Scholarships 2017-12-06T19:34:04+00:00


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.

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The following scholarships are open to the public. Although membership in AFWA is not required, an endorsement by a member or Chapter of AFWA may increase chances of earning a scholarship.

  • Undergraduate Scholarships: To support the costs of attending 3rd, 4th, or 5th year when pursuing an accounting or finance degree. Download application  //  April 1, 2018 Deadline
  • Master’s Scholarships: For those attending an accredited College or University enrolled in a master’s program, and is pursuing an accounting or finance degree. Download application // April 1, 2018 Deadline
  • Diversity Undergraduate Scholarship: To support the costs of a Minority Student attending 3rd, 4th or 5th year towards an accounting or finance degree. Download application  //  April 1,  2018 Deadline


  • Mary Feeney Bonowitz PhD Scholarship: To cover the cost of research for a student seeking a PhD degree in accounting. Download application // April 1, 2018 deadline
  • Disaster Relief Dues Reimbursement – To assist dedicated AFWA Members with the expense of National and Chapter Membership Dues who have experienced personal hardship due to a Natural Disaster in their home town (ex. hurricanes, wild fires, tornadoes). Download the application
  • 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.

Click here to submit your scholarship application.

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 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 Scholarships


  • Each year a few outstanding scholars are selected from our Undergraduate and Masters scholarship applicants to receive the prestigious Paula Zanni Award


  • 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 recently passed all parts of the exam. Applications open each Fall
  • Wiley CPAexcel/CMA Review: To provide registration for a CPAexcel, CMA, or CIA Review Course. Applications open each Fall