PICPA - Reading High School Essay Contest

2014 High School Essay Contest

Reading Chapter


Is a college education still worth the price?


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!

Deadline: March 14, 2014

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

Online Submissions Now Open!

Thank you to everyone who submitted an essay this year. Check back for winners in May!


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Meet the Winners

Congratulations to the 2013 Student Winners!