FCCMA Scholarship and Events

From Jacque Waleski – Academic Advisor to the MSURP Program

The Florida City & County Management Association’s (FCCMA) Professional Development committee has asked the School of Public Administration to forward the below items that are of interest to public administration studentsand recent graduates.
Annual Conference & Academic Scholarships
The FCCMA’s annual conference is scheduled for May 28-31 in Orlando this year. There are three competitive scholarship that are being awarded from the FCCMA at the conference:
·         B. Harold Farmer Scholarship: for students who are pursuing a public administration or related degree at a Florida-based university during the summer or fall of 2014. The scholarship recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship toward his/her education and an all-expense paid trip to attend the FCCMA Annual Conference.  The recipient is honored during the Awards Luncheon and also receives a one-year complimentary membership to the FCCMA.  The attendance at the Conference allows the student a networking opportunity to meet people working in the field. 
·         Emerging Leader Scholarship: designed to allow public administration students and entry-level city and county management professionals interested in continuing their academic and professional development as professional public managers to attend the annual conference.  The scholarship includes complimentary registration to the annual conference and hotel room,  and a one-year complimentary membership to the FCCMA. Scholarship recipients are responsible for their own travel and food. Most food is covered in the registration cost. . The hotel stay will include four nights so that the recipient can attend the pre-conference session: So You Want To Be A City/County Manager. Recipients will be honored and recognized at the Career Development Luncheon and the annual Awards Luncheon.
·         Raymond Sittig Memorial Scholarship: a new scholarship which began in 2014 in honor of Raymond C. Sittig, long-time executive director of the Florida League of Cities and champion of Home Rule powers.  Mr. Sittig began his career in city management and was always supportive of the Association; in fact, Ray agreed to be the Association’s administrator in 1978 out of respect for the profession and his desire to build a strong relationship between FCCMA and the FLC.  The scholarship recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship and will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 31, 2014 at the FCCMA Annual Conference in Orlando.
Applications and additional information on scholarships can be found on the FCCMA’s website: http://fccma.org/scholarships-2/
FCCMA student membership would be required to apply for these scholarships, but the cost is nominal ($10).  Membership also requires endorsement of two full FCCMA members; the FCCMA will find endorsements for interested applicants if needed.
So You Want to Be a City/County Manager – Conference Session & Webinar
The Florida City & County Management Association is holding a full-day “So You Want to Be A City or County Manager” session on May 28 in Orlando as part of its annual conference.  The event is free and breakfast and lunch are provided.   The program focuses on how young and mid-career professionals and students can prepare themselves to progress in a local government career through facilitated discussion, Q&A sessions, presentations, and a working a lunch with many accomplished city and county managers.  Registration is available online at the FCCMA’s website: http://fccma.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/SYWTB-5.28.14.pdf
The FCCMA is also offering a condensed version of the all-day session as a webinar on January 16 from 2:00 to 3:00pm, EDT.  The So You Want to Be a City/County Manager webinar is a great alternative for students unable to attend the all-day session in May.  The webinar is free and no registration is required.  A more thorough description of the online session and login instructions are available here: http://fccma.org/phone-webinar/

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