Through the ACFE Foundation, the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program supports students worldwide who have an interest in pursuing a career in fraud examination and wish to develop their knowledge, skills and abilities associated with a fraud examination or similar path.
The scholarship 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 November 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.
Scholarship applicants must currently be enrolled full-time and similarly enrolled during the 2018-2019 academic year at an accredited, four-year college or university. Applicants must have a declared major or minor in accounting, business administration, finance, criminal justice and demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in fraud examination or similar anti-fraud profession.
The following persons are not eligible to apply:
-Past scholarship award recipients
-High school students (including seniors)
-Junior college or community college students
-College or university students graduating in 2018 (students must be enrolled through 2019)
-ACFE Chapter officers or directors
Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible:
-Undergraduates must be enrolled 9 semester hours (or equivalent) per term
-Graduates must be enrolled 6 semester hours (or equivalent) per term
-Complete the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship application online
-Be currently enrolled at an accredited, four-year college or university with enrollment through the 2018-2019 academic year
-Upload Official Transcript(s) showing all completed college or university courses
-Two recommendation forms must be submitted on behalf of the applicant*
*At least one letter is preferred to be from a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) or professor. Students are encouraged to meet with a Local ACFE chapter to become acquainted with a CFE. Additional Letters of Recommendation should be requested from an individual who may be familiar with your fraud-related education, activities, interests, goals, and anti-fraud career path such as an employer or professor.
During the application process, you will provide information on two recommenders. These individuals will receive a link to upload their individual recommendation forms on your behalf.