GFOA Awards Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has announced the recipients of its 2015 scholarships. The GFOA’s mission is to enhance and promote the professional management of governments. Among the ways the GFOA accomplishes its mission is through education, training, and leadership. 

The recipient of the $7,000 Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is Jose R. Leon, who will graduate in June of 2016 with a Master’s degree in Accountancy from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago, Illinois. He recently became Account Technician I with the Department of Children and Family Services for the State of Illinois. His duties include verifying financial documents; posting information to journals, registers, and ledgers; preparing financial statements and reports; and assisting with the maintenance of the accounting system. Ultimately, Jose would like to obtain an internal auditing position with a government or a department of a government. 

The GFOA’s Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is available for award to an upper-division undergraduate or graduate student of public administration, governmental accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management). The purpose of the Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is to recognize outstanding performance by minority students preparing for careers in state and local government finance. The winner of the scholarship was invited to attend the GFOA’s annual conference, where the award was presented. This scholarship is funded by Tyler Technologies. 

The eligibility requirements for the award include: 

  • Currently a full- or part-time upper-division undergraduate or graduate student in public administration, governmental accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management). 
  • Belong to one of the following groups (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau): Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino. 
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada. 
  • Recommendation by student’s academic advisor, department chair (undergraduate students), or dean of the graduate program (graduate students). 
  • Student has not been a past winner of a scholarship administered by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

For more information about the GFOA’s scholarships, please contact: 

Government Finance Officers Association
203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2700
Chicago, IL 60601-1210
Phone: 312/977-9700
Fax: 312/977-4806
www.gfoa.org