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ACMA has developed the following awards and scholarships to ensure that members are recognized for outstanding service and have the opportunity to challenge themselves by participating in an international professional development program. The ACMA Board and membership is also very active in recruiting students in the field of local government management. This commitment is reflected in some of the scholarships ACMA offers.
John J. DeBolske Professional Excellence Award |
Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Manager Award |
ACMA Life Membership | Rachel Hut Bremen Associate's Award for Excellence in Leadership |
The Harvard Senior Executive Scholarship | Esser and Andrews Scholarships
Andrews and Esser Scholarships
Marvin A. Andrews Scholarship/Internship
The Andrews Scholarship was initiated in 1990 in honor of the dedicated years of service by Marvin Andrews, former City Manager of Phoenix, to local government in Arizona. The Andrews Scholarship is sponsored by ACMA and is designed to honor and financially assist Arizona students in public administration, public policy or undergrad students working towards their Masters of Public Administration degree who aspire to a career in local government management. A scholarship is awarded to a full-time student attending either Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona or Grand Canyon University who has exhibited strong academic achievement.

In addition to the monetary award, the Andrews Scholarship recipient will be given the opportunity for a paid internship stipend of $6,000 with a participating Arizona city, town, or county. The purpose of the internship is to provide the scholarship recipient with professional experience and training in an Arizona city or town with a population of less than 50,000 or a county with a population of less than 200,000. This paid summer internship is provided through ACMA Scholarship funds and matching funds from the city, town, or county providing the internship. Details for host applicants can be found here. The Andrews Scholarship recipient will also be awarded a complimentary year of ACMA Student Membership.
Scholarship Criteria

Who may apply?
Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Public Policy students as well as undergraduates in political science, planning, sustainability programs and the universities' honors colleges at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona, and Grand Canyon University are eligible to apply for the ACMA scholarships. Master students must be enrolled in a graduate program or have completed their first semester. Undergraduate students must have completed at least 72 hours by December. Those completing the fall semester in time to graduate are also eligible.

Students not selected as the recipient will have the opportunity to interview with hosts that are not selected by the scholarship recipient. If this opportunity is available, students that applied and interviewed for the internship will be notified in March.

How are the scholarships to be used?
The scholarships are intended to assist promising undergraduate/graduate students or recent graduates with funding to continue their studies or job search.

What qualities does an ACMA Scholarship recipient possess?
ACMA scholarship recipients demonstrate a strong commitment to pursuing a career in public administration at the local level in Arizona, a willingness to accept the challenges of a vigorous academic program, and a desire to succeed in their professional and/or personal endeavors.

Internship
The selected Andrews Scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to interview prospective cities, towns and counties that have submitted an application to host the Andrews intern. The recipient must be able to accept a paid summer internship in 2018. Depending on the location the recipient must be able to travel.
Charles A. Esser Memorial Scholarship
The Esser Scholarship program was initiated in 1973 in honor and memory of Charles A. Esser, former City Manager of Phoenix. Sponsored by ACMA, the scholarship is designed to honor and financially assist Arizona graduate students in public administration who aspire to a career in local government management. The scholarship is awarded annually to an MPA student attending either Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona or Grand Canyon University who is currently working or aspiring to work in local government and who has exhibited strong academic achievement.
Scholarship Criteria

Who may apply?
Graduate level public administration students attending Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona, and Grand Canyon University are eligible to apply for the ACMA scholarships. Applicant must have completed at least nine hours of course work by December. Those completing the fall semester in time to graduate are also eligible.

How are the scholarships to be used?
The scholarships are intended to assist promising graduate students or recent graduates with funding to continue their studies or job search.

What qualities does an ACMA Scholarship recipient possess?
ACMA scholarship recipients demonstrate a strong commitment to pursuing a career in public administration at the local level in Arizona, a willingness to accept the challenges of a vigorous academic program, and a desire to succeed in their professional and/or personal endeavors.

Selection Criteria
In addition to the requirements specific to each scholarship, the scholarships will be awarded on the basis of interest in local government administration in Arizona, career plans, academic achievement, school and/or community honors and activities, and financial need. The scholarship selection committee will base their decision on the applicant's completed application and a personal interview.
Students must apply through the Arizona Community Foundation. Please click on the application link below to begin your application. The 2018 application process will open in August and close early November. Interviews will be conducted the week of November 13 at the League of Arizona Cities and Towns in Phoenix. If you have questions on the scholarship or the application please contact Amy Price at aprice@azleague.org or 602-258-5786.

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The 2018 Andrews and Esser Scholarships will be awarded at the ACMA Winter Conference in Sedona on Thursday, February 1. The scholarship winners will receive complimentary membership to ACMA and complimentary registration to the 2018 ACMA Winter Conference.

Recipients of the scholarships are asked to be present at the Winter Conference to receive recognition, write an article on their internship experience or how the scholarship funds benefited them in their education/career to be included in the ACMA newsletter and assist ACMA in informing students about the following year scholarship at their university.
Arizona City/County Management Association
1820 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-258-5786 | Fax: 602-253-3874
info@azmanagement.org
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