Medal of Inspiration Award

Sponsored by the AICPA & CIMA

Deadline: Friday, May 3rd, 2024 by 11:59PM EDT 


Beta Alpha Psi students are already “good” students. They have strong GPAs, they contribute to their communities through service, and demonstrate a commitment to professional ideals and ethics. We want to encourage them to go the next level and strive to be “great.” An integral part of this encouragement is for students to hear life stories of other students who have been particularly inspirational.

Beta Alpha Psi and AICPA & CIMA jointly sponsor the Medal of Inspiration to encourage others to reach within and find the “greatness” in themselves.


One student will receive the Medal of Inspiration award at the annual meeting and a monetary award of $5,000, given by the AICPA & CIMA.


Any student currently enrolled as a junior, senior, or graduate student is eligible to be nominated. 

There are two criteria whereby students can win. First, they may have experienced extreme hardships in their lives in pursuing their education, and demonstrated an unusually high level of success in spite of that adversity. Or, second, they may have done something particularly inspirational in the course of their lives that had a tremendous impact on someone else’s life. Either path is acceptable. Students are encouraged to participate in the program, not to bring honor or glory to themselves, but to inspire students to want to effect on the world around them in a positive way. 

Nomination Process

Current Beta Alpha Psi students can nominate themselves or another current Beta Alpha Psi student. Faculty advisors may also nominate one of their current members.

A successful online nomination includes:

  • Nominee information
  • Essay
  • Signed attestation statements from 3 references confirming essay content
  • Supporting documentation (optional)

Award/Competition Process

One winner will be selected by a panel of Beta Alpha Psi Board and/or BAP Professional Partner members and a representative of the AICPA & CIMA.

Winner will be notified by June 3, 2024 and the award will be presented at the 2024 Annual Meeting.


For more information please contact the Beta Alpha Psi Executive Office at

Hear what our Professional Partners think about BAP!

Beta Alpha Psi students are the future leaders of the profession, and their involvement with the organization demonstrates their dedication to excellence. The Illinois CPA Society has many student ambassadors who are also involved with BAP, and we value the opportunity to collaborate to share important resources and support more students throughout their journey to becoming a CPA.

Elizabeth Anderson
Illinois CPA Society