Making a difference

The ICAS Foundation helps make a difference to academically talented young people from disadvantaged communities by helping them take their first steps into a professional career in accountancy, finance or management. This is achieved through financial support, a mentoring scheme and internships that add important skills and experiences required upon graduation. 

The ICAS Foundation is funded through donations from CAs who are members of ICAS, which is a professional body for over 19,000 world class business men and women who work in the UK and in more than 100 countries around the world. Members of ICAS have all achieved the internationally recognised and respected CA qualification (Chartered Accountant). Almost two thirds the working membership work in business, many leading some of the UK’s and the world’s great companies. The others work in accountancy practices ranging from the Big Four in the City to the small practitioner. 


Information for Students

The ICAS Foundation is pleased to offer bursary awards to potential undergraduates who wish to study accounting, finance or management. Our bursary scheme aims to support students from family backgrounds that have limited resources. If you are applying directly from school and are eligible for a Young Students Bursary from the Scottish Government, then you will be eligible to receive a bursary from the ICAS Foundation. The scheme aims to support students who wish to study an undergraduate course at university who may not otherwise be able to do so. For more information please click here.

Students already at university may apply for a bursary for the remaining years of their course but also have access to a number of ICAS Foundation grants as well. For more information please click here

Information for ICAS Members

As CAs and members of ICAS, you belong to a professional community with strong values, ethics and integrity. We are proud of our heritage, the quality of our education and our professional responsibilities.   

The ICAS Foundation encourages all CAs to play a part in making a difference to the future of the profession.  Making a donation, becoming a mentor or offering internship opportunities, are some of the ways you can help make a difference to those who would otherwise struggle to meet their potential.  For more information please click here.


Information for Firms and Employers

Providing work experience opportunities, through the ICAS Foundation, supports acedemically talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds  develop knowledge, experience and insight in a work environment.  This opportunity will really make a difference to our bursary recipients in taking their first steps into a professional career.  If your firm would like to be involved in providing an internship or work experience opportunities, find out more here.