GFOA Scholarship Spotlight: Audrey Danek

Audrey received the Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship in 2022.

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Q & A with Audrey

Where and what are you currently studying and why did you choose this?

I am currently working on my Doctorate in Public Administration with a concentration in Geography and Planning.  I have my Master’s degree in Public Administration as well.  After completing my Master's degree, I took some courses in finance and data analysis.  I then realized how much I missed researching and debating policy, so I decided to just go all the way in pursing my public administration education. 

What government are you working or hoping to work at in the future?

I currently work in local government for the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania.  I like local and state government because there is a strong connection to the community and opportunities to be involved professionally.  

What are your future career goals?

I would like to continue gaining knowledge in government finance and local government, so I can use these skills to develop policies that address future challenges in public administration.

Which GFOA scholarship did you receive and how will GFOA’s scholarship help you achieve those goals?

I received the Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship. Committing to continuing your education as an adult takes a lot of sacrifice financially and personally.  This scholarship is a huge relief for me and very encouraging.