The California City Management Foundation (CCMF) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Wes McClure Scholarship:
- Cynthia Alba – University of Southern California
- Katerina (Kate) Polezhaev – California State University, Fullerton
- Jennifer Lopez – University of Southern California
- Mohideen (Deen) Faisal Buharie – California State University, Long Beach
Wes McClure, for whom our annual 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.
This award was created in honor of Wes’s outstanding and significant contributions to the City Manager’s Department, League of California Cities, the State of California and the City Management profession.
“Our five 2021 winners were selected from a competitive pool of exceptionally qualified applicants,” said Fran Mancia, Chair of the CCMF Scholarship Committee. “The scholarship committee was very impressed with the overall caliber of all the applicants, their experiences and especially their commitment to public service. CCMF is proud to support excellence in city management by investing in the education of these future local government leaders.”