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

Firm Leadership - 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.

Educator of the Year

2014 Teresa Danile
(Press Release)
2013 Jan Taylor Morris, Ph.D., CPA
(Press Release)
2012 Dr. Martha Eining, CPA
2011 Dr. Sandra (Sandy) B. Richtermeyer, CMA, CPA
(Press Release)
2009 Marci Leigh Butterfield
2007 Dr. Sharon Lightner
(Press Release)
2006 Dr. Susan Sorensen
2005 Dr. Sharon Lassar
(Press Release)
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

2014 Stacy Stelzriede
(Press Release)
2013 Leslie Seidman, CPA
(Press Release)
2012 Betsy Rafael
2011 Mary F. Cheaney, CPA
(Press Release)
2010 Kristine (Tina) Caratan
(Press Release)
2009 Johanna Nielsen
2008 Kristi Biondo
(Press Release)
2007 Leslie Murphy
2006 Kim Wallin
2005 Linda Bergen
(Press Release)
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

2014 Ester Phahla
(Press Release)
2013 The Houston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
(Press Release)
2012 The Seattle office of Moss Adams, LLP
2011 McGladrey
(Press Release)

Innovation in Women's Programming Award

2014 – KPMG
(Press Release)
2013 Moss Adams, LLP
(Press Release)
2012 Deloitte LLC
2011 Watkins Meegan
(Press Release)

Presidential Award

2014 Yasmine El Ramly
(Press Release)
2013 Wendy S. Lewis, CPA
(Press Release)
2012 Alexandra L. Miller
2011 Linda B. Bergen, CPA
(Press Release)

Woman of Courage Award

2013 Nancy Calderon, CPA
(Press Release)
2012 Jill Briggs
2011 Wendy S. Lewis
(Press Release)

2010 Perpetual Manatse
2009 Dian Garnick
2008 Mary Ross
2007 Sandra Weiner
2006 Donna Finch
2004 Brenda Banks
2000 Lourdes Farinas
2000 Celida Hernandez

Public Service Award

2014  Lynn Britt
(Press Release)
2013 Marcie Bour, CPA
(Press Release)
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

Individual awards presented in the past have also included the following:

Literary Award

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



Education is a major goal for the AWSCPA and the organization is pleased to offer three avenues for scholarships.

wiley-cpaexcelThe American Woman’s Society of CPAs in partnership with Wiley CPAexcel offers a national scholarship to individuals aspiring to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). You may apply online or also contact the AWSCPA administrative offices at .


  • 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 15. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in late June.
  • 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 June and December of each year, including but not limited to the National Women’s Accounting & Leadership Conference, 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:

AZ Tucson
CA Los Angeles
DC Metro
FL South Florida
GA Georgia
NJ New Jersey
NY New York
TX Houston
UT Utah
WI Madison

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