The Ritchie‐Jennings Memorial Scholarship
Program was created in honor of Tracy Ritchie, CFE, and Larry Jennings, CFE who
both died in a terrorist attack in Pakistan on November 12, 1997. Through this
scholarship program, the ACFE Foundation works to encourage students to pursue
careers in fraud examination and provide resources for research on the
detection and deterrence of fraud. To date, nearly half a million dollars has
been awarded to over 300 students to help further their education.
awards include one $10,000 scholarship, two $5,000 scholarships, four $2,500
scholarships and twenty‐three $1,000 scholarships. All scholarship awards include a
Student Associate Membership.
Scholarship period is OPEN
must be currently enrolled full‐time (either 9 semester hours as an
undergraduate or 6 semester hours as a post‐graduate) at an accredited four‐year college or university.
be enrolled for the 2012‐2013 year
have a declared major or minor in accounting, business administration, finance,
or criminal justice
Steps to apply:
the online Ritchie‐Jennings Memorial Scholarship Application and Questionnaire
transcript(s) showing all completed college or university courses (unofficial
transcripts are acceptable).
three letters of recommendation. It is preferable that at least one letter be
submitted from a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
2012‐2013 Scholarship Schedule:
Deadline - completed online on or before
February 3, 2012
Award Recipients Announced - April 20, 2012
Awards Distributed - April 30, 2012
information or questions about the Ritchie‐Jennings Memorial Scholarship
Program, contact Lupe De Leon, Scholarship Program Coordinator at (800) 245‐3321 / +1 (512) 478‐9000 or by email at Scholarships@ACFE.com.
Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program was named after two members of
the ACFE, Larry Jennings, CFE, CPA, 49; and Tracy Ritchie, CFE, CPA, 41; both
of Houston, Texas. They were among five people fatally wounded when terrorists
in Karachi, Pakistan fired upon their vehicle on Nov. 14, 1997. All five were
employees of Houston-based Union Texas Petroleum Holdings Inc. Mr. Ritchie
served as senior audit supervisor and Mr. Jennings served as audit manager for
the company. They were en route to Union Texas' Karachi office.
men exemplified the true spirit of our organization with their devotion to
detecting, investigating and deterring fraud and white-collar crime," said
Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, Chairman and founder of the ACFE.