Scholarship Criteria

2022 Ohio Regional Council Scholarship Criteria for Applicants

Student applicants meeting the following criteria and completing the application will be considered for a scholarship award from the Ohio Council of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

  1. Applicant must be a full-time student at an Ohio college or university (including those associated with the Pittsburgh chapter and Indiana-University East) that is accredited by a regional accrediting association. Applicants must have a minimum of 3.00 GPA and MUST major in accounting. If the applicant does not believe his/her GPA accurately reflects his/her scholastic capability and achievement, a separate sheet may be attached explaining the discrepancy.

  2. Applicant must have a minimum of two academic semesters or one year left to complete his/her degree from the time the scholarship is awarded in April.

  3. Applicant must write an essay outlining his/her career goals and how he/she feels membership in the Institute of Management Accountants has enhanced or would enhance his/her career goals. In addition, applicant must outline the benefits of obtaining the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification.

  4. Applicant may include a brief paragraph explaining school and/or community activities in which he/she is involved.

  5. Applicant may include a brief paragraph describing any honors and awards that he/she has received.

  6. Applicant must provide a letter of reference from a professor or internship advisor (please have them send directly).

  7. Applicant must attach a resume. The resume should reflect what he/she would present to a prospective employer.

  8. Applicant must attach an official transcript from his/her college/university.

  9. The application, the resume, and official transcripts will be submitted through the Ohio Regional Council website's online application. All documents should be uploaded in pdf format. The letter of reference should be sent by the person making the recommendation directly to the same email address as the documents the applicant will be using to send.  The application, along with all attachments, must be RECEIVED no later than midnight on Sunday, March 27, 2022.  Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to Cathy Schaefer at

  10. If chosen, the applicant should attend a regional council or a local chapter meeting in April or May of 2022. In addition, the applicant must make a one-year commitment to maintain membership in the Institute of Management Accountants and attend at least two functions through a local chapter or Ohio Regional Council which will allow them to receive professional guidance and support.

For questions, contact:
Director - Scholarships
Cathy Schaefer

This links you to the application in Google Forms