Scarlett Santos Leon

2017 Wes McClure Scholarship winner Scarlett Santos Leon

CCMF is pleased to announce the winner of its annual Wes McClure Scholarship competition: Scarlett Santos Leon of Cal Poly Pomona.

Scarlett recently graduated cum laude from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She is now pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration from Cal Poly Pomona with a short-term goal of being a Management Analyst and a long-term goal of serving as a City Manager. Click/tap here to view Scarlett’s scholarship application.

In the MPA program, I am learning the process of public policy and the theoretical framework of public administration. In addition, I am gaining exposure to the dynamic of local government through my part-time employment at two municipalities: the City of Monrovia and the City of Azusa. I enjoy working in local government because I am able to interact with the people of the communities I serve and see the positive effects of public outreach.

Wes McClure, for whom the CCMF scholarship was named, served as City Manager of San Leandro for 28 years. He passed away at the age of 94 on December 20, 2009. Wes had many outstanding attributes, including an unparalleled ability to listen. His patience and skill in this regard contributed enormously to his successful career working with city councils and impacted CCMF directly during the formation of the foundation, in which Wes played an integral part. The award was created in honor of Wes’s outstanding and significant contributions to the City Managers’ Department, League of California Cities, the State of California, and the city management profession.

“We had a wonderful batch of applicants for this year’s Wes McClure Scholarship and it was inspiring to see so much excitement from the next generation of local government leaders,” said Marcia Raines, City Manager of Millbrae and a CCMF Board of Trustees member who serves as Chair of the CCMF Scholarship Committee. “It is our pleasure to award the 2017 CCMF Wes McClure Scholarship to Scarlett and we wish her the best in her studies, her employment, and her future endeavors.”

From all of us here at CCMF, congratulations to Scarlett and we look forward to you joining the ranks of CCMF membership one day.