PEP - National program

Program overview

This program is intended for students who are registered in the CPA Canada Professional Education Program (PEP) delivered by the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (the Order), and have passed the examinations of Core modules 1 and 2 of the national program.

Dates to remember

Fill out the scholarship application form by:
  • May 26, 2017, 4 p.m.
Submit the application file by:
  • June 5, 2017, 4 p.m.

Application form

Period ended

Number and amount of scholarships

5 to 10 scholarships of $2,000, 
totalling $10,000 to $20,000

Call for applications

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following conditions when they submit their application:

  • be registered in the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP): a 16 to 24-month module-based national program delivered by the Order and offered through distance learning (online) on a part-time basis by the Order's university partners;
  • have passed the examinations of Core modules 1 and 2 of the national program;
  • be socially involved;
  • complete the scholarship application form;
  • state that they have never received a PEP scholarship from the Foundation of Quebec CPAs;
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • meet any other condition that the Foundation deems relevant.

Evaluation criteria

Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

Excellence of academic record (weighting: 60%)
Based on the cumulative average obtained in undergraduate accounting program recognized by the Ordre.

Applicants are required to provide a transcript for their years at university in an undergraduate program (overall average according to the most recent transcript). The Foundation accepts only official transcripts or transcripts printed from a student’s Internet record that specify the URL link, the student’s name and the title of the program of study.

Applicants are required to provide proof of successful completion of the examinations of Core modules 1 and 2 of the national program.

Social involvement (weighting: 35%)
Applicants are required to submit an original, two-page document, describing their social involvement (charity/volunteering activities). Applicants should include all documentation they deem necessary to support their application.

Application package presentation (weighting: 5%)
The Selection committee expects files to be properly written, contain no spelling errors and be neatly formatted.

Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
Applicants must include proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency in their application file. Applicants born in Quebec may submit a birth certificate issued by the Directeur de l'état civil. Only photocopies are accepted.

Note: Applicants may include any other information which they consider relevant. The Foundation reserves the right to ensure equal distribution of scholarships across all regions of Quebec.

Selection process

The Selection committee is made up of between three and five CPAs who evaluate the applications received, ensure that the eligibility requirements are met and select the recipients.

Presentation of scholarships and method of payment

Scholarships are payable at the latest by March 31, 2018, once the committee officially selects the recipients and that the Board of directors approves the list of scholarship recipients.

To be eligible to receive their scholarship, students must be registered in the Order’s Professional Education Program or have completed it when the scholarship is paid. Their scholarship will be automatically cancelled if they drop out of the program.

Please note that the scholarships are taxable.

Deadline for submitting applications

The duly completed electronic form must be sent to us by no later than 4:00 p.m. on May 26, 2017.

Applicants must also mail us a copy of their application file, including the following:

  • an official transcript or a transcript printed from an Internet file that must specify the URL link, their name and the title of their program of study; 
  • a proof of successful completion of the examinations of Core modules 1 and 2 of the national program;
  • a letter describing their social involvement;
  • a proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.

The Foundation must receive the complete application file by no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017. The documents must be properly identified. All incomplete or late files will be automatically rejected. No file received by email will be accepted. Application files delivered in person are accepted, provided they respect the established deadline. The Foundation will not follow up on missing, incomplete or late documents.

Responsabilitites of the Foundation

The Foundation’s sole responsibilities are to pay out each scholarship and ensure compliance with the rules.

Changes to program rules

The Foundation reserves the right to change, without prior notice, the value of the scholarships and the program rules.

Period covered

The provisions of this document are effective for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2018.

Application file

IMPORTANT: In addition to the duly completed electronic form, make sure that you send all required documents for the evaluation of your application file to the following address by the deadline.