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The Colorado Chapter of the ACFE supports the education of collegiate accounting and criminal justice students who aspire to become Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs).

Each year, the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners accepts applications for academic scholarships for the upcoming school year.  Scholarships awarded are paid directly to the student's academic institution.  We begin accepting scholarship applications in the fall (one year prior to the award term period) with the submission deadline occuring approximately February 1st (again prior to the school term award period).  2014/2015's academic scholarship winners have already been chosen. 

Below is the information for the 2015/2016 scholarships.

2015/2016 Scholarships

(The deadline for the 2015/2016 scholarships has passed - please check back at the end of this calendar year for information about next year's scholarships)

The Colorado Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is accepting applications for academic scholarships. The chapter will be awarding (in various amounts) up to $10,000 in scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Scholarships will be paid directly to the student’s university.

To be eligible, the scholarship applicant must be an ACFE Student Associate member currently enrolled full-time (9 semester hours undergraduate; 6 semester hours graduate, or equivalent per term) at an accredited Colorado four-year college or university with a declared major or minor in accounting, criminal justice, or other field related to fraud examination.

The following persons are not eligible for the CO-ACFE Scholarship:

1) Past scholarship winners,

2) High school students (including graduating seniors)

3) Students who are related to any COCFE Board Member or COCFE Scholarship Committee Member.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of: (a) overall academic achievement; (b) two letters of recommendation; (c) an interest in fraud detection, deterrence, and prevention, demonstrated through courses of study or career goals.

Application Application deadline is February 13, 2015. Scholarship winners will be notified in April 2015. The actual scholarships will be awarded at the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' monthly meeting in May 2015. Scholarships will be distributed prior to start of Fall 2015 term.

To be considered for the award applicants must submit packet in a single, continuous PDF between December 1, 2014 and February 13, 2015. Application packet should include the following items:

1) Scholarship application:  in WORD format and/or  in PDF format  

2) A copy of transcript(s), showing all completed completed college or university courses (scholarship winners may be asked to provide official transcript(s))  

3)  Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from an instructor in accounting or criminal justice. Additional recommendations may come from advisors, faculty members or employers.  

4)  An original 250- 500 word essay explaining why the applicant is seeking the scholarship and how fraud awareness will affect his or her professional career development.

5) Submit completed application to Chris Kuglin by email (you must hand type this email address in:  ckuglin at-sign 

If you have more questions, please contact Chris Kuglin. 


Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship

ACFE Scholarship Awards are available to full-time accounting and criminal justice majors. The program provides $1,000 scholarship awards for up to 30 students. Students will also receive a free one-year Student Associate membership to the ACFE.  This is a scholarship awarded by ACFE, not COCFE.

Please check this website periodically for information about the scholarship and application.  Alternatively, you can check the ACFE website at




Each chapter in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has the opportunity to nominate individuals for various awards throughout the year.

The Distinguished Achievement Award

This award is reserved for those individuals who have excelled in the profession of preventing, deterring, investigating or prosecuting white-collar crime. Click here for more information.

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