AFERM Scholarships

In September, AFERM announced the AFERM RIMS-CRMP-FED and George Mason University Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Program Scholarship opportunities. We appreciate all that applied and are proud to announce the 2020 recipients of these scholarships.


Darlene BennettWe are excited to announce Darlene Bennett as this year’s recipient of the AFERM RIMS-CRMP-FED Scholarship! This scholarship is awarded to a federal professional who possesses the desire and understands the importance of advancing the practice of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) in the Federal Government. Darlene is the Director of Enterprise Risk Management at OPNAV N1 Enterprise Support within the Department of the Navy. The selection committee was impressed with Darlene’s dedication to advancing ERM in the defense sector and the progress she has made in her own program. Her scholarship will be used to attend a RIMS-CRMP-FED Workshop and cover RIMS-CRMP-FED exam fees, for use until December 31, 2021. Congratulations Darlene!

AFERM/George Mason University CRO Scholarship Program

In Memory of Jeanne Spencer

Angela CraneWe are excited to announce Angela Crane as this year’s recipient of the AFERM GMU CRO Program Scholarship, in honor of Jeanne Spencer! The GMU CRO Program is focused on preparing individuals to effectively execute the practices of a CRO in today’s rapidly changing business environment. This scholarship is named in memory of Jeanne Spencer, who was a friend to AFERM and instrumental in standing up the GMU CRO Program. Angela is the Deputy Chief Risk Officer at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance. The selection committee was impressed by Angela’s involvement with AFERM, the wide range of programs she oversees, and her desire to advance ERM within her own agency and the federal community. Her scholarship will be used toward tuition for the George Mason University Chief Risk Officer Executive Development Program (GMU CRO Program). Congratulations Angela!