Arizona City/County Management Association Esser & Andrews Scholarship Fund
The Arizona City/County Management Association was established in 1954. It is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to increasing the knowledge and ability of city, town, and county managers, as well as other local government administrators and to strengthen the quality of local government in the State of Arizona through professional management, education, training, and the mutual exchange of information.
The ACMA cooperates with the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, the International City/County Management Association, various public institutions of higher learning in Arizona, and other organizations dedicated to supporting and promoting local government management. The organization was incorporated in 1998. It currently has approximately 280 members and is staffed by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.
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, Grand Canyon University or the University of Arizona 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. The Andrews Scholarship recipient will also be awarded a complimentary year of ACMA Student Membership.
The scholarship is open to 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. Masters students will still need to have completed nine hours by December. Undergrad students will need to have 72 hours completed by December.
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.
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.
Interviews will be held the week of December 12 at the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, 1820 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Applicants will be notified on December 3 of interview date and times. Selected recipients of the Andrews and Esser scholarships are asked to attend the ACMA Winter Conference in Sedona, Arizona on February 2, 2017. Recipients will receive one complimentary room night and conference registration.