Robert R. Robinson Scholarship

$1,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
5/31/2023Submission Deadline

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The Michigan Township Association (MTA) is an association of local governments in Michigan. MTA is focused on ensuring that future local leaders value and preserve the township governments and the residents it serves. MTA offers the Robert Robinson Scholarship to support college students aspiring for leadership roles in their local communities.

The annual scholarship program awards $1,000 to students pursuing studies in public administration at institutions in Michigan. It is open to college juniors, seniors, and college graduates. All applicants must be nominees of an MTA-member Michigan township board.

Applicants will be required to submit a recommendation letter from a professor. Applicants are to submit an essay on an important issue facing local governments. A copy of a resolution letter from the nominating board should also be attached.

Key Information of Robert R. Robinson Scholarship

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Public Administration

Country of Study

United States

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Robert R. Robinson Scholarship Timeline

January 2022

Application Opening Date

The applications open on January 1.

May 2023

Submissions Deadline

The submission deadline is on May 31.

Scholarship Eligibility

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

  • Eligible Grade: College Junior
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Michigan
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

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

  • Recommendation letters
  • Essay

How to ace the Robert R. Robinson Scholarship


Select your essay topic

Your choice of an essay topic will show how well you understand local governments. Choose a topic close to your heart that will enable you to show not just your understanding of township governments, but your passion to serve town residents.


Create an essay outline

The essay outline forms the skeleton of your essay. Select the points you’ll want to address and order them in a cohesive way. You can consider at this point any examples you may want to use in the essay. And plan them in the outline.


Craft and review the essay

The purpose of the first draft is to put some meat on your skeleton. Tiny errors shouldn’t worry as you’ll deal with them in the editing stage. Review and edit the draft as many times as it takes ensuring that your essay is clear, cohesive, and error-free.


Seek feedback

Give your essay to a few friends and ask them to point out areas that need improvement. This will enable you to correct any errors you may have missed and cover your writing blindspots.

How the Robert R. Robinson Scholarship is Judged

Applicants are judged based on academic achievement, community engagement, and commitment to local government administration.

Why We Love the Robert R. Robinson Scholarship


It supports young leaders

The scholarship gives aspiring leaders a headstart in town leadership.


You select the essay you’ll write

The essay question is open-ended and you can decide what essay to write.


You can read about past winners

The MTA website has a section covering past scholarship winners.

5 Facts About Robert R. Robinson


He served as MTA’s executive director

Robert was MTA’s second executive director.


He was dedicated to townships

Robinson’s life was dedicated to serving the residents of Michigan through township leadership.


He served as MTA’s legislative director

Robinson served MTA as a legislative director for six years.


He co-founded the National Association Townships

Robinson co-founded the National Association of Towns and Townships and served as president for two years.


He served in the Meridian Charter Township

Robinson served as Meridian’s supervisor for 10 years.

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