Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP)

The Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP), a nationwide program of the National Association of Black Accountants, is a one-week rigorous residential experience for high school students who have an interest in accounting or business. The goal of this program is to introduce students to career opportunities in accounting, enhance soft skills, and encourage career plan development through a carefully tailored curriculum involving local university faculty and guest lecturers from business and government.

In addition to daily lectures and workshops, students will participate in a group case study that allows them to work collaboratively and use knowledge gained throughout the week to bring an innovative and original business plan to life.  Winners of this competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship and other prizes. Students will also participate in corporate tours, relationship building activities, and group outings throughout the week. 

The program seeks to recruit students who hail from populations inadequately represented in the accounting disciplines, including, but not limited to, minorities and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our hope is that students leave the program with a greater understanding of the dynamic world of accounting and how an accounting career can help them on their path to success.

Accounting Career Awareness Program


June 10 - 15, 2018

(Sunday – Friday)


The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL



  • 10th - 12th Grade in Fall 2018
  • Students from an underrepresented population in business (African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American, etc.)
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0*

*Applications will be considered for candidates with a GPA below the minimum



  • Includes all meals, activities,and overnight accommodations.
  • Travel to/from Tuscaloosa, AL, bed linens, and pillows not included.




Ashley Carlisle

Year in ACAP: 2011

High School Attended: Hoover High School 

College Attended: University of Alabama

Major: Accounting

Reflection: "ACAP was a life changing experience for me. After attending the program, I knew I wanted to attend the University of Alabama and major in Accounting."

Ashley is currently interning with the Tidewell Group Accounting Firm in Birmingham, AL. 

Kiendra Williams

Year in ACAP: 2016

High School Attended: Soulsville Charter School

Desired Major: Accounting

Reflection: "ACAP taught me how to never give up and keep going no matter how hard some situations may get. I hope to major in accounting at Middle Tennessee State University and use the accreditation to launch a nonprofit dedicated to homelessness issues."

Check out the article featuring Kiendra's Story.