Houston ACFE Chapter Donates $5,340 to Scholarship Program


Mandy Moody, CFE
ACFE Social Media Specialist

Last year, the Houston ACFE Chapter made assisting the ACFE Foundation one of its top priorities for 2013. In an effort to show their commitment, they collected, matched and donated $5,340 to the ACFE Foundation and the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program in January.

“We are excited that our members and board came together to contribute to the scholarship program. In my opinion, ACFE Chapters are in the best position to help drive awareness and generate support for the scholarship program,” said Houston ACFE Chapter President Ryan Hubbs. “Scholarships get distributed to local members or individuals interested in the anti-fraud profession. Scholarship candidates must also interface with local CFEs and get recommendations to be considered for the award. In the end, award recipients end up joining, volunteering, and in some instances leading the local chapters.”

The mission of the ACFE Foundation is to increase the body of anti-fraud knowledge by supporting future anti-fraud professionals worldwide through the funding of the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program. The 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. Ritchie served as senior audit supervisor and Jennings served as audit manager for Houston-based Union Texas Petroleum Holdings Inc.

James D. Ratley, CFE, President and CEO of the ACFE commented on the contribution. “The Houston chapter has made all of us proud through their commitment to raising funds for the Ritchie-Jennings Foundation and Scholarship Program. Their fundraising efforts will directly assist future anti-fraud professionals at the university level. The Houston chapter’s dedication to the program also serves as an inspiration to chapters around the world that they, too, can make a difference and help support the foundation of our profession, both now and in the future."

Learn more about the ACFE Foundation and the Ritchie-Jennings Scholarship Program.