INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENT AWARDS
The AWSCPA Awards recognize women and other professionals across the country who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, sacrifice and accomplishment in furthering the advancement of women in accounting and exemplifying the highest ideals of the accounting profession. The awards reach out to women in various segments of the accounting community, including public accounting, industry, government, non–profit and academia.
Educator of the Year Award – This award recognizes excellence in teaching and inspiration
in the accounting field by a faculty member of a two- or four-year college.
Innovation in Women’s Programming Award – This award recognizes businesses that are
continually developing new and innovative programs to promote and support women in the accounting
Lead by Example Award – This award recognizes those businesses that not only have a strong
women’s program in place, but also strong women in leadership positions to show others that it can be
Public Service Award – This award recognizes a member of AWSCPA who provides a significant
contribution of time and talent to public services outside of the accounting profession to improve the
quality of a community.
Woman CPA of the Year Award – This award recognizes an individual for outstanding
contributions to the accounting profession. Criteria for this award will be professional accomplishments,
demonstrated leadership, and contributions, which further the advancement of women in the
profession. Such contributions may include but are not limited to participating in successful monitoring
relationships, implementing flexible work schedules or other family-friendly arrangements, advocating
programs that promote women with a company, and supporting diversity programs.
Woman of Courage Award – This award recognizes an AWSCPA member’s achievement under
difficult conditions. Self-nominations are welcome.
The forms which must be completed may be obtained from this link (PDF Document) or the AWSCPA Administrative Office and are due by APRIL 23, 2013. The nomination process can be an opportunity to learn more about the professional accomplishments and contributions to the community of affiliate members and members-at-large.
|Past Award Winners
|Educator of the Year
2012 Dr. Martha Eining, CPA
2011 Dr. Sandra (Sandy) B. Richtermeyer, CMA, CPA
2009 Marci Leigh Butterfield
2007 Dr. Sharon Lightner
2006 Dr. Susan Sorensen
2005 Dr. Sharon Lassar
2004 Claude Renshaw
2002 Deborah Turner
2001 Dr. Lucretia Mattson
1999 Linda M. Nichols
1998 Barbara G. Pierce
1997 Teresa D. Thamer
1996 Dr. Marie E. Dubke
1996 Trini U. Melcher
1995 Dr. Karen Hooks
1994 Kathryn Buckne
1993 Nancy Tang
1992 Karen Pincus
||Woman CPA of the Year
2012 Betsy Rafael
2011 Mary F. Cheaney, CPA
2010 Kristine (Tina) Caratan
2009 Johanna Nielsen
2008 Kristi Biondo
2007 Leslie Murphy
2006 Kim Wallin
2005 Linda Bergen
2004 Olivia Kirtley
2003 Kathy Hannan
2001 Deborah Sessions
2000 Shelly S. Stein
1998 Nancy M. Heimer
1997 Carrie L Clay
1996 Nancy J. Fuhr
1995 Theresa J. Drew
1994 Shirley Dahl Cheramy
|Firm Leadership - Lead by Example Award
||Innovation in Women's Programming Award
|2012 The Seattle office of Moss Adams, LLP
||2012 Deloitte LLC
2011 Watkins Meegan
||Woman of Courage Award
|2012 Alexandra L. Miller
2011 Linda B. Bergen, CPA
||2012 Jill Briggs
2011 Wendy A. Lewis
|Public Service Award
2007 Lori A. Greenawalt
2006 Bonnie Mackey
2004 Corinne Pleger
2000 Lori Ann Kuntz
1999 Mary F. Cheaney
1998 Karen L. Katzbeck
1997 Terry Santini
1996 Sandi Smith
1995 Kathryn J. Whitmire
1994 Kim A. Lamplough
1993 Graciela L. Miller
1992 Melinda M. Harper
1991 Peg Cartier
1990 Cynthia Pain Morris
1989 Trini U. Melcher
1988 Ellen Pearre Cason
1987 Mary Scout
1986 Dr. Elise G. Jancura
||1985 Marilynne Keyser
1984 Kathryn N. Whitmire
1983 Dorothea Watson
1982 Marguerite Reimers
1981 Carole Ann Gibbs
1980 Shirley B. Schleimer
1979 Mary Craig
1978 Glenda M. Bayless
1977 Johnnie L. Clark
1976 Helen F. McGillicuddy
1975 Mary Jo McCann
1974 Hazel J. Skog
1973 Geraldine A. Bennett
1972 Mary Louise Jonst
1971 Margaret E. Lauer
|Woman of Courage Award
2010 Perpetual Manatse
2009 Dian Garnick
2008 Mary Ross
2007 Sandra Weiner
2006 Donna Finch
2004 Brenda Banks
2000 Lourdes Farinas
2000 Celida Hernandez
Individual awards presented in the past have also included the following:
1993 Sarah A. Reed
1992 Deborah Turner
1991 Sarah A. Reed
1990 Dr. Karen Hooks
1989 Kay W. Tatum
1988 Deborah Turner
1987 Dr. Sylvia Madeo
1985 Dr. Sylvia Madeo
1984 Wanda Wallace
|Award of Honor
1995 J. Michael Cook
Star Affiliate Award
Affiliates are recognized for their accomplishments each year at the annual conference, and those accomplishments become an inspiration for other affiliates. Affiliates recognized as "Star Affiliates" receive a star to add to their banner each year.
Affiliates are asked to use this opportunity to share what went especially well in the fiscal year. There are no rules and affiliates may use any format to submit their nomination - have fun and be creative! Feel free to also include photos, mementos, program brochures, etc. to supplement your nomination submission. As an alternative you can submit the AWSCPA Silver Star Award form which is available by clicking here.
Here are some brainstorming ideas for nomination submissions...
- What is your affiliate most proud of and how did you accomplish it?
- What were your goals for the year and how did you meet them?
- How did you do in member retention?
- How did you do in new member recruitment?
- Did you increase your scholarship dollars?
- Have you done any creative activities to support your community and/or women CPAs?
Nomination submissions are due at the AWSCPA Administrative Office by October 1, 2013.
Your affiliate's leadership and success can help others achieve their full potential so everyone can win!
Affiliate Silver Star Award
In addition to the AWSCPA Star Affiliate Awards, the Society makes available the Silver Star Award, an alternative process whereby an affiliate might gain recognition for sustaining a healthy affiliate. To participate, please complete this form and return it to the AWSCPA National Office prior to October 1, 2013.
Education is a major goal for the AWSCPA and the organization is pleased to offer three avenues for scholarships.
The American Woman’s Society of CPAs offers a national scholarship to individuals aspiring to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The recipient of the scholarship will receive the complete Becker CPA Review Course worth $3,065. Becker Professional Education is a Platinum Sponsor of the American Woman's Society of CPAs and will coordinate the review course directly with the scholarship winner. For additional information about the Becker CPA Review Course, or any of the other fine professional review courses offered by Becker, contact Linda Jones, of Becker at (800) 369-8545 or email@example.com. You may also contact the AWSCPA administrative offices at (800) 297-2721.
- Applicant must meet the minimum education requirements to sit for the CPA exam within one year of scholarship awarding.
- Applicant must either be an entering Senior, 5th year student, graduate student or a graduate AND eligible to take a review course within one year of scholarship awarding.
- Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA in accounting and a 3.0 GPA overall.
- Due date of application is May 31. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in July.
- Applicants must provide a validated transcript from their college to verify grades, major and classes taken.
- Applicant must submit an essay no longer than 1,000 words explaining why they are deserving of the scholarship.
- Applicant must either be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.
Needs and scholastic aptitude will be considered for the recipient(s). Awarding of the scholarship will be done at several student conferences held between August and December of each year, including but not limited to the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Conference and the IMA Student Conference.
Online Scholarship Application
Printable Scholarship Application (PDF)
Scholarships Granted Through Affiliates
Click on the AWSCPA affiliate below to view scholarship criteria by affiliate and contact information:
Many AWSCPA affiliates, located around the country, maintain scholarship funds and have programs to grant scholarships. The American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants Continuing Professional Education Foundation is a separate entity created to support the research and educational activities of AWSCPA. Funds are solicited on the dues renewal invoices and are used exclusively for matching affiliate scholarships.
To learn more about the nearest affiliate, click on Find Nearest Affiliate. No scholarships are granted by the national office of AWSCPA.
Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting (EFWA) was established in 1966 by the AWSCPA and the American Society for Women in Accounting (ASWA) to receive and manage funds for the advancement of education in accounting. It is a not-for-profit charitable organization with fund-raising activities aimed at helping women in the accounting profession. It is governed by an independent Board of Trustees. Members of both organizations may serve on the Educational Foundation's Board of Trustees.
The programs of the Educational Foundation provide benefits to AWSCPA members, ASWA members and women outside of the two organizations. The Laurels Fund provides scholarships to women pursuing advanced degrees in the field of accounting. To learn more about EFWA scholarships and programs, click on the EFWA logo above to visit the EFWA site, call 937- 424-3391, or address correspondence to:
136 South Keowee Street
Dayton, OH 45402
CALL FOR PAPERS
The American Woman's Society of CPAs (AWSCPA) seeks to promote the study and greater understanding of the effects of gender on accounting, auditing, and the accounting profession. AWSCPA is especially interested in supporting research on the impact of gender on professional issues and lifestyle concerns.
Unpublished papers of recent date.
Topics address current issues of direct relevance to accounting professionals.
Three copies of paper.
- No restrictions
- 8-10 pages preferred
- Not specific
- Recommend using the American Psychological Association
- Double space
- Readable by Practitioners, not primarily for Academics
June 30, 2010
A panel of academics and practicing professionals
- Up to three awards of $500 each
- Opportunity to present papers at AWSCPA annual/regional meetings during 2010-2011
- Publication in AWSCPA publications with author's permission
Submit three copies of manuscript to:
AWSCPA National Office
136 South Keowee Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402