Past Scholarship Winners


2017 Babak Azma

Babak is scheduled to graduate from George Mason in December 2017 and is an accounting major with a 3.97 GPA. He is a member of the GMU Accounting Honors Program, member of the National Society of Collegiate Students, and was on the Dean’s list in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

From Babak:

“When I moved to the United States in 2009, I knew I wanted to continue my education and enjoy an amazing college experience. I started working 4 months after my arrival and my first step to pursue my education goals was going to NOVA community college. After three years I finished my Business Administration Associate degree with a GPA of 4.00 and transferred right away to George Mason University. Having a full-time job and maintaining good grades at school has been a real challenge so far, but I’ve managed to handle both perfectly. Here I am, a senior at George Mason University, have landed an internship with GEICO,  and am the new AFWA DC chapter scholarship winner.”


2016 Jessica Castrignano

jessicacastrignanoJessica is a senior at the Kogod School of Business, American University in Washington, D.C. She will graduate in December 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. Following graduation, she will be furthering her accounting education by enrolling in the Masters of Science in Accounting program at the Kogod School of Business, American University from January 2017 to December 2018. During the summer of 2016, Jessica was an Assurance Intern in the Financial Services Department for EY  in the McLean Virginia office. When not studying, Jessica is a Supplemental Instructor for Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting for American University where she assists students who have trouble with accounting-related topics. Jessica is very excited for this opportunity and for what the future brings in her accounting career.


2015 Catrina Wolfe

CatrinaThe 2015-2016 recipient was Catrina Wolfe.  Catrina is an undergraduate Accounting major at George Mason University. Prior to attending George Mason, Ms. Wolfe attended Northern Virginia Community College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Wolfe first became interested in accounting when she took an introductory class to help her balance the books for her photography business. After realizing that she enjoyed photography too much to continue with it as a business, Ms. Wolfe changed her major and now intends to become a CPA. 


2014 Yixuan (Pearl) Zhang

Pearl ZhangThe 2014-2015 recipient was Yixuan (Pearl) Zhang.  Pearl is an undergraduate student at the R.H. Smith Business School of University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Zhang pursues a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in business and management. She seeks to learn necessary social, communicative, and management skills in people and organization development. From Organizational Management, she strives to learn good leadership and teamwork abilities presented in the workforce.


2013 Ksenia McCracken

The 2013-2mccracken014 recipient was Ksenia McCracken. Ksenia graduated Northern Virginia Community College in May 2012 with a 3.95 cumulative GPA. She studied in Russia and took six semester of coursework in Economics and Mathematics and can write, read, and speak Russian fluently. The AFWA DC Chapter scholarship assisted Ksenia in completing her senior year at Marymount University with a Bachelor’s in Accounting in May, 2014.


2012 Lien Nyugen

The 2012-Lien Nyugen2013 recipient was Lien Nyugen.  The AFWA DC Chapter scholarship assisted Lien in completing her senior year at George Mason University (GMU) where she was a Dean’s List student, with a 3.5 GPA.   Since 2009, Lien has actively participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsored by the IRS, spending over 200 hours helping low-income individuals prepare their tax returns.  In addition, she was an officer of Green Club at Northern Virginia Community College, which strives to bring awareness of environmental issues.


To learn more about the AFWA DC Chapter Scholarship, please visit the scholarship information page.