For over 30 years, the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting (EFWA) has been helping women move into, and ahead in, the accounting profession. The Journal spoke with foundation president Genevieve Gallagher, CPA, about the foundations general goals and its most recent developments.
The EFWA just announced funding for a second Woman-in-Transitionformerly known as a Displaced HomemakerScholarship. Said Gallagher, This is for a woman striving to improve her situation who would like to enter the profession but cant afford to. It provides $4,000 a year for four years. The EFWA also offers Laurels Scholarships, from $1,250 to $5,000 a year, primarily for women CPAs pursuing advanced degrees and careers in teaching. These can be used as research grants to help women complete projects that lead to tenure, said Gallagher.
Women CPAs can turn to the foundation for leadership trainingtwo-hour CPE courses covering goal-setting and management and other skills. Working with the American Society of Women Accountants and the American Womans Society of CPAs, the EFWA also provides grants for position papers.
For more information about the foundation, write to the EFWA, P.O. Box 1925, Southeastern, Pennsylvania 19399, or call 610-407-9229.