The California City Management Foundation (CCMF) is pleased to announce that the City of Oceanside and the City of Selma have been selected as the recipients of the second annual Judy L. Kelsey Memorial Fund grants.

The Judy L. Kelsey Memorial Fund offers two $5,000 grants to local governments to fund summer internships. Half the funding for this program comes from the estate of Judy Lyn Kelsey, a longtime California city manager with a passion for uplifting others. At the beginning of her career, Kelsey interned in the City Manager’s Office in the City of San Dimas and participated in a grant program for the Los Angeles Police Department. She saw great value in these experiences and donated part of her estate to enable internships for individuals with a passion for local government. Kelsey’s estate funds one $5,000 grant annually. CCMF matches her gift to provide a second $5,000 grant.

The City of Oceanside and the City of Selma were selected for the 2021 awards based on their detailed plans for meaningful internship programs. “The 2021 Judy Kelsey Memorial Fund grant awardees demonstrated a strong commitment to mentoring future public servants while giving back to their community through diverse, and impactful projects,” said Fran Mancia, Chair of the CCMF Scholarship Committee. “CCMF is pleased to sponsor interns for these cutting-edge programs, in line with our mission for supporting excellence in city management.”

Oceanside’s Judy Kelsey intern will be tasked with coordinating inclusive, equitable implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). With the intern’s support, Oceanside will develop a coordinated monitoring and reporting program, promote community participation in several voluntary emissions reduction measures, and support engagement with regional partners in climate action. The intern will also assist the City in preparing a CAP update, an integral component of the City’s General Plan Update. 

The City of Selma will recruit an intern to develop a broadband assessment for the City, with the goal of identifying gaps and identifying potential funding sources to support broadband infrastructure improvements in the City. The continued digitization of the economy, growing prevalence of remote work, and continuation of remote learning for students present a critical need to ensure that local broadband infrastructure meets the needs of residents, businesses, and other stakeholders.

Please visit the Judy L. Kelsey Memorial Fund webpage for more information and contact with any questions.