In 2017, GFOA’s Executive Board voted to create the Jeffrey L. Esser Career Development Scholarship to advance the public finance careers of individuals employed at least three years by one or more state or local governments. The scholarship is open to part-time undergraduate students seeing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Public administration, (governmental) accounting, finance, or business administration (with a specific focus on government). Applicants must have been employed at least three years by one or more state or local governments.
GFOA provides several scholarship opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in state/provincial or local government finance. Encouraging and supporting educational opportunities for future government finance officers are integral to our mission of promoting best practices in local government. GFOA currently offers numerous types of scholarships. Criteria and dollar amounts will vary by scholarship. Previous winners are ineligible.