The Kansas Association of City/County Management (KACM) recently awarded three public management students with scholarships to further their education in Master of Public Administration programs at the state’s three major universities. The group also recognized three current public management professionals from Kansas cities who will use their scholarship proceeds to begin to pursue their Master of Public Administration degrees to enable them to advance their careers in serving Kansas communities.
“Helping manage communities is a rewarding career, and I am proud of the Kansas Association of City/County Management for investing in the future of Kansas communities with these scholarships,” said Don Cawby, Osawatomie City Manager and KACM President.
The following students received scholarships: Virgil Basgall Scholarship ($4,000) – Susanna Geiger, University of Kansas; KACM Scholarship ($3,000) – Chelsee Newkirk, Wichita State University; KACM Scholarship ($3,000) – Gabrielle Hull, Kansas State University
KACM Rising Star Scholarships ($1,000 each): Audree Aguilera, Community Development Coordinator, City of Lyons; Amy Finch, City Clerk, City of Ottawa; Melissa McCoy, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Dodge City
“The quality of the scholarship applicants was impressive,” said Kathy Sexton, Derby City Manager and KACM Awards Committee Chair. “The winners were the best of the best, and I’m confident communities around the state will benefit from their service and commitment to professional management.”
The Kansas Association of City/County Management (KACM) is an organization of local government management officials working together since 1951 to support and promote professional management and high ethical standards for effective democracy in local city and county governments in Kansas. KACM seeks to support member managers, administrators, and assistants through the interchange of ideas and information for professional development and through support of the individual.