AFWA’s Denver Chapter is the recipient of the 2018 Chapter Achievement Award for Scholarship. The Chapter was selected for this award not only for the amount of scholarships they distribute, but also for the established relationships they maintain with local colleges and universities. These close ties lead to year round opportunities to engage with and support students of accounting and finance.
We are proud to share here Denver’s entry to the 2018 Chapter Achievement Awards.
AFWA’s Denver Chapter is proud their associated Scholarship Trust has consistently been able to award more scholarships each year. In 2017, the Denver Chapter raised $34,000 for it’s Scholarship Trust, primarily through proceeds from the annual Rocky Mountain Area Conference (RMAC). The Trustees, after intense deliberation and review of many amazing candidates, awarded $42,000 to eleven deserving Colorado accounting and finance students for fall semester 2018. [Two of Denver’s scholarship recipients went on to earn additional scholarships through The Foundation of AFWA’s National Scholarship Program] The individual awards ranged from $2,500-$4,500 and also included a one-year AFWA student membership
Our Scholarship Trustees and Student Activities Committee have built strong relationships with the accounting and finance departments of Colorado’s colleges and universities. These relationships have fostered our hosting of two Student Nights at rotating college campuses. In October 2017, Student Night was held at Denver University and February 2018, it was held at Regis University. These events are packed with a full evening for a small price for student attendance, $5. The schedule includes networking, a CPE program geared toward the interests of the student population, pizza and brownies for dinner, a Wiley scholarship drawing for AFWA regular and student members in attendance, door prizes, and headshots taken by a professional photographer and much more!
Along with the formal program, we promote AFWA and its benefits, encourage AFWA student membership (only $25 with the Chapter subsidizing the balance), inform and promote applying for AFWA scholarships at both the Chapter and National levels, and facilitate an informal roundtable discussion with the students. This discussion is likely the icing on the cake! Members and our speaker candidly answer student’s questions about our career choices, professional experiences, and work/life balance. We stress the benefits of becoming involved with a professional organization, with an emphasis on AFWA membership, encompassing not only the professional and personal benefits, but the need to volunteer whether with AFWA, another professional organization, or within their community.
The Scholarship Trustees award Outstanding Woman Accounting/Finance Student awards to students nominated by their Faculty. The recipients and their professor/ parents/spouse/family are our guests at the April dinner meeting. The CPE presentation is tailored to be of special interest to our guests, and request each student to share their accomplishments and future career plans. We encourage the recipients to apply for AFWA Chapter and National scholarships, share the benefits of AFWA, and promote AFWA student membership. The awards are announced to our membership through a Constant Contact announcement and our website.
Through our contacts with the accounting and finance departments, the Trustees circulate scholarship applications and award nomination forms to the colleges and universities throughout the year. These communications inform the Accounting & Finance departments, Financial Aid offices, and Counselors of AFWA’s Chapter and National scholarships. At every meeting and student event, members announce the opportunities, applications, criteria required, and pending deadlines.
The Chapter was invited to attend the fall Accounting & Finance Fair at Regis University and MSU-Denver ASO’s meeting. The fair included numerous hiring firms in public accounting and industries, professional organizations and service organizations. ASO’s meeting was a bit more casual, with a fun game of “Accounting Jeopardy”, prizes, and appetizers of smoked salmon and chocolate. Both events allowed great exposure for AFWA, discussion with students about the profession, job opportunities and fellowship. The Chapter attends as many of these types of events as possible.
The Denver Chapter remains committed to the student population by being present at their events, bringing events to their campuses, celebrating their accomplishments, creating an environment to foster their personal and professional growth, and providing opportunities for multiple scholarships.