CalCPA Central Coast Chapter Donation Aids Accounting Students

BURLINGAME, CA–(June 8, 2020) – The California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) announced that its Central Coast Chapter members residing and working in San Luis Obispo County are donating $5,000 to the Allan Hancock College Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund to support accounting students in Santa Maria because of COVID-19.

The emergency grant provide financial assistance and encouragement to accounting majors and students who will be awarded monies immediately as they apply. The CalCPA Central Coast Chapter Scholarship Fund has been making contributions for several years to support local accounting students. Funds have been raised to support students from CPAs attending their annual Central Coast Attorney, Bankers and Certified Public Accounting (ABC) night social events, as well as quarterly continuing professional education events. 

“This global pandemic is hitting close to home and many of our students are already facing losses in hourly wages as well as unexpected expenses,” said Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D., superintendent/president of Allan Hancock College. “Our Student Emergency Fund is part of the social safety net. It provides small but essential grants to Hancock students who find themselves in dire circumstances—covering essential food, housing, medical, or transportation expense. These small grants from local CPAs make a big difference in times like these to help accounting students in need.” 

Allan Hancock College enrolls more than 10,000 students in degree programs each year and educates over 19,000 people in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in its various programs. Contributions to the Allan Hancock College Student Emergency Fund can be made online.

"We hope that our donations to the Allan Hancock College Student Emergency Fund will help provide some needed relief in these uncertain times,” said Seth Gibeaut, CPA, and 2019-20 CalCPA Central Coast Chapter president. “CalCPA works hard to provide added support for students as they work their way into the accounting profession and the time for providing funds outside our regular donations has never felt so necessary." 

About CalCPA
CalCPA traces its heritage to 1903 when the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants was organized. In 1909, it merged with two other state CPA associations to form CalCPA. CalCPA serves more than 43,000 members in public practice, private industry, academia and government, and has 14 chapters across California. CalCPA also offers more than 1,400 live courses, conferences, webcasts and on-demand self-study courses annually. More information is available online.        
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