GFOA Awards Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has announced the recipients of its 2015 scholarships. The 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 recipients of the two awards for the Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship are April Haring and Michelle Kinder. Each will receive $7,000.

  • April Haring will graduate in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rasmussen College. She presently serves as the City Auditor for the City of Oakes, North Dakota. In this position, April is responsible for budget preparation, administering personnel activities, supervising and maintaining utility billing and overseeing collections, and financial statement preparation. She also serves as the Community Development Director for the City where she is involved in planning, organizing, and funding numerous community projects. Prior to obtaining her current position, she was Deputy County Auditor for Dickey County, Ellendale, North Dakota. Eventually, April wants to obtain a position with a larger community in North Dakota or with the State so she can be of service to more people.
  • Michelle “Shelley” Kinder will graduate in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently, she is the Chief Financial Officer for the School District of Washington, Missouri. Her responsibilities include budget preparation, coordinating the development and implementation of a five-year financial plan, managing investments and cash flows, preparing and presenting monthly board reports, and overseeing the audit process and preparation of financial reports. Her previous position was Director of Accounting for the Wentzville School District in Missouri. Shelley plans to continue in her current position and has the goal of obtaining Standard and Poor’s AAA rating for the School District’s next bond issue.

The Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship is available for award to one or more undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in full-time study preparing for a career in state and local government finance. The winners of the scholarship were invited to attend the GFOA’s annual conference, where the awards were presented. This scholarship is funded by the Government Finance Officers Association. 

The eligibility requirements for the award include:

  • Currently a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate accounting program preparing for a career in state and local government finance. 
  • Undergraduate students must be in the process of completing at least their junior year by the time the scholarship is awarded. 
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada. 
  • Recommendation by student’s academic advisor or the chair of the accounting program. 
  • 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