College Scholarships

Promoting Careers in Government Finance 

Patrick W. Kelly Scholarship Program

The Government Finance Officers Association of Alabama (GFOAA) will award individual scholarships ranging between $1,000 and $3,000 each for the 2018/2019 scholarship award period, which runs from summer semester 2018 through spring semester 2019.  The scholarships are awarded for a period of one year for two semesters during the award period (1/2 of the award will be reimbursed per semester). 

Award recipients will also receive a free one-year membership with GFOAA.  The membership year will begin April 1, 2018 and end on March 31, 2019.

An undergraduate award recipient may reapply for the scholarship as a graduate student. 

To receive the scholarship funds, the recipient must submit receipts for tuition, books, and/or fees, as well as a copy of the transcript at the end of the term to the GFOAA.  Checks will be made payable to the scholarship recipient.

 General Qualifications:

  1. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
  2. Priority is given to those students who demonstrate a career interest in the area of government finance.
  3. The applicant must be attending an accredited Alabama four-year or graduate college or university during the time of the scholarship award period.
  4. Recipients may be a GFOAA member, as long as all applicable qualifications are met.

 Other Qualifications

 Undergraduate applicants:

  1.  Must be of sophomore, junior or senior standing.
  2.  Should have a course of study majoring in accounting, business administration or finance. 
  3.  Must have completed Intermediate Accounting I or equivalent at the time of application.
  4.  Must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater (computed on a 4.0 scale) in both the major and overall coursework at the  time of application.
  5.  Should reference coursework in government accounting, internship, part time/full time work in  government  finance, or other information as evidence of interest in the government finance area (if  applicable).
  6. For reimbursement, a minimum of nine semester hours must be completed during the term of the scholarship award/reimbursement  period.  In addition, a cumulative GOA of 3.0 overall must be maintained.
 Graduate applicants:

 

  1. Must be accepted and/or enrolled into graduate school at the time of application.
  2. Should have a course of study majoring in accounting, business administration, finance or public administration, as well as:  a.  An undergraduate degree in accounting, business administration or finance, or   b.  A concentration in accounting as defined by the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy
  3. Must have completed Intermediate Accounting I or equivalent at the time of application.
  4. Must have a GPA of 3.5 or greater computed on a 4.0 scale if any graduate coursework has been completed at the time of application.  Otherwise, the undergraduate GPA criteria applies.
  5. Should reference coursework in government accounting, internship, part time/full time work in government finance, or other information as evidence of interest in the government finance area (if applicable).
  6. For reimbursement, a minimum of six semester hours must be completed during the term of the scholarship award/reimbursement period.  In addition, a cumulative GPA of 3.5 overall must be maintained.

All application material must be submitted together in a single envelope.

Deadline:  All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2018.  The awardees will be notified by email no later than March 31st.

GFOAA
Attn: GFOAA Patrick W. Kelly Scholarship Program
PO Box 240574
Montgomery, AL  36124-0574