Scholarship Program

Association of Government Accountants, Olympia Chapter 2014 Scholarship
The Olympia Chapter of AGA is offering a $1,000 scholarship for an accounting student attending the South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC). Interested students are encouraged to apply. Additional information on requirements and how to apply will be available on the SPSCC Foundation website in March: http://www.spscc.ctc.edu/alumni-and-donors/foundation/scholarship

2013 Winners

Information coming.

2012 Winners

We are pleased to announce Phuong Vo and Chong Kim as recipients of the AGA Olympia Chapter 2012 Scholarship. Each were awarded $1,000.

Phuong plans to transfer to the Evergreen State College upon completion of the AA degree at SPSCC to major in Accounting. She is 22 years old and moved here from Vietnam 1.5 years ago. The family has worked hard to adjust to new surroundings and Phuong’s family works exceptionally hard to provide for her and her siblings. Her father works 2pm to 2am without any days off, and her mother is “luckier” with 1 day off a week. Phuong chose accounting because she enjoys working with numbers, and her future goal is to run her own business, so she wants to understand it’s financial aspects. Her prior education in Vietnam is from a banking university. Phuong works hard by taking 18-20 credits a quarter and spending the rest of her time studying.

Chong is majoring in Accounting and hopes to become a CPA. He finished his first year of college in South Korea, after which he came to the US. Chong has had a dream of learning accounting for over 10 years, but has had to help out at his family’s restaurant to help them get on their feet in America. Soon marriage and kids had followed and, after closing of the family’s business, Chong has found a job in a plywood business. Though it was hard to venture out to pursue his dream, with his wife’s encouragement, Chong has decided to finally begin his studies to become a CPA. He is currently working 60 hours a week to support not only his wife and kids but his parents as well. In his essay Chong shares “About 10 years ago, I thought that the “American Dream” was to make money. Now I realized that the “American Dream” also embodies achievement and learning and I would love to give back to the community from which I receive my success.” Chong volunteers at a Korean language school, and once he becomes a CPA, he hopes to assist underprivileged people in his community.

2011 Winner

We are pleased to announce Stacie Philipi as the recipient of the AGA Olympia Chapter 2011 Scholarship. Staci was awarded $1,000.

Stacie earned a bachelor’s degree from the Evergreen State College in 2006. After taking time away from work to raise 3 children, she decided to return to SPSCC to earn her Accounting certificate while simultaneously working towards a Master’s in Business from Saint Martin’s University. Stacie’s husband is in the Army and she hopes to obtain a government job in business, accounting or adult education that would easily transfer with him.

2007 Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2007 AGA Scholarship Program is Hope Hunderfund of Hoquiam. Hope was awarded $2,000.

Hope is a graduate from Hoquiam High School and is a freshman at the University of Washington. She plans to major in Business Administration and minor in Economics. She is interested in pursuing a career in the Hospitality Industry.

2006 Winners

We are pleased to announce that the winners of the 2006 AGA Scholarship Program are Daniel Brett of Milton and Justin Bryant of Olympia. Both Daniel and Justin were awarded $2,000 at the June 6, 2006 AGA Scholarship & Recognition breakfast.

Daniel will graduate from Fife High School and plans to attend Pacific Lutheran University in the fall. His education aspirations include earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Economics. Once he is finished with his bachelors, he would like to continue on to graduate school to earn a MBA or possibly a combination MBA/JD degree.
Daniel is the President of the National Honor Society (Torch Club) at Fife High School and is the Public Relations Officer for both Fife High School’s Knowledge Bowl and Future Business Leaders of America clubs.

Justin Bryant will graduate from Olympia High School and plans to attend the University of Washington this fall where he will study Accounting. Once he attains his bachelor’s degree, he plans on continuing his education to earn a Masters in Accounting.
Justin is currently the State President for the Washington State Future Business Leaders of America club. He has been very active in business and leadership programs at Olympia High School and would like to continue with an involvement in business and accounting clubs at the University.

2005 Winner

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2005 AGA Scholarship is Katrina Colo from Shelton.

Katrina was awarded $1,000 at the May 3, 2005 AGA Scholarship & Recognition luncheon.
Katrina is a graduate of Shelton High School and is on track to complete her Associate's Degree from Lower Columbia College in June. In the fall, she will transfer to Pacific Lutheran University where she will pursue a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. After graduation, she will seek a career in accounting with a firm or a government agency.
Katrina maintained a high GPA while working 2 part-time jobs. She said that the key to her success is recognizing that the balance of responsibilities is always changing. She is a very organized, determined and motivated young woman.

We wish Katrina every success in her academic career.

2004 Winners

The Olympia Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants awarded 3-$1500 scholarships to deserving students to help each to pursue an education leading to a career in financial management. The awards were presented during the Chapter’s Recognition Luncheon in Tumwater, Washington on April 29, 2004.

In addition to the scholarship, each winner received a one-year student membership in AGA National. The winners honored at the luncheon were: Ann Jacobsen, Puyallup, Washington; Candace Shoemaker, Sumner, Washington and Damaris Cabiao, Olympia, Washington.

2003 Winners

The Olympia Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants awarded 2-$500 scholarships and 1-$2000 scholarship during the July 24, 2003 Chapter luncheon.

Receiving $500 scholarships were Emily Ellis from Spanaway, Washington and Danielle Jones from Olympia, Washington. Tova Emery, also of Olympia received the $2000 scholarship.