Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship

$20,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
12/1/2022Submission Deadline

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Funded by the Girard Miller Foundation, the Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship recognizes an outstanding graduate student annually who is preparing for a career in state and local government finance. The scholarship offers a one-time $20,000 award to a graduate student.

Founded in 1906, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) represents public finance officials in the United States and Canada. In accordance with its mission to advance excellence in public finance. In 1985, the GFOA’s executive board voted to create the Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship to recognize outstanding graduate students with an interest in a career in state or local government finance. It is now known as the Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship.

Applicants are expected to be graduate students from the U.S. or Canada who are pursuing a full-time program that has a relationship to state or local government finance in an accredited university in the U.S. or Canada.

Key Information of Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study


Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Award Amount


Number of Awards


Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship Timeline

October 2022

Applications open

Applications open in fall, around October.

January 4, 2023

Applications deadline

Applications for this scholarship close in early January.

April 2023

Recipients are announced

The scholarship applicants are notified of the committee's decision on or before April 30.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Canada, United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Recommendation letters

How to ace the Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship


Get a stellar recommendation

Approach your academic advisor, department chair, or dean early to write a recommendation letter for you. The focus of the recommendation letter should be on your commitment to the public sector.


Reach out to past recipients

You could reach out to previous recipients to find out if they would be willing to review your application or talk about their experience applying for the scholarship.


Be involved in your community

Be actively involved in giving back to your community through volunteering, serving on boards/committees, or advocacy. Being active in your community is a great way to demonstrate your interest in the public sector.


Review your application

Before submitting your application, make sure to check you have the required documents, that there are no spelling or grammatical errors, and that it is a strong application.

How the Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship is Judged

Recipients are selected based on the following criteria: plans to pursue a career in state or local government finance; strength of past coursework and present plan of study; letters of recommendation; and undergraduate and graduate grade point averages.

Why We Love the Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship


Open to all

This scholarship is open to anyone with plans to pursue a career in state or local government finance. There is no race, social, financial, or course requirement for this scholarship.


Free networking opportunity

Scholarship recipients are invited (expense paid) to the GFOA annual conference in Texas, where the award will be presented. The conference is a great opportunity to network with public accounting professionals and other GFOA recipients.


No minimum GPA requirement

Scholarship applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA before applying. Applicants are required to submit their transcript to check their coursework.

5 Facts About The Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship


GFOA was renamed in 1987

Originally the National Association of Comptrollers and Accounting Officers, the Government Finance Officers Association name was adopted in April 1987 when the MFOA and other associations came together and signed an agreement with the Financial Accounting Foundation.


Eleven different scholarship programs available

The GFOA currently offers 11 different scholarship programs that award between $5,000 to $20,000 to students seeking to pursue a career in the public sector.


Girard Miller is an accomplished finance professional

As a public finance professional, Girard Miller has over 30 years of experience in public finance and investment, and is currently a finance columnist for “Governing”.


Educational opportunities

The GFOA offers educational opportunities in public finance such as webinars and online courses on accounting, budget communication, risk management, and other fields.


Over $105,000 in scholarships

In 2022, the GOFA awarded a total of $105,000 in scholarships to 10 students through their various scholarship programs.

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