Scholarship Awards

Scholarship Announcement: 2017-2018

This academic year, the Association of Government Accountants, Chicago Chapter, announced two scholarship awards, the Excellence in Accounting or Finance and the Matthew Matczynski in Leadership/ Community Involvement Awards.  Both scholarship awards are open to current college students (undergraduate or graduate students) in the field of Accounting and Finance studies for $1,000 each.

  • The Excellence in Accounting or Finance Award will be awarded to a student with at least an overall GPA of 3.0/ 4.0 scale and has completed an essay question and provided two non-family references.
  • The Matthew Matczynski Award in Leadership/ Community Involvement will be awarded to a student with at least an overall GPA of 2.5/ 4.0 scale and has demonstrated strong leadership qualities and community service involvement through an essay question.

The awards are restricted to students from Illinois or Greater Chicagoland Area higher education institutions.

The scholarship application forms have been posted on the AGA Chicago Chapter website at:

Scholarship

Reference

Essay

Community Service

For more information about the two awards and the required paperwork and guidelines, please contact Chanel Castaneda (ccastaneda@agachicago.org)

AGA-Chicago Chapter Presents Two Scholarship Awards 2016-2017

The AGA Chicago Chapter is proud to announce that it is has awarded one scholarship for Fall 2016 semester.  Deyna Parvanova, a student at the College of DuPage, was awarded AGA’s Excellence in Accounting or Finance Award.  The scholarship recognizes outstanding college students in the field of accounting or finance who have achieved positive academic records and been rated highly by professional references.  The scholarship recipient received $500 towards her tuition and a free AGA student membership.

The Excellence in Accounting or Finance Award and the Leadership/ Community Involvement Award are two scholarships offered by the AGA Chicago Chapter to current college students (undergraduate or graduate students) in the field of Accounting and  Finance studies.  The awards are restricted to students from Illinois or Greater Chicagoland Area institutions of higher education.  The AGA Chicago Chapter will be announcing another scholarship opportunity in 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact Chanel Castaneda (ccastaneda@agachicago.org).

This Fall/Winter, AGA-Chicago Chapter is announcing two scholarship awards, the Excellence in Accounting or Finance and the Leadership/ Community Involvement Awards.  Both scholarship awards are open to current college students (undergraduate or graduate students) in the field of Accounting and  Finance studies for $500 each.  The Excellence in Accounting or Finance Award will be awarded to a student with at least an overall GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale and has completed an essay question and provided two references.  The Leadership/ Community Involvement Award will be awarded to a student with at least an overall GPA of 2.5/4.0 scale and has demonstrated strong leadership qualities and community service involvement through an essay question.  The awards are restricted to students from Illinois or Greater Chicagoland Area institutions of higher education.  Electronic and mailed submissions are due December 9th, 2016 (11:59 pm CST), and announcement of the awardees will be March of 2017.  If you would like more information about the two awards and the required paperwork and guidelines, please contact Chanel Castaneda (ccastaneda@agachicago.org).

Please complete the below four forms.

Scholarship

Reference

Essay

Community Service

AGA Chicago Chapter Presents Two Scholarships

The AGA Chicago Chapter is proud to announce that it is has awarded two scholarships for Fall 2015 semester.  Tosha Kadakia, a junior at Loyola University, was awarded AGA’s first Excellence in Accounting or Finance Award.  The scholarship recognizes outstanding college students in the field of accounting or finance who have achieved positive academic records and been rated highly by professional references.  Maria Elena Flores, a senior at DeVry University, was awarded AGA’s first Leadership/ Community Involvement Award.  The scholarship also recognizes outstanding college students in the field of accounting or finance who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and community service qualities.  Both scholarship recipients each received $500 towards their tuition and a free AGA student membership.

The Excellence in Accounting or Finance Award and the Leadership/ Community Involvement Award are two scholarships offered by the AGA Chicago Chapter to current college students (undergraduate or graduate students) in the field of Accounting and  Finance studies.  The awards are restricted to students from Illinois or Greater Chicagoland Area institutions of higher education.  The AGA Chicago Chapter will be announcing another scholarship opportunity in 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact Chanel Castaneda (ccastaneda@agachicago.org).

 

Meet our AGA Chicago Chapter Scholarship Recipients

Tosha Kadakia – I am a junior undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago, majoring in Accounting and minoring in Health Systems Management, who will graduate in May of 2017.  One of my favorite quotes by Mahatma Gandhi is, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Being an observer and looking into the world, I will use my education in accounting as well as my valuable experiences as a student, leader, and intern to make a difference in this world and to help people.  As a striving licensed CPA and a healthcare tax consultant, I desire longevity with a firm. I plan to move up the ranks, and my ultimate dream is to manage my own hospital one day.  I am grateful that Loyola offers me a combination of a quality education and endless opportunities for advancement.  I initially became familiar with the Association of Government Accountants through my Audit class and furthered explored the organization through Loyola’s Business Career Services Center.  The AGA Scholarship means a lot to my family and me.  Finances for education are always a critical component to consider.  Knowing that I have additional assistance encourages me.  This scholarship is symbolic of my perspective on life as the “glass half full”.  This scholarship re-assures me that all my hard-work, dedication, and discipline to my academics and development will bring me one step closer to my mission of making a difference in this world and helping others.  With my hard work and determination, I strive to exceed Loyola University Chicago’s expectations.

Maria Elena Flores – I am a Dean’s List senior at DeVry University scheduled to graduate at the end of Spring of 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Accounting. I plan to continue my education at DeVry University to earn a Master’s Degree in Accounting. As an inducted member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, I look forward to transferring my technical and leadership skills into the governmental accounting sector.  My mission is simple. I want to develop and grow personally and have the opportunity to bring my leadership skills to build a socially responsible ethical workplace. I want my education to prepare me to work within an organization where I can make a positive difference.  I heard about the Fall 2015 Scholarship Award through one of the Professors at DeVry University, Dr. Kasthuri Henry. As the recipient of the AGA Chicago Chapter’s Leadership/ Community Involvement Scholarship award, I welcome the opportunity to pay it forward by serving the chapter in a meaningful way.

 

Professional Awards

Chapter Service Award
For active members of the Association that have consistently made important contributions to the development and enhancement of the Chicago Chapter during the program year July 1, 2015 to May 15, 2016.

 

Eddie Jones: Eddie Jones was nominated for leading the Chapter in community service events.  His initiative in this area is an important contribution in engaging Chapter members to donate their time in helping others and meeting people from all walks of life.  Because of Eddie’s hard work, the Chapter has had a volunteer event once a month as well a successful food drive during this year’s PDT.

 

Chanel Castaneda: Chanel Castaneda was nominated for her creation in the Chapter’s Excellence in Accounting or Finance and the Leadership/ Community Involvement Awards.  The Excellence in Accounting or Finance Award and the Leadership/ Community Involvement Award are two scholarships offered by the AGA Chicago Chapter to current college students (undergraduate or graduate students) in the field of Accounting and  Finance studies.  The awards are restricted to students from Illinois or Greater Chicagoland Area institutions of higher education.  AGA – Chicago Chapter hopes to offer these scholarships twice a year.

 

Crystal Currier:  Crystal Currier was nominated for the exceptional work that she does on the Chapter’s monthly newsletter and the Chapter’s website.  Crystal took over the Chapter newsletter and website when the Chapter needed someone to fill both positions.  As a result of Crystal taking over the Chapter newsletter, the Chapter resumed issuing monthly chapter newsletter, and the newsletters she worked on have been issued in a timely manner.  Furthermore, Crystal has made improvements to the template that is used for the newsletter as well as made improvements to the Chapter website.  Lastly, Crystal has worked on the Chapter’s cloud document retention system.

 

Frank Moy:  Frank Moy was nominated for his  notable contributions toward improving government financial management knowledge of his colleagues and Chapter members.  Throughout the 2015/2016 program year, Frank has donated many volunteer hours to planning the Chapter’s educational program.  He spearheaded the NASBA CPE application process by serving as the sole liaison and coordinating submission of the many needed documents.  In addition, Frank collaborated with the Education & Program  Committee to develop the Chapter’s education policy.  These efforts led to the Chapter being approved as a NASBA sponsor through April 1, 2017.

 

Special Achievement Award
For notable contributions toward improving government financial management, accounting or auditing in government during July 1, 2015 through May 15, 2016.

 

CJ Carter: CJ Carter was nominated for the Special Achievement by multiple CEC members for her continuous contribution to the AGA – Chicago Chapter.  She has worked tirelessly to attend various events on behalf of the AGA to obtain and secure speakers for the 2016 AGA PDT as well as the monthly educations events.  She also volunteered to go multiple events to secure potential speakers and to gain insight on ways to help the AGA prosper.

 

Dr. Kasthuri Henry:  Dr Kasthuri Henry was nominated for the Special Achievement Award for her notable contributions toward improving government financial management through her outstanding leadership roles in government and private sector, and her excellence in teaching.  Dr. Henry was featured as a keynote speaker for the 2016 All Star PDT where she shared critical insights on “Leading with Your Soul” as a government manager.  Dr. Henry has served as an advisor to the AGA Chicago Chapter providing advice for  educational events, collaborating with other associations/professionals and increasing membership.  Her efforts have contributed to an increase in the Chapter’s membership, which has grown by over 20% since April 2015.

 

Adriane McCoy:  Adriane D. McCoy was nominated for a Special Achievement Award for her contributions toward recruiting new members to the AGA-Chicago Chapter and her notable contributions toward improving government financial management.  Her enthusiasm and zeal for AGA’s mission is evident in her work product and professional accomplishments.  Adriane joined the AGA Chicago Chapter’s Executive Committee as the Membership Director in January 2016.  In this short time period,  her efforts have contributed to the 20% increase in the Chapter’s membership.