Melinda Crutchfield, president of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, presented the Donna E. Crutcher scholarship memorial plaque to family members of longtime Lebanon resident and chapter member Donna Crutcher.
Crutcher died May 11 from complications arising from a battle with breast cancer.
The chapter awards one $1,500 scholarship and five $1,000 scholarships to outstanding Middle Tennessee students pursuing a career in business, criminal justice or law. Scholarships are awarded each year in June. This year, all scholarships were dedicated to the memory of Ms. Crutcher. Beginning in 2015, the top scholarship award of $1,500 will be designated as the Donna E. Crutcher Memorial Scholarship.
Crutcher was a 1977 graduate of Lebanon High School, Cumberland University and Middle Tennessee State University. Crutcher was a certified public accountant, certified fraud examiner, certified government financial manager and 30-year career staff member in the Tennessee Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury. In addition to a successful career in state government, Crutcher co-owned C&W Properties and Professional Management & Development, LLC with business partner Debbie Williams and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
With more than 200 members, the chapter’s primary mission is to reduce the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime and to assist its membership with detection and deterrence.
Serving the entire Middle Tennessee region as the representative of the ACFE, the chapter and its members support the mission through educational programs and seminars, networking opportunities and college scholarships.
Information about the chapter and scholarships can be found at middletennesseecfe.org.