The RSM US Foundation awards five first generation students with up to $30,000 each in scholarships, paid $10,000 annually over three consecutive academic years and an invitation to an RSM information session.

Scholarship timeline

  • Applications accepted Dec. 1 until Feb. 28 annually
  • Selections made in April annually
  • Payments made to recipients' universities prior to the start of the upcoming academic year

How to apply

  • Track down your unofficial transcript
  • Craft a short statement (500 characters or less) on what motivates you to be a first generation graduate
  • Create a 30-45 second video – original content only – that demonstrates what The Power of Being You means to you 

All applications require a video. Please only use original content – capture only yourself, selfie-style, not other people, photos, music, videos, or unoriginal content. Keep it simple! Failure to follow video guidelines may render your scholarship application ineligible.


The program is open to legal residents of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., who are at least 18 years old, full-time students with a 3.0 GPA or above at an accredited college or university, and studying business or technology in a bachelor's degree program.

Applicants must be a first, second, or third-year student with no immediate family members from previous generations that have received a bachelor's degree. An applicant is still considered a first generation student even if their immediate siblings have or are currently pursuing a bachelor's degree.

View the FAQs and full terms and conditions for more information and details on the program.

Any employee, owner, intern (and immediate family members) of RSM US LLP, Risk & Regulatory Consulting, LLC, and their respective affiliated entities (collectively, "RSM") and of the foundation are not eligible. Any person who has received a scholarship or other aid in prior years of this program or a similar program of the RSM entities or RSM US Foundation is not eligible.


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Are financial burdens in the way of your goals? Through our scholarships, we aim to support tomorrow's leaders in business and technology by helping today's students, like you, fund their education.

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