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ICMA Conference Scholarship Recipients 2019

The ICMA Annual Conference is scheduled for October 3-6, 2021, in Portland, Oregon. The 2021 conference will be in person and will also have a full digital option.

Details are below and the application will open soon. 

Limited resources are a challenge for many ICMA members in their pursuit of gaining the tools they need to better manage their communities. In order to help members experience the difference that the ICMA Annual Conference has made for so many others, ICMA offers the opportunity to apply for conference assistance.

ICMA’s Conference Assistance is divided into three application categories:

  1. Early Career Professional 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 might be considered during the evaluation process. (See note under "How to Apply.")
  2. Workplace Diversity is open to any ICMA member who is female, a minority, or identifies as LGBTQ.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate (through additional information included in a required essay) how their background merits receipt of an equity award 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 award, although those factors may be considered during the evaluation process.
  3. Small Community Employee is open to any member serving in a small community with limited financial resources. Applicants can self-select to apply for this award. There is no minimum salary requirement, although salary might be considered during the evaluation process. 

Conference Assistance Awards: 

  • The top six ranked candidates in each category will be awarded a complimentary in-person registration 
  • Candidates ranked seven through nine in each category will receive a complimentary digital registration

Conference Assistance Eligibility

To be eligible for any of ICMA’s Conference Assistance (Early Career Professional, Workplace Diversity, Small Community Employee), an applicant must:

  • Be a member of ICMA at time of application. Visit the website to join.
  • Be a full-time local government employee (not a part-time intern).
  • Submit a completed application (see below).
  • Demonstrate, through a 500-word (or less) essay, an avid interest in a career in local government management.

*Previous in person conference attendance may impact an individual's eligibility for conference assistance. 

Additional Requirements

  • Scholarship recipients must submit bio and headshot.

Eligible candidates can submit an application to multiple categories, if they meet the requirements.

Candidates for Conference Assistance Fellowships and Scholarships must be ICMA members at time of application. To apply for membership, contact ICMA’s Membership Services Department at 202/962-3680; membership@icma.org, or visit the website to join.  


Other Scholarship Opportunities

Stene Academic Scholarship Program | Closes August 20, 2021

Each year, ICMA selects a graduate school student as the recipient of its Edwin O. Stene Academic Scholarship, named in memory of Kansas University Professor Edwin O. Stene. ICMA provides the Stene Scholarship recipient with complimentary registration to its annual conference as well as $1,500 to be applied toward assisting the student with school-related financial requirements. 

Stene Scholarship Eligibility

Students enrolled by September of the year preceding the annual conference as full-time graduate students specializing in local government at a college or university recognized by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and 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 the following:

  • A personal essay of 500 words or less that demonstrates the student’s interest in local government and includes relevant professional and personal examples.
  • A letter of sponsorship from one of the following: department head, dean, or director of a related program in which the applicant is enrolled.
  • A letter of recommendation from one of the following: a local government manager, previous employer, or an additional academician.
  • Copies of graduate transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).

You cannot apply for this award online. Submit scanned copies of all materials to scholarships@icma.org. By submitting letters of recommendation and transcripts, the applicant certifies these documents are accurate and have not been altered.

ICMA Members in Transition

MITs are granted complimentary registration to the ICMA Annual Conference. There is a limited amount of funds available to provide travel stipends to MIT members. Interested parties should contact Rosalyn Ceasar at rceasar@icma.org or 202/962-3544.

If you are not a member, take advantage of ICMA's Join, Go, Save

If you have been considering joining ICMA and/or attending the Annual Conference, join ICMA between July 14-October 1, register for the 2021 ICMA Annual Conference, and get half off your first year’s dues (a savings up to $700). Get the details.

Direct all questions about Conference Assistance to scholarships@icma.org; 202-962-3551.


Meet the 2020 Annual Conference Assistance Scholarship Winners

Young Professional Scholarship


Harrison Fry, MPA candidate 

Harrison serves as the assistant city administrator and community development director for Lake Ozark, Missouri.  Prior to serving in this role, he worked for Paducah, Kentucky, while pursuing an MPA from Murray State University. He also attended Murray State for his undergraduate studies, focusing on management.  A native of South Fulton, Tennessee, Harrison is passionate about economic development and community engagement, working closely with the Lake Ozark team to grow the community and the organization that serves it.


Jessica Muirhead, MPA 

Jessica is the senior program manager for municipal services at the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) in Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to joining CRCOG, she was an award-winning administrator in higher education for 10 years. Jessica has served in leadership roles for diversity and equity initiatives and as an executive board member at a university women's center. She remains dedicated to advancing equity in public service through collaborative work.


Stella Carr, MPA 

A spring 2020 alumna of Arizona State University's MPA program where she was a Marvin Andrews Fellow, Stella now serves as the first sustainability director for Lexington, Massachusetts. She has had a lifelong passion for public service and environmental sustainability and is thankful for the opportunity to start her local government career in a way that combines the things she cares most about. Stella looks forward to continuing her career serving the public as best she can as a member of ICMA, as it has already provided her great opportunities.

Small Community Scholarship


Dawn L. Wucki-Rossbach, BA, MPA 

Dawn has spent 33 years in local government management and is now serving as the first village administrator for Maple Park, Illinois. She previously served as business manager for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and as assistant village manager of Carpentersville.  She has also worked for the villages of Hinsdale, Libertyville, Mount Prospect, and Roselle. Dawn received a bachelor's degree in public administration and political science from Augustana College and an MPA from Northern Illinois University.


Victor Hugo Sanchez, BA

Victor is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho, with a bachelor of arts in public policy and administration. He is a city councilman in Ririe, a community in Southeastern Idaho. With a passion for community service, Victor is striving to learn sound practices and principles to apply at home and throughout the world. 

Workplace Diversity Scholarship


Heidi Arely Rivera

Heidi is serving as an executive assistant for the assistant chief of the Fire Chief’s Office. She has worked with Fairfax County for 2 years and is currently with the Fire and Rescue Department. She aspires to work with the Fire and Rescue Department long term and help change their workplace demographics to better serve its diverse community. Heidi's goal in attending this conference is to learn and engage with those from other jurisdictions to find opportunities for open discussion and collaboration.