Since inception, the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) has provided millions in scholarship funds to deserving students. Through the generous contributions of individuals, groups, and organizations that share NABA's desire to break through the economic barrier minorities often experience, NABA has offered scholarships on a national, regional and local level.

NABA Metro DC Chapter Scholarship applications will be accepted in their entirety if submitted by April 26, 2017.

Scholarships will be presented at the Metro DC Annual Evening with NABA (EWNABA). Recipients are required to attend this event in order to receive their scholarship payment.

Applicants must:

  1. Be an African-American (Black) or an individual of African descent and must meet the eligibility to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and/or Virginia or must be an active CPA in Washington, D.C.
  2. Be an ACTIVE professional NABA member, whose membership dues have been received by NABA's National Office no later than January 31, 2017. If you are unsure of your status, please call the national office prior to the deadline.
  3. Be currently employed in a finance and/or accounting role where the CPA designation is required or preferred.

Please submit the following:

  • A completed NABA Metro DC Chapter CPA Review Scholarship Application (Click here to download the application). Please type your responses, including "N/A" for items that are not applicable to you. The application MUST be completed in its entirety and submitted with the items listed below
  • A current resume and a copy of your completed scholarship essay in MS Word format (.doc or .docx) e-mailed to
  • One (1) letters of reference. Letters of reference can be e-mailed directly to
  • An essay of a minimum of 500 words (maximum 750) specifically addressing the topic outlined below: 

A diverse and inclusive workforce is necessary to drive innovation, foster creativity, and guide business strategies. Multiple voices lead to new ideas, new services, and new products, and encourage out-of-the-box thinking. While diversity and inclusion efforts at companies are a given, organizations still face external and internal challenges in implementing these policies and procedures. A survey conducted by Forbes Insights finds that more than 46% of respondents felt that managers failed to execute diversity programs adequately. In what ways do you think managers can execute diversity programs and values on their teams? How can NABA help to ensure that diversity and inclusion progresses to help build and retain diverse workforces?

  • A Personal Biography/Introduction of 75 words or less that includes involvement in NABA (include any offices held, exceptional achievements, and/or special recognition).

Questions should be directed to Thema Patterson via e-mail at


Click here to download the CPA Review Scholarship Application.