Scholarship opportunites for students in Government Accounting include the Haley Fish Scholarship at Oregon State University.
Haley K.G. Fish (1984-2020)
Haley graduated from Oregon State University in 2006 with a plan to pursue a career in public accounting. Sticking to her playbook, she passed her CPA exam and earned her Oregon license. Within only a year and a half, Haley was a senior on one of her firm’s largest clients. While at TKW, Haley gained a respect and love for governmental accounting and the OGFOA community. She leveraged her experience with TKW into a career as a government finance officer with the cities of Canby and Milwaukie, as well as with Clackamas County, Oregon.
Haley was bright, dedicated, and loyal. While she learned her technical skills and applications on the job, her colleagues recognized that she had qualities that couldn’t be taught. Haley was strong-willed, possessed the upmost integrity, and had a deep sense of right and wrong. She was determined to change things she felt were wrong and always had a plan in place to do so. Haley volunteered on many OGFOA committees, served as treasurer of Breast Friends, a non-profit organization helping patients survive the trauma of cancer, and served on the Oregon Board of Accountancy Qualifications Committee, giving her time and expertise freely for the governmental finance community, as well as the community as a whole. Haley’s work allowed her to become close with colleagues, clients, and coworkers. So many people were touched by her through her participation in various trainings, conference panels, as well as through her meticulous mentorship and collegiality with her coworkers.
Haley had an infectious smile and impeccable sense of humor. She attended all gatherings, tailgates, and parties that she committed to – though she might have been a little late… and with a quick wink, she let everyone know that it was time to get the party started. All Haley needed was a package of Oreos, champagne, and a good group of people to make wonderful lifelong memories.
Haley was the most genuine person and when she asked “How are you?” she meant it and wanted to know how you were really doing while listening to the end... She would share what was going on with her and Chris, with her sister Shannon and husband Kyle, and how much she loved her sister Megan. She adored her parents Kathye and Mike Greene. Her favorite pastime was spending time with family – they went on hunting and fishing trips and often, Haley just loved playing with Shannon’s son, Charlie. Haley was thrilled to meet Shannon’s next child in August. In terms of friends, Haley adopted their kids as her own nieces and nephews and loved them like her own, doting on them, and sending them special gifts and messages. She tried very hard to balance her work to time with family and friends. We are grateful for those times we had with Haley.
As a strong-willed woman, Haley fought for her friends and colleagues. She fought for the way things should be – both professionally and personally. Haley was very literal, saw the world in terms of wrong and right, black and white, and in the end, perhaps the world was just too gray. We may ask ourselves what we could have done, we may revisit our last conversations with Haley eternally, but hopefully at some point, we can all just recognize that our friend that we loved so much, is gone much too early.
The Haley Fish Memorial Scholarship Fund has been created at Oregon State University to assist accounting students in their pursuit of careers in accounting and auditing. A link is provided below where contributions to the scholarship fund can be made to help ensure Haley’s legacy. We love you Haley, and we miss you. Be in peace friend.