PICPA - Reading High School Essay Contest

2015 Reading High School Essay Contest


  1. How does outsourcing accounting work to other countries change the profession?
  2. CPA Firms offer three different types of accounting engagement services to clients. Explain the similarities and differences between a compilation, review, and an audit and the reasons it is important for an organization to choose the right engagement for their business needs.


Essays will be judged by a panel of CPAs, and will be evaluated and scored based on content and creativity.  Style, punctuation, spelling, and grammar will be considered.

Entry Guidelines:

  • Essays must be a full three to five pages (not including bibliography), typed in a 12 point font, and double-spaced.
  • Bibliographic references are required, and proper attribution must be given.
  • Entries must be submitted with completed form that includes the student’s high school, class year, and e-mail address, as well as the sponsoring teacher’s name, phone number, and e-mail address.
  • The student’s name must not appear anywhere on the essay other than on the submission form.
  • Essays must be submitted online as .doc, .docx, or .pdf files.

Essays that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.

Top essays are awarded $1,200, $800, and $500 respectively.

Participating schools will be entered in a drawing to win $500!

Prize winnings over $600 are considered taxable income by the IRS. PICPA will issue winners a 1099-Misc at the end of the calendar year for winnings in excess of $600.

For more details, please contact the Careers in Accounting Team at 1-888-272-2001, or e-mail schools@picpa.org.

Online Submissions

Online submissions are closed. Check back in May for the 2015 winners!


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Meet the Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Student Winners!