Members in transition. Young professionals. Small community employees. Many ICMA members are challenged by limited resources in their pursuit of gaining the very resources they need to better manage their communities.
To help members experience the difference the ICMA Annual Conference has made for so many others, ICMA is accepting applications to its 2013 Conference Assistance and Stene Academic Scholarship Programs. The deadline for all applications is Monday, May 20, 2013. Late applications will not be accepted.
Think attending an ICMA conference won't make a difference in your career? Think again! Chris Anderson, City Manager of Central City, Nebraska, and ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Vice President, tells how attending the 1995 Annual Conference as a Young Professional Scholarship awardee helped transform a job into a career. Read or listen to Chris' story.
Member-in-Transition, Robert Whritenour of Falmouth, Massachusetts, had the following to say about receiving the MIT scholarship in 2011:
"Last year I received a member in transition scholarship. At a very trying time in my life, the scholarship helped me stay in firm contact with the profession and my colleagues. I built tremendous strength and a sense of well-being from this opportunity, and I had a wonderful conference. I also carried the strength with me throughout the remainder of my transition period. Thank you ICMA for a wonderful experience and for the support exactly when I needed it."
Conference Assistance Scholarships
ICMA’s Conference Assistance Scholarships are divided into four categories:
- The Young Professional Scholarship is open to any ICMA member with three years’ or fewer experience as a full-time local government employee. There is no minimum salary requirement, although salary may be considered during the evaluation process.
- The Workplace Diversity Scholarship is open to women and minorities. It is the applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate (through additional information included in a required essay) how his or her background merits receipt of a diversity scholarship and how the local government and the community served will benefit from the individual’s conference attendance. There is no minimum salary or tenure cutoff for the Workplace Diversity Scholarship, although those factors may be considered during the evaluation process.
- The Member in Transition Scholarship is open to any member enrolled in ICMA's MIT program.
- The Small Community Employee Scholarship is open to any member serving in a small community with limited financial resources. Applicants may self-select to apply for this scholarship. There is no minimum salary requirement, although salary may be considered during the evaluation process.
To be eligible for any of ICMA’s Conference Assistance Scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a first-time ICMA Annual Conference attendee (this requirement is not applicable to persons applying for the MIT scholarship nor those who attended a past conference as a student member)
- Be a full-time local government employee (no part-time interns please/MITs excluded from this requirement)
- Submit a completed application form (see below)
- Demonstrate through an essay an avid interest in a career in local government management
- Submit two recommendation forms signed by local government managers or administrators who are familiar with your work.
Recipients of the Young Professional, Workplace Diversity, MIT or Small Community Employee Conference Assistance Scholarships receive complimentary registration to the ICMA Annual Conference and limited travel/hotel assistance based on distance traveled. Eligible candidates may submit an application to any or all scholarship categories. Candidates for scholarships must be ICMA members by the time they arrive at the ICMA Annual Conference in September and are eligible for a special half-price membership rate. To access a membership application, contact ICMA’s Membership Services Department at 202/962-3680; email@example.com, or visit http://icma.org/JoinICMA.
Candidates to ICMA’s Conference Assistance Scholarship Program must have submitted the application form, essay, and recommendation forms by Monday, May 20th to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding ICMA’s Annual Conference Scholarship Program should be directed to email@example.com or to Felicia Littky, Conference Scholarship Program Coordinator 202-962-3656. Application and recommendation forms are found at the bottom of this page.
Stene Academic Scholarship Program
Each year, ICMA selects a graduate school student as the recipient of its $1,000 Edwin O. Stene Academic Scholarship, named in memory of Kansas University Professor Edwin O. Stene. ICMA also will provide the Stene scholarship recipient with complimentary registration to its 2013 Annual Conference. Travel and housing expenses are not included the Stene Scholarship stipend.
Stene Scholarship Eligibility
Students enrolled by September 2012 as full-time graduate students specializing in local government at a college or university recognized by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Public Administration are eligible to apply for the Stene Scholarship. Applicants must have had little or no full-time experience in local government, internships excluded.
Applicants to the Stene Scholarship Program must submit four sets of the following:
- A 3-to-5-page personal essay that demonstrates the student’s interest in local government and includes relevant professional and personal examples
- A letter of sponsorship from the department head, dean, or director of the public administration/affairs/policy or related program in which the applicant is enrolled. Each graduate degree-granting program is permitted to sponsor only one applicant, and no student may apply without program sponsorship.
- A letter of recommendation from an academic other than the student’s program head, dean, or director
- A letter of recommendation from a local government manager, previous employer, or an additional academician
- Official transcripts of both graduate and undergraduate work. ICMA requires that students submit one original and three copies of their transcripts.
Because the guidelines for the Stene Scholarship Program require that students submit at least one original set of all sponsorship and recommendation letters and transcripts, applications to this program must have been submitted by mail only by Monday, May 20th to: ICMA Stene Scholarship Program, 777 North Capitol Street, N.E., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20002-4201. Address questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
Scholarships are also available through the following state associations. Please note some restrictions may apply:
- Iowa (1st time conference attendee or not have attended in many years; member of IaCMA)
- Illinois (1st time conference attendees only and must be a member of both ILCMA and ICMA)
- Ohio (1st time conference attendees only; member of OCMA)
2013 Conference Assistance Scholarship Application
Conference Assistance Scholarship Recommendation Form