John J. Killian Scholarship

$2,500Award Amount
1Number of Awards
2/4/2023Submission Deadline

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The Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA) Educational Foundation created the John J. Killian Scholarship. It was established in honor of KSCPA’s first Executive Director, John J. Killian. The program aims to support undergraduate students in accounting programs at Kansas colleges and universities.

Applicants must meet various requirements as part of their application for the scholarship. Applicants should be full-time students in their junior year in an accounting program at an independent post-secondary institution in Kansas. Additionally, they should be outstanding students in their accounting classes.

Each year, KSCPA offers $2,500 to a deserving accounting student. Furthermore, the scholarship has numerous added advantages. For example, applicants can showcase their accounting prowess and get a chance to win an award while at it.

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John J. Killian Scholarship Timeline

November 2022

Application Opening Date

Applications open on November 1.

February 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on February 4.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: College Junior
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Kansas
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Grade transcript
  • School Verification
  • Present Work Experiences
  • Recommendation letters
  • Faculty endorsement

How to ace the John J. Killian Scholarship


Tailor your résumé for the scholarship

Generic résumé may be quick to come up with but they are far less effective. Make sure you customize your résumé to fit the scholarship description. If possible, include keywords from the scholarship description within your résumé. This will help your résumé get past any screening software that the evaluators might be using.


Demonstrate progress in the accounting field

Make sure to demonstrate growth while outlining your experiences in your resume. Doing so shows the evaluator that you are willing to learn, grow and offer value.


Choose your references carefully

Make sure to select references who have known you for a while, have a good understanding of your strengths, and are enthusiastic about writing the letter for you.


Follow up on your referees

Follow up on your recommendation letters a week or so before the deadline to make sure the letters have been written and to avoid last-minute surprises.

How the John J. Killian Scholarship is Judged

Applications are assessed based on academic standing, leadership skills, recommendation letters, community engagement, and quality of applications.

Why We Love the John J. Killian Scholarship


The scholarship is merit-based

Demonstrated financial need is not a necessary element of the scholarship, the selection is purely based on merit.


Equal opportunity for all

No applicant is discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, or religious background.


Opportunity to express yourself

The scholarship provides a chance for the applicant to showcase their professional and personal work and/or achievements through their résumés.

5 Facts About John J. Killian Scholarship


There are additional scholarship opportunities

KSCPA also awards a total of 14 scholarships annually to students selected by accounting faculty at each of the Regent Universities & Washburn University.


The award is non-renewable

The scholarship provides funds for only one year and previous winners are prohibited from reapplying for the scholarship.


Mentor or college professor as a reference

At least one of the three recommendation letters submitted should be from your college professor or mentor in support of your accounting academic success.


KCPA advocates for Kansas CPAs

KSCPA advocates and protects the future of Kansas Certified Public Accountants(CPAs).


Four core KSCPA foundation scholarships

Besides the John J. Killian Scholarship, students can apply for three other opportunities, including Byron Bird, Mary Ellen Kirkpatric, and Ethnically Diverse Student.

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Kansas Career Technical Workforce Grant

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