UCI Paul Merage School of Business and The Deloitte Foundation Renew Commitment to Diversity in Accounting Education

By The UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Irvine, CA - (December 18, 2023) -

The UCI Paul Merage School of Business is proud to announce its renewed collaboration with the Deloitte Foundation to continue funding scholarships for students pursuing a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) degree through the Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program (DFASP). The Foundation is collaborating with more than 20 participating colleges and universities across the U.S., including the UCI Paul Merage School of Business, in an effort to help diversify the CPA profession. DFASP participating schools and the Deloitte Foundation will cover 100% of tuition (excluding books and living expenses) for selected students.

UCI Merage School Dean, Dean Williamson, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, "We are thrilled to collaborate with the Deloitte Foundation to help strengthen the pipeline of diverse talent within the accounting profession. The Merage School is dedicated to providing opportunities that enhance the social and economic well-being of our students' diverse communities, and this initiative brings that commitment to life for future CPAs."

The Deloitte Foundation supports programs that work in parallel with Deloitte’s* MADE (Making Accounting Diverse and Equitable), a $75 million commitment to fuel greater racial and ethnic diversity in accounting and tax and generate more opportunities and leadership pathways for the next generation of certified public accountants (CPAs). The Foundation expects to fund $25 million in scholarships for students over the next several years, including students interested in pursuing a fifth-year master’s degree in accounting, master of tax or master of accounting with a concentration in audit, advisory or tax through the Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program.

“The Deloitte Foundation is an education nonprofit that helps prepare the next generation for the future of work,” said Erin Scanlon, Deloitte Foundation president. “Now in its third year, the Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program continues to expand to additional colleges and universities across the country. We’re thrilled to be able to offer more students the opportunity to pursue a career in accounting or tax.”  

Prospective students interested in the DFASP scholarship should apply to UCI's Master of Professional Accountancy program at the Paul Merage School of Business for entry in the fall of 2024. Separate applications are required to be considered for the DFASP scholarship.

For more information about the Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program (DFASP), please contact Jana Cheng, Programs Director, Recruitment and Admissions for Specialty Masters Programs, at


About the Deloitte Foundation

The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization that supports education in the U.S. through a variety of initiatives that help develop the next generation of diverse business leaders, and their influencers, and promote excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefiting high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and educators. Learn more about the Deloitte Foundation.

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About The Paul Merage School of Business

The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine offers three dynamic MBA programs—PhD, specialty masters and undergraduate business degrees—that prepare business leaders for our digitally driven world. Through our programs, students acquire the exceptional ability to grow their organizations through strategic innovation, analytical decision-making, digital information technology, and collaborative execution. The Merage School ranks consistently among the top five percent of all business programs worldwide through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network, and close relationships with individual business executives and global corporations. To learn more, please visit