WCCMA Scholarship

$5,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
5/27/2023Submission Deadline

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Founded in 1959, Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA) is an organization dedicated to improving the knowledge, proficiency, quality, and professionalism of local government management by providing education, information, and support services to members and their agencies.

The WCMA Scholarship is a $5,000 fellowship to help with school expenses. Scholarship winners will also get a free WCMA students membership for a year, free registration, and two nights’ lodging (up to $500) for the WCMA Summer Conference. They will also be mentored by a working city or county manager.

To be eligible, applicants must live in Washington State, have a bachelor’s degree, and be enrolled in or accepted for admission to a graduate school. Schools in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are given priority. Online graduate programs are fine for people who live in Washington State. Students must demonstrate their interest in working in local government.

Key Information of WCCMA Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy

Country of Study

  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study


Award Amount


Number of Awards


WCCMA Scholarship Timeline

March 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on March 1.

May 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on May 27.

June 2023

Awards Announcement Date

Winners are announced in June.

Scholarship Eligibility

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

  • Eligible Grade: Graduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Washington
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

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

  • Essay
  • Recommendation letters
  • Grade transcript

How to ace the WCCMA Scholarship


Prove you’re worthy

You will be required to write a letter in which you must explain why you want to enter city/county management, what you hope to gain from the scholarship, and why you are a good candidate. Come up with thoughtful responses to these questions to demonstrate to the scholarship committee that you are a worthy candidate.


Be an individual of good character

Two letters of recommendation will be required, one from a previous or current undergraduate or graduate academic instructor, and the other from a previous or current work supervisor. Being a person of good character will help you get good reference letters from previous faculty members and work seniors.


Have good grades

Applicants are required to provide official copies of their academic transcripts, whether they are from their undergraduate or graduate studies. We strongly suggest that you have outstanding grades, as this will set you apart from other candidates during the selection process for scholarships.


Start your application early

This application requires the submission of a number of different things before it can be considered complete. Because of this, we strongly advise that you start the application process as soon as possible and give yourself plenty of time to complete it so that you can submit an application that makes a good impression.

How the WCCMA Scholarship is Judged

Applicants are judged based on their letter of application, letters of reference, and academic record.

Why We Love the WCCMA Scholarship


No discrimination

The program is open to all students in Washington as long as they meet the scholarship
Requirements. The program supports equality and has no discrimination against gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc.


Complimentary WCMA student membership

Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive a free student membership to the WCMA for a whole year.


It offers mentorship

Recipients will have the opportunity to receive mentoring from a working professional city or county manager, opening doors to actual career development and reaching career goals.

5 Facts About WCMA Scholarship


WCMA was founded in 1959

In 1959, the WCMA was established as a nonprofit association that is governed by a board consisting of eleven members who are nominated and elected by the membership.


WCMA has over 250 members

There are currently over 250 managers and assistants who are members of the WCMA.


Applications are submitted via email

Applicants are required to submit their applications by sending an email to an email address that is listed on the website for the scholarship.


Washington city scholarship committee

The applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of current city and county managers from Washington as well as a previous scholarship recipient.


Preference for students studying administrative courses

Graduate students majoring in public administration, public affairs, or policy will be given preference.

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