new Canadian or permanent resident status, and date that status was obtained;
  • submit a letter or video (2 to 3 minutes) outlining why he or she is planning to pursue a career in business and or accounting; and
  • submit one (1) letter of support from a current instructor or training principal/manager/supervisor.
How to Apply
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