Accounting and Financial Women's Alliance


“We learn by pushing ourselves and finding what really lies at the outer reaches of our abilities.”
-John Waitzkin

The mission of the Foundation is to promote and advance education, career development and leadership in finance and accounting, with the goal of guiding women to achieve success in their careers. We believe that to decrease barriers for women in the accounting and financial profession, education and access to career development resources are essential. The Foundation aims to ensure women will have the tools and resources to achieve every career success they desire.


The 2016 deadline for Undergraduate and Masters scholarships has passed. Please check back next year.

  • NEW: National Dues Reimbursement for Unemployed Members – To assist dedicated AFWA Members with the expense of National Membership Dues who are unemployed at the time of their membership renewal.
Privacy Policy: The Foundation of AFWA respects the privacy of our applicants and is serious about protecting your privacy. Data and personal information collected in the application process is considered confidential and is not shared or sold with outside, third parties. Applications are only reviewed by Foundation board members and Headquarters staff who are held ascribe to ethics, fraud and conflict of interest policies. Of the applicants selected for scholarship awards, The Foundation of AFWA requires a consent form to share basic recipient information via the website, social media and other publications.


Other Foundation of AFWA Scholarships:

Check back year round for more information on all finance and accounting scholarships offered by The Foundation.

Finance and Accounting Scholarships: The undergraduate and master’s scholarships are open to the public.

  • Undergraduate Scholarships – To support the costs of attending 3rd, 4th, or 5th year when pursuing an accounting or finance degree. (Applications accepted each Spring)
  • Masters Scholarships – For those attending an accredited College or University enrolled in a master’s program, and is pursuing an accounting or finance degree. (Applications accepted each Spring)
  • Each year, a few outstanding scholars are selected from our Undergraduate and Masters scholarship applicants to receive the prestigious Paula Zanni Award.
  • Diversity Undergraduate Scholarship: Sponsored by Ledgent – To support the costs of a Minority Student attending 3rd, 4th or 5th year towards an accounting or finance degree. (applications accepted annually each Fall)

AFWA Member Scholarships: Applicants must be a current member of AFWA to be considered.

  • PhD Scholarship – To cover the cost of research for a student seeking a PhD degree in accounting. AFWA Members Only. (applications accepted each Spring)
  • Certification – To support the exam fees of AFWA members for any one of the following certifications: CPA, CFP, CFE, CIA, CMA, or CVA. Candidates are those who have passed all parts of the exam during the 24 months prior to October 1, 2015 and are eligible for certification.
  • CPAexcel Review – To provide registration for a CPAexcel CPA Review Course.


Scholarship Recipients:

Congratulations to the Foundation’s 2015 recipients of Scholarships for accounting students! View 2015 recipients here


Special thanks to our Partners for their support of the following scholarships.


Diversity Scholarship


CPA Review Scholarship