First-Time Annual Conference Attendee Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Annual Conference is an incomparable opportunity for professional growth, and we want all GFOA members to have the chance to attend. For that reason, GFOA’s Executive Board implemented the First-Time Annual Conference Attendee Scholarship program. The scholarship has enabled more than 4,000 GFOA members to attend their first Annual Conference.

The scholarship covers the full conference registration fee. All scholarship recipients are responsible for their travel and lodging. The scholarship does not include registration for preconference seminars.

Scholarships are awarded via a random drawing at closure of the application window*. Applicants will be notified of their status (recipient, ineligible, etc.) within two weeks of application closure.


  • Applicants must be GFOA active government members. Private-sector members are not eligible to apply. Not a member? Join GFOA during the application process.
  • Applicants must have never attended a GFOA Annual Conference before. Attendance at other training seminars or state/provincial association conferences does not impact eligibility. Attendance at the 2020 or 2021 GFOA Virtual Conference does not impact eligibility either. We believe the in-person conference is a unique experience!
  • Help us, help you. While onsite, recipients will be expected and encouraged to participate in a GFOA initiative, such as filling out a survey or engaging at a booth. 

Application Window: Closed

Applicants will be selected via lottery and will be notified of their status within two weeks of application closure.  If you applied for the scholarship please DO NOT register separately for GFOA’s Annual Conference until you are notified that you did not receive the scholarship. You will know your scholarship status approximately 1–2 weeks after Annual Conference registration officially opens in November. No refunds will be issued to those that decide to register on their own before hearing if they received a scholarship.