Celebrate Excellence

Recognize outstanding accomplishments of individuals, chapters and supporters of the defense financial management community.

SDFM offers a robust recognition program that celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of its chapters, membership, the defense financial management community and students pursuing a career in financial management. This program encompasses individual and team achievement awards, scholarships, professional development grants, an essay contest, chapter recognition, and a variety of other individual based awards.

Submit a Nomination

To submit a nomination, or begin or update an application, you must log in separately to the Awards platform.  SDFM’s Awards platform is not accessible via your SDFM account.  The Awards platform also permits you to review the criteria for each award, learn how to write better nominations, and complete chapter program reports.

Rules and submission forms are available now for individual and team nominations, as well as many of the other award areas

Read about individual and team awards or submit a nomination – SDFM – (secure-platform.com) 

Submit information for a chapter award – Annual Chapter Reporting Form.

SDFM recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of its chapters, membership and the defense financial management community through its annual awards program. This program encompasses individual and team achievement awards, scholarships, educational grants, an essay contest, chapter recognition, and a variety of other individual based awards.

Each year, SDFM awards more than $35,000 in scholarships and grants to high school seniors, college students and SDFM members to provide financial assistance that they may accomplish their financial management related educational goals.

  • High School Scholarships
  • Previous Winner Scholarships
  • Members Continuing Education Grants
  • Elsie Steffany Memorial Scholarship Award

Achievement awards are presented annually to individuals and teams who have been nominated for outstanding accomplishment within one of the functional fields of comptrollership.  Achievement award nominations are due January 31.

  • Accounting Achievement Award
  • Acquisition / Cost Analysis Achievement Award
  • Auditing Achievement Award
  • Budgeting Achievement Award
  • Comptroller / Deputy Comptroller Achievement Award
  • Contractor Support Achievement Award
  • Intern/Trainee Achievement Award
  • Finance Achievement Award
  • Resource Management Achievement Award
  • Small Team Achievement Award
  • Large Team Achievement Award

Several awards are presented to SDFM members for achievements in areas such as leadership, recruitment, corporate engagement, and authorship.

  • Chapter Leadership (due April 10)
  • Corporate Member (due April 10)
  • Essay Contest  
  • Elsie Steffany Memorial Scholarship Award Due  (January 31)
  • Editorial  (chosen by Editorial Board from published submissions)
  • Membership Recruitment and Growth  (chosen based upon data from new membership applications)

There are a number of awards that recognize the many accomplishments of SDFM chapters. They are:

  • Community Service Award
  • Chapter Communications Program
  • Five Star Chapter Program
  • Membership Growth Awards
  • Neil R. Ginnetti Professional Development Award