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 2021/2022 scholarship award period, which runs from summer semester 2021 through spring semester 2022.  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, 2021 and end on March 31, 2022.

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 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, students must complete a minimum of six semester hours each semester with a maximum of two academic semesters funded by the GFOAA scholarship per calendar year. In addition, a cumulative GPA 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,students must complete a minimum of six semester hours each semester with a maximum of two academic semesters funded by the GFOAA scholarship per calendar year. 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 January 31, 2021. The deadline has been extended to February 28, 2021.  The awardees will be notified by email no later than March 31. 

GFOAA
Attn: GFOAA Patrick W. Kelly Scholarship Program
PO Box 240574

Montgomery, AL  36124-0574

2021-22 Scholarship Application & Instructions