TOEFL scholarships are now available to students living in five locations: China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. A TOEFL scholarship can help students study at any of the 8,000+ institutions listed in the TOEFL Destinations Directory. The scholarship program is designed to reward TOEFL test takers for achieving academic excellence, exhibiting leadership skills, performing extracurricular activities and demonstrating English-communication proficiency.
The TOEFL Scholarship Program rewards students who have high academic achievement as well as:
- an outstanding ability to communicate in English
- demonstrated leadership skills
- well-roundedness in extracurricular activities, including community service
- innovative ideas as reflected in essays (and interviews, when applicable)
To be eligible to win a TOEFL scholarship, you must:
- Currently be living in the country from where you are applying.
- Beginning undergraduate or graduate study in 2013 at a college or university listed in the TOEFL Destinations Directory.
- Hold a grade point average of at least 80 or higher on a 100-point scale or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For high school students in Korea, you must have a level of 1–3 on a 9-level scale in any three subjects in your last semester.
- Have a valid TOEFL test score used as a requirement for admissions into your undergraduate or graduate program.
- Complete the application form online and upload your transcripts.
The deadline is April 30, 2013. Please visit the ETS website for more information.
If you are seeking scholarship opportunities for the Texas MPA program, be sure to check your eligibility to apply for an AICPA scholarship. The majority of the scholarships have an April 1 application deadline. Scholarships include (but are not limited to):
- The John L. Carey Scholarship: provides financial assistance to liberal arts and other non-business related degree holders who are pursuing graduate studies in accounting and the CPA designation. Amount: $5,000/year
- The AICPA Minority Scholarship: provides awards to outstanding undergraduate and graduate minority students who plan to pursue the CPA licensure. Amount: $3,000/year
- The AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship: provides financial assistance to accounting majors who plan to become CPAs. Amount: $2,500/year
Many of our students have received these awards in the past. I would strongly encourage you to apply!
Don’t forget! Today is the final application deadline for U.S. applicants for fall 2013. If you are interested in applying to the Texas MPA program and haven’t done so, you will have until 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, March 1 to submit your application from the ApplyTexas system. If you save the application in Apply Texas but do not submit it by 11:59 p.m., you will not have the ability to submit it later. Additionally, be sure to complete your application by supplying all other required application materials as soon as possible because space in our incoming class is limited.
Please note that:
- It will take about 3 weeks for your official GMAT scores to be sent, received, and loaded to your UT application record. I recommend that you send me an email message with an unofficial report, in the meantime, if your official scores are not appearing on your record by Monday.
- Your references will receive an email notification with instructions for supplying the recommendation letter AFTER UT-Austin receives your application from Apply Texas, approximately 24-48 hours after submission. This is also when you will receive a notification and will have the ability to upload your supplemental documents.
If you have any questions or concerns about your application, please contact me. Thank you for considering the Texas MPA program!
The Texas MPA program accepts individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds. In fact, typically 50% of our incoming class is comprised of students who hold undergraduate degrees in areas outside of accounting!
If you are an incoming student with a non-accounting background, you may be concerned about being prepared to start our program. Yes, our program is challenging, and our students are high achievers, but have no fear! Taking a few extra steps now will help you feel ready.
- Complete the pre-enrollment requirements prior to starting our program.
- Take advantage of the self-study resource that is mailed to students early in the summer so that you can get a head start on the financial accounting (ACC 381) material.
- Meet with your academic advisor and participate in a career orientation webinar and resume review early in the summer.
- Plan to attend MPA orientation in August, as you will meet the rest of the traditional MPA incoming class; learn from faculty members, MPA staff, current students and alumni about course options, study abroad options and career paths; and prepare for the employment recruiting season.
- Be prepared for a busy fall schedule! Not only do your classes intensify in the fall, but also employment recruiting is in full swing. Maintaining a balance between your courses and recruiting activities is a definite challenge, so plan to keep your course load moderate and extracurricular activities to a minimum.
Keep in mind that
- Our curriculum is customized based on a student’s academic background. Students with accounting undergraduate degrees will waive and substitute electives for our core courses if they have completed the equivalent prior to entering our program. Those without an accounting background will start with our core courses (ACC 381 and ACC 380k.11) in the summer, continue with additional core courses in the fall, and enroll in classes with others from non-accounting backgrounds.
- Our students are high achievers but come from diverse backgrounds and operate in a collaborative environment.
Our student bloggers provide their thoughts as they progress through our program. I recommend that you read the blog regularly to gain an insider’s perspective! Here are a few posts related to adapting to the program:
Surviving and Thriving as a tMPA
You Have a Liberal Arts Degree. What Should You Expect in the Program?
A Rise in the Fall
Teamwork and the MPA
We are quickly approaching the final March 1 deadline! If you are interested in applying to the Texas MPA program and haven’t done so, you will have until 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, March 1 to submit your application from the ApplyTexas system. Be sure to submit all required application materials as soon as possible because space in our incoming class is limited.
Please note that it will take about 3 weeks for your official GMAT scores to be sent, received, and loaded to your UT application record. I recommend that you send me an email message with an unofficial report, in the meantime, if your official scores do not arrive by March 1.
If you have any questions or concerns about your application, please contact me.