(Chicago, Illinois – April 3, 2018) Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has announced the recipients of its 2018 scholarships. GFOA’s mission is to promote excellence in state and local government financial management and the awarding of scholarships is one of the ways GFOA accomplishes its mission.
The recipients of the two awards for the Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship are Erika Jex and Timothy Kelly. Each will receive $10,000.
- Erika Jex will graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. She presently serves as an intern for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In this position, Erika inputs and analyzes data in Excel, publishes reports, and assists squad members with other tasks. Erika placed first in Arizona in Forensic Accounting at a Phi Beta Lambda competition in 2017, and placed fifth in the nation. Upon graduation, Erika plans to pursue a Master of Science in Accounting degree and sit for the Certified Public Accounting and Certified Fraud Examiner examinations, with a goal of working in the field of governmental accounting.
- Timothy Kelly will graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance degree from Sacred Heart University, John F. Welch College of Business, in Fairfield, Connecticut. He will participate in an audit intern program with PricewaterhouseCoopers this summer, and begin coursework to achieve a Master of Science in Accounting degree, with a concentration in Forensic Accounting. Timothy’s goals include working in the accounting or finance function of a local government, and obtaining the position of controller.
The Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship is available for award to one or more undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in full-time study preparing for a career in state and local government finance. The winners of the scholarship are invited to attend GFOA’s Annual Conference, where the awards will be presented. This scholarship is funded by Government Finance Officers Association.
The eligibility requirements for the award include:
- Currently a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate accounting program preparing for a career in state and local government finance.
- Undergraduate students must be in the process of completing at least their junior year by the time the scholarship is awarded.
- Citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
- Recommendation from someone who can speak to the student’s commitment to the public sector.
- Student has not been a past winner of a scholarship administered by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
For more information about GFOA’s scholarships, please contact Peg Hartnett, Senior Manager.