Educational Foundation Activities

Supporting the future of accounting in Wisconsin

The WICPA Educational Foundation supports numerous state-wide activities to assist with broadening and advancing the awareness, perception and future of the accounting profession.

Accounting Career Awareness Grants

Each year, more than $50,000 in Accounting Career Awareness Grants are awarded by the Educational Foundation to Wisconsin teachers who attend the Educator Accounting Symposium and create programs, projects and curriculum to promote accounting as a career.

Accounting for the Future

The Educational Foundation's resourceful e-newsletter is sent to high school accounting and business teachers three times during the year and contains information about the accounting profession and resources for educators and students.

Accounting Program for Building the Profession (APBP)

The Educational Foundation supports the APBP training for Wisconsin teachers to assist with providing a high-quality accounting curriculum for students.

College Scholarships

Each year, the Educational Foundation awards scholarships to qualified accounting students in their fifth year who are working towards the 150-hour requirement needed to receive their CPA license.

College Speaking

WICPA members share their experience with college students about accounting career opportunities and their career paths at college career fairs, CPA panel discussions, accounting club and class presentations and other events at two- and four-year colleges throughout the state.

CPA2b Magazine

CPA2b is a biannual publication that provides information on accounting careers, the CPA Exam and issues facing the CPA profession. More than 3,000 copies are circulated on college campuses and to high school educators each fall and spring.


DECA and FBLA are professional business organizations that prepare high school students for careers in business. The Educational Foundation sponsors an informational booth for students at the annual state competitions in the spring, and members also participate in judging the competitions.

Educating Tomorrow’s CPAs

This informative e-newsletter is sent four times each year to college educators. It contains news and resources, as well as hiring and career information for educators and their students.

Educator Accounting Symposium

First-hand information from accounting professionals is provided to educators at this annual event where where they receive curriculum ideas, tools to better serve their students and the opportunity to apply for an Accounting Career Awareness Grant.

High School Speaking

Through the High School Speaking Program, WICPA members promote the accounting profession by presenting to area high school students about their careers and various opportunities in the accounting profession.

Junior Achievement BizTown & Finance Park

BizTown, at Junior Achievement’s Kohl’s Education Center in Milwaukee, takes elementary school students into the world of business. During their day at Junior Achievement's BizTown, students learn what it takes to create and run a business, as well as how to manage money. Junior Achievement’s Finance Park combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a fully interactive, simulated town where students in grades 8-12 are introduced to personal finance and career exploration.

Junior Achievement Career Days

Students from grades 7-12 are given the opportunity to interact with professionals from a variety of careers, including accounting, at their schools. Students learn about career paths, personal stories, educational decisions and how to apply skills learned in in the classroom to the world of work.

New CPA Banquet

The Educational Foundation sponsors the New CPA Banquet each year that honors newly licensed CPAs and celebrates their hard work, dedication and achieving the CPA designation.

Reading Makes Cents

In conjunction with National Financial Literacy Month in April, WICPA members participate in Reading Makes Cents by visiting elementary schools and reading money-themed books to students about the basics of money.

Reality Store

Reality Store is a financial literacy event held to teach students about real world financial situations. WICPA members work stations at the Reality Store where students go through simulations to open checking accounts, buy cars, houses, groceries, insurance and interact with business people.


Formerly known as "Make a Difference - Wisconsin," SecureFutures is a program WICPA members can participate in to share their expertise and make positive connections with high school students while teaching them financial literacy skills and empowering them to make sound financial decisions.

Students today, CPAs tomorrow

This WICPA e-newsletter is sent three times each year to provide information about Educational Foundation activities and programs that create awareness of the accounting profession. It also encourages volunteer opportunities and ways to help ensure the future vitality of the profession in Wisconsin.

Students & Leaders Network

The Student & Leaders Network provides live web conferencing and digitally stored interactive video discussions on topics that provide insight on accounting careers. With this program, WICPA members can reach classrooms of high school students across the state with one recorded presentation.

The Big Read

To support financial literacy in Wisconsin, the Educational Foundation helps fund the cost of money-themed books for statewide financial literacy events for children in Pre-K through grade 4 during Money Smart Week.

Wisconsin Educators of Business & Information Technology (WEBIT)

WEBIT is an annual state convention for high school business teachers. The Educational Foundation sponsors an informational booth with accounting resources for educators. WICPA members also present an accounting session for educators.

Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES)

YES is a collaborative program of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Milwaukee Chapter, the WICPA and the Pre-College Divisions of UW-Oshkosh and UW-Milwaukee. YES gives qualified minority high school students a career-enhancing experience through exposure to accounting and other business professions during a six-week internship.


Show your support for the future of the accounting profession in Wisconsin by making a donation to the WICPA Educational Foundation.

To donate on behalf of an organization, please contact Tammy Hofstede for more information.