Conference Scholarship Available, Applications Due May 4th

2015 NCLGBA Conference Scholarship Program

Application Deadline May 4th
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What motivates you to be a local government budget professional?

NCLGBA events are a great opportunity to enhance professional skills and network with hundreds of your colleagues. Whatever motivates you to slog through budget requests and re-add numbers that don’t add up, twice a year we gather to share, compare notes and learn from each other. And — to welcome new budgeteers!

The NCLGBA board is excited to extend financial support, to go along with that offer of welcome, through the 2015 NCLGBA Conference Scholarship Program. First-time conference attendees — whether current Masters’ of Public Administration or Public Policy students, interns or otherwise new to our field — can apply for a scholarship to join us in education, networking and advocacy.  The scholarship provides conference registration and two nights hotel stay to attend the upcoming summer conference July 8-10, 2015 at Shell Island Resort or our winter conference in December 2015.

We ask applicants about their motivation for becoming (or studying to become) a local government budget professional and about how we, as budget professionals, can each impact the community. Please pass along the attached application to the new person in your office, the interns, or MPA/MPP students who may be interested in this scholarship opportunity. Encourage them to participate in the NCLGBA, and to consider what motivates them as they enter our field and share what motivates you.

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The deadline for applications is Monday, May 4, 2015. The winner will be announced May 13.


Please send completed applications to Heather Drennan, Any

Who is Eligible:

First-time conference attendees, including interns, current students or others new to the field.

Applications Accepted for 2012 Conference Scholarship Program

Each year, NCLGBA offers students of MPA programs in North Carolina with an interest in local budgeting an opportunity to apply for “scholarships” to one of our conferences. The deadline for applications is April 9th.

Click Here to Download NCLGBA Scholarship Application


Eligibility Requirements

  • You are an active student and in good standing in one of the programs listed above.
  • You have an interest in working for local government in North Carolina or the region.
  • You are within two calendar years of completing a Master’s level program (at the time of application).
Award Description
  • Up to four recipients will receive two nights’ hotel accommodations and covered registration fees for either the Summer (July) or Winter (December) NCLGBA Conference. Dates and locations vary year to year so please visit for the most current information.
  • Recipients must use the scholarship at one of the two conferences in the year awarded.
  • Recipients will be recognized at the Summer Conference.
Award Criteria
Write a maximum one page essay on the following:

How will the current students of public administration impact North Carolina’s future?

Essay reviewers will rank submissions based on several factors including: clarity, grammar, and overall writing skills. References to budget innovation are encouraged. Written communication is critical to our profession and this exercise will reward excellent writing.


Click Here for a Scholarship ApplicationApplications may be submitted from March 9 through midnight April 9. Submit your application via email to with the words NCLGBA Scholarship Program in the Subject line. There is a maximum of one (1) application and essay submission allowed per student.

From NCLGBA Board Member Matt Brinkley:

One of the many benefits to students that attend the conferences is the potential to network with local government officials. Students will also hear from an excellent slate of presenters about all kinds of issues and opportunities that North Carolina local governments are dealing with right now.

Please help us to get the word out & we look forward to seeing your students at one of our upcoming conferences!