AFWA Scholarships

Welcome to the Scholarship website for the ASWA(dba AFWA) Seattle Chapter. Our chapter is pleased to provide access to two sources of scholarship funds – the AFWA Seattle Chapter Scholarship Fund and the The Foundation of AFWA. Each scholarship fund has its own deadline date, application form and set of criteria. Please read the instructions carefully.

For details and application forms, click on these links:

AFWA Seattle Chapter Scholarship (May 31 deadline)
Foundation of AFWA Scholarships

If you have further questions, or if you would like to make a donation to the Seattle Chapter’s Scholarship Fund or Scholarship Endowment Fund, please contact the Scholarship Committee, or make a secure credit card donation on our new online Donation Form (SSL-protected and integrated with our credit card processor via


Scholarship Committee News

Scholarship winners for the academic year 2012-2013

The Seattle Chapter of AFWA is pleased to announce the winners of five scholarship awards totaling $15,000 for the 2012-13 academic year.  This brings our total awards since inception in 1962 to $263,120.

The awards were in laddered amounts to four different schools, including two winners from the University of Washington, and one winner each from Green River Community College, Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University.  We look forward to each student’s participation in the profession.

Seada Mohmed, Central Washington University, $4,000

Rachel McBride, University of Washington, $3,000

Beth Russell, University of Washington, $3,000

Siyu Lu, Edmonds Community College, $3,000

Aimee Peterson, Green River Community College, $2,000

Congratulations to each of them!


Report from the Endowment Fund Trustees


The ASWA Seattle Chapter No. 9 Scholarship Endowment Fund was established to encourage, receive and administer gifts in perpetuity for the purpose of granting scholarships for college and post-graduate studies in the field of accounting.

During fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, the fund received $2,637.50 in permanently restricted contributions.  The fair market value of the principal balance was $170,659.02.

The Scholarship Endowment Fund earned $4,516.59 during the year.  This amount has been transferred to the Chapter’s scholarship fund.

The trustees have continued to use the same investment management firm for investment advice.  Karen O’Brien and Joe Hebert of TrueNorth Financial Services LLC have agreed to provide the trustees with investment management advice on a pro-bono basis.  We very much appreciate their professional assistance.

Contributions, made payable to ASWA Seattle Chapter No. 9 Scholarship Endowment Fund, may be sent to the chapter treasurer or to Theodora A. Sherman, Trustee, 20411 13th Avenue NW, Shoreline, WA  98177-2127.

Respectfully submitted,

Theodora Sherman, Trustee


May 15, 2016 was the application deadline for AFWA Seattle Chapter 2016-2017 Scholarships.  Applications are currently being reviewed and the scholarship winners will be announced in August.

Other organizations that offer scholarships for accounting students:
Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting (EFWA) – Rhonda J.B. O’Leary Memorial scholarship. Sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of AFWA. A one-year scholarship for an amount up to $2,000 will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student attending an accredited school within the State of Washington to earn a degree in Accounting. Application must be postmarked by April 30, 2016. Found at:

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)


*ASWA is now known as AFWA – the Scholarship Fund and Scholarship Endowment Fund of the Seattle chapter are 501(c)(3) organizations under the former name of ASWA until the name change is completed.