Starting in 2020, CCMF will now offer five (5) $1,500 scholarships to graduate students attending a California public or private university who are interested in pursuing a career in local government.
CCMF is offering five (5) scholarships* in the amount of $1,500 to graduate students interested in pursuing (or already working in) a career in local government. Eligibility includes those currently in graduate school or who have been accepted into a graduate program for the Fall semester. Successful applicants will be attending (or graduating from) a public or private university or college in California and interested in pursuing a career in (or be actively working in) local government.
Wes McClure, for whom the annual scholarship was named, worked 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.
Applicants need not be committed to a specific area of academic study to qualify–the Wes McClure Scholarship(s) will be awarded to the person(s) who best demonstrate(s) an interest in a career in local government. The $1,500 scholarship(s) will be limited to direct college expenses, such as tuition and books and may be paid to the recipient directly or to the educational institution, at CCMF’s sole discretion.
The 2019 application period is closed. The 2020 Scholarship application period will open in Spring 2020. Applications must include all the elements listed below in order to be considered for a scholarship:
- A cover letter indicating the educational institution you are attending (or will be attending), the number of educational credits attained to date (if any), current GPA, degrees awarded (if any), colleges and universities attended (if any), and your contact information (including email address).
- A short essay (under 750 words) explaining why you are interested in a career in local government, the type of local government work you would like to pursue upon graduation, and any educational/work/volunteer experience you have undertaken in pursuit of this type of career.
- Two (2) reference letters from those who can speak to your interest in pursuing a career in local government.
All submission materials should be sent electronically to:
Subject Line: “2020 Wes McClure Scholarship Application”
*Each year, one (1) $1,500 scholarship is made possible thanks to a generous donation from CCMF sponsor Urban Futures, Inc.
Spencer Winkle – USC Sol Price School
Grace Yoon-Taylor – Cal State Fullerton
Christian Beltran – USC Sol Price School
Kelsey Alter – California Lutheran University
Scarlett Santos Leon – Cal Poly Pomona
Will Provost – USC – Wes McClure Scholarship winner
Natalie Hernandez – USC – Mark Curran Scholarship winner
Connie Huynh – Stanford University
Anna Guiles – Mills College
Miranda Lutzow – CSU Stanislaus
Sasha Geschwind – Claremont Graduate University
Nico De Anda-Scaia – USC
Louie F. Lacasella – Cal Poly Pomona
Jason Constantouros – Syracuse University
Joshua Soliz – CSU Long Beach
Sara Russo – CSU Long Beach
Chelsea Wood – USC