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Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program
The ACFE Foundation supports the education of students worldwide enrolled in accounting, business, finance and criminal justice who wish to pursue a career in fraud examination or similar anti-fraud profession. Students worldwide are eligible to apply and four different scholarship amounts are awarded: one $10,000 scholarship, two $5,000 scholarships, four $2,500 scholarships and twenty-three $1,000 scholarships. The Ritchie-Jennings Memorial scholarships are awarded in U.S. dollars and include a one-year ACFE Student Associate membership. Scholarships will be paid directly to a student’s university.
The Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program was named after two members of the ACFE, Larry Jennings, CFE, CPA, 49; and Tracy Ritchie, CFE, CPA, 41; both of Houston, Texas. They were among five people fatally wounded when terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan fired upon their vehicle on Nov. 14, 1997. All five were employees of Houston-based Union Texas Petroleum Holdings Inc. Mr. Ritchie served as senior audit supervisor and Mr. Jennings served as audit manager for the company. They were en route to Union Texas' Karachi office. Surviving spouses Jacqueline Ritchie and Deborah Jennings are proud that their husbands' names are associated with the program, which was established in 1992. "I can't think of a more appropriate way to honor Larry and Tracy," said Mrs. Jennings. "I'm very pleased that the program is named in their honor," said Mrs. Ritchie. "It's very fitting. My husband enjoyed being part of the Association. This is a wonderful cause," she said. Mrs. Ritchie and Mrs. Jennings have raised funds for the program and ACFE members help underwrite the scholarship fund with their donations. "Both men exemplified the true spirit of our organization with their devotion to detecting, investigating and deterring fraud and white-collar crime," said Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, Chairman and founder of the ACFE.
2014-2015 Scholarship Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply, the applicant must currently be enrolled full-time and similarly enrolled during the 2014-2015 academic year with a declared major or minor in accounting, business administration, finance or criminal justice at an accredited, four-year college or university. Undergraduates must be enrolled 9 semester hours (or equivalent) per term and graduates must be enrolled 6 semester hours (or equivalent) per term.
To be considered, applicants must complete the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship application with the following:
Official transcript(s) showing all completed college or university courses
Three letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be obtained from an individual who may have worked with you in a professional or educational capacity such as an instructor or employer. At least one letter is preferred to be from a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Students are encouraged to meet with a local ACFE chapter to become acquainted with a CFE.
The following persons are not eligible to apply for the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship:
Past scholarship award recipients
High school students (including seniors)
Junior college or community college students
College or university students graduating in 2014 (students must be enrolled through 2015)
2014-2015 Scholarship Schedule:
Application Deadline – completed online by February 4, 2014Scholarship Award Recipients Announced – April 18, 2014 Scholarship Awards Distributed – April 30, 2014
Selection and Non-discrimination Policy
Scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of:
Completed scholarship application
Overall academic achievement demonstrated by transcripts
The ACFE Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability or sexual orientation in any of its programs or activities.
Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Award Winners
Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship recipients. In addition to the scholarship award, each recipient has received a one-year ACFE Student Membership.
Make a Donation Today Please help to support the program by mailing your contribution payable to the ACFE Foundation. Contributions and questions should be addressed to: Attn: Scholarship Program Coordinator Global Headquarters - The Gregor Building 716 West Avenue Austin, TX 78701 USA (800) 245-3321 (U.S. & Canada only) Phone: +1 (512) 478-9000 Fax: +1 (512) 276-8127 Email: Scholarships@ACFE.com
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