The application period for the 2023-24 program year is closed. CCMF will reopen the application period at the start of the new program year: July 1, 2024. 

Each year, CCMF offers up to two (2) $10,000 scholarships to active CCMF members who are seeking to nurture their leadership skills through educational programs. Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education and Stanford’s Local Governance Summer Institute are just a couple of examples of programs CCMF can support. With the scholarships being offered year-round, it’s important apply as early as possible to ensure funds for your program. The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

HdL Companies is also offering an additional scholarship for $7,500 for Local Governance Summer Institute (LGSI) at Stanford.

How to Apply for CCMF’s Scholarship:

Once you receive confirmation of acceptance into the program of your choice, please email Ken Pulskamp at with:

  1. Your proof of acceptance
  2. Your up-to-date resume
  3. A brief cover letter on how you would leverage what you learn from your educational program

CCMF will then select a scholarship winner and inform all applicants. The scholarship winner will receive up to $10,000.00 reimbursement to use toward the cost of attending the program.

Harvard’s Kennedy School of Executive Education

In particular, the “Leadership Decision Making” course teaches leaders like you how to answer tough questions, improve the accuracy of your estimates, and structure effective negotiations. It also teaches you how to design better decision environments—ones that reduce bias and inaccuracy—making your organization smarter.

As city managers, we make decisions every day. It is a rare opportunity to step away from the daily pressures and expectations and examine how we personally operate. The program provided an opportunity to learn new concepts and put into practice those concepts with a diverse group of professionals from around the world.Ken Striplin, City Manager, Santa Clarita

Program Fee for the Leadership Decision Making program: approximately $9,950, which includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals. Please visit Harvard’s website for full details about the course and to apply.

LGSI at Stanford

The California City Management Foundation has long has been a sponsor of the annual Local Governance Summer Institute (LGSI) seminar at Stanford University. LGSI is designed to present the best blend of the academic and the practitioner worlds to local government professionals who want to expand their outlook and skill set in this continually evolving field.

Each year, the program selects a set of salient and pressing challenges for local government and brings together Stanford, industry, and local governance experts to help participants innovate appropriate solutions for their communities.

LGSI@Stanford fosters active participation and provokes insightful discussion and debate on public management issues. The 2023 program was held from July 23-28 on the Stanford Campus and in Silicon Valley. Applications for the 2024 program open August 15, 2023. Please visit Local Governance Summer Institute (LGSI) for more details about the 2024 program.


Tuition includes instruction and all materials. Applications received before March 1st: $6,500 Tuition. Applications received after March 1st: $7,000 Tuition.