GFOA Awards Government Finance Professional Development 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 four awards for the Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship are Nancy Clark-Gonzalez, Barbara M. Newman, Kimberly J. Stein, and Jina E. Turowski. Each will receive $7,000.

  • Nancy Clark-Gonzalez will graduate in May 2015 with a Master of Business Administration degree in Management from Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia. She is currently the Assistant Director of Finance and Budget for Camden County in Woodbine, Georgia. In this position she assists with the management and supervision of accounting policies and procedures, assists with the preparation of the budget, maintains the general ledger and reviews all accounting transactions for accuracy and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, performs fiscal year end closing, and establishes the new budget in the accounting system. She previously served as an accountant with the County. Nancy plans to continue in her current position with the County as it grows and implements its new five-year strategic plan.
  • Barbara M. Newman will graduate in the Fall of 2015 with a Master of Accountancy degree from Rutgers Business School, Newark & New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is currently the Assistant Controller with the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh. In her current position she supervises employees in the areas of grants, contracts, accounts receivable and payable, and public housing accounting. She is responsible for the treasury and cash management functions, develops and implements standard operating procedures and internal controls for the Authority’s transactions, and has approval authority for cash disbursements, journal entries, and capital asset additions and disposals. Previously, she held other positions as accounting manager, financial analyst, and staff accountant with the Authority. Barbara’s ultimate career goal is to direct a department in a governmental agency or provide assistance to public authorities to develop new, cost-efficient, and effective processes that have a strong emphasis on internal control and data reliability.
  • Kimberly J. Stein will graduate in May 2015 with a Master’s degree in Accounting from American University in Washington, DC. Stein is currently the Financial Accounting Manager for the City of Rockville, Maryland. In that capacity she supervises the City’s accounting, internal audit, accounts payable, and payroll functions, establishes and maintains internal controls for finance functions, ensures adherence to generally accepted accounting principles, prepares the comprehensive annual financial report, ensures compliance with federal grant and internal revenue service requirements, and prepares offering statements related to bond issuances. Her ultimate goal is to be a Finance Director for a government.
  • Jina E. Turowski will graduate in May 2015 with a Master of Public Administration degree from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. She is currently the Finance Director for the City of Louisville, Ohio. Her responsibilities include preparing and administering the City’s annual operating budget, preparing and presenting monthly Finance Reports, updating and enforcing policies and procedures, and preparing the comprehensive annual financial report. Jina also previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Louisville City Schools, Ohio, and as the Treasurer to the Board of Education. She plans to continue working as a full-time City Finance Director.

The GFOA’s Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship is available for award to one or more employees of a state or local government enrolled in part-time graduate 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 Scholarship Reserve.

The eligibility requirements for the award include:

  • Employed at least two years by one or more state or local governments. 
  • Currently a part-time student in a graduate program in public administration, governmental accounting, finance, economics, or business administration preparing for a career in state and local government finance; student must expect to be enrolled in the Spring 2015 semester (including Spring 2015 graduates). 
  • Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent. 
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada. 
  • Recommendation by academic advisor or dean of the graduate program. 
  • Recommendation by employer. 
  • Student has not been a past winner of a scholarship program 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