GFOA Awards Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has announced the recipients of its 2016 scholarships. GFOA’s mission is to enhance and promote the professional management of governments. Among the ways the GFOA accomplishes its mission is through education, training, and leadership.

The recipient of the $8,000 Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is Angela G. Barner, who will graduate in the spring of 2017 with a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the Keller Graduate School of Management-DeVry University in Orlando, Florida. Angela is currently a Senior Accountant for the School District of Osceola County in Kissimmee, Florida. Her duties include assisting with the District’s accounting operations, administering the capital leasing program, assisting in the preparation of official statements for the issuance of long-term debt, and monitoring the District’s long-term debt. Angela has also prepared sections of the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Prior to her relocation to Florida, Angela held the position of Finance Officer for the Town of Enfield, North Carolina, for almost nine years. Angela plans to continue her employment with the School District of Osceola County. Her goals include becoming a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Government Finance Officer, and the next Director of Finance for the School District of Osceola County.  

GFOA’s Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is available for award to an upper-division undergraduate or graduate student of public administration, governmental accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management).The purpose of the Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is to recognize outstanding performance by minority students preparing for careers in state and local government finance. The winner of the scholarship is invited to attend GFOA’s annual conference, where the award will be presented. This scholarship is funded by Tyler Technologies.

The eligibility requirements for the award include:

  • Currently a full- or part-time upper-division undergraduate or graduate student in public administration, governmental accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management).
  • Belong to one of the following groups (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau): Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino.
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
  • Recommendation by student’s academic advisor, department chair (undergraduate students), or dean of the graduate program (graduate students).
  • Student has not been a past winner of a scholarship administered by the Government 
    Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

For more information about the GFOA’s scholarships, please contact: 

Government Finance Officers Association
203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2700
Chicago, IL 60601-1210
Phone: 312/977-9700
Fax: 312/977-4806
www.gfoa.org