AGFOA supports the professional and personal development of individuals involved in the finance profession in Alaska.  The organization funds two programs; conference scholarships to first-time attendees and college scholarships to students preparing for a career in finance.

Please review the details of each program regarding eligibility prior to submitting application.  Only those individuals meeting the criteria will be considered.

Conference Scholarships

Scholarships are available to first time attendees for the fall conference.  The scholarship covers the cost of the conference registration only. The application is typically posted when the conference is announced on the AGFOA website (i.e. August/September for fall conference).

Eligibility    The scholarships are granted on an individual basis only and will not be granted to an organization.  Scholarships are not transferable to another individual.  The number of scholarships awarded is limited and therefore restricted to municipal staff that are not current or past members of AGFOA.

Application Process   Please email your completed application to  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  If you are unable to email your application or you do not have access to a computer, please contact Alex McCann directly at 206.365.3003.  The deadline to apply is October 15, 2021. Selections will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

If Selected   If you are selected, you will be asked to verify your acceptance of the Scholarship by a specified deadline, which AGFOA will provide you.  If you do not accept the scholarship by the deadline given to you, your application will be forfeited and you will be placed on the scholarship waiting list. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be provided a conference application form.

If Not Selected   If you apply but are not selected to receive a scholarship, you may register for the conference at the early registration rate regardless of when you apply.


Conference Scholarship Application 2021

College Scholarships


The Alaska Government Finance Officers Association offers scholarships to upper class college students who are preparing for a career in public finance. Applications are typically available January 1st of each year, with an application due date in April/May. Scholarship recipients are notified generally by the end of June.  The scholarships available for full-time undergraduate students include the $1,000 Vern Johnson Scholarship and the $1,000 Norm Levesque Scholarship.  The $1,000 Carl Hille Scholarship is open to full-time and part-time undergraduate or graduate students.  Selected applicants will be invited to attend a one-day session at the AGFOA annual conference in mid-November.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications will be accepted from those applicants who comply with the following:

  1. Must be a citizen of the United States;
  2. Must meet Alaska residency as defined by AS 01.10.055;
  3. Must have junior or senior level standing during the year in which the scholarship will be received,
  4. Must provide evidence of grade point average of 3.0 or higher; and
  5. Must have declared pursuit of a Business degree in the area of accounting, finance, or related field (i.e., financial management, risk management, auditing, banking, public administration, public policy, mathematics, economics and political science).


Applications will be accepted in the spring for the following fall semester. In addition to the application form, the applicant must submit:

  1. A current college transcript;
  2. A letter of recommendation from a teacher, employer, or mentor; and
  3. A one-to-two page essay (1.5 spaced, font size 12) describing;
    a. What areas of public sector and finance most interests the applicant and why, and
    b. Why the applicant has chosen a specific teacher, employer, or mentor to provide a recommendation.


Scholarship applications for 2020-2021 school year are now open for submission.  Applications are due no later than Friday, May 1, 2020.  Late applications will not be accepted.  Scholarship recipients will be notified June 15, 2020.  Please apply online below.  The scholarships available include:

$1,000 Vern Johnson Scholarship (junior or senior level, full-time undergraduate students)

$1,000 Norm Levesque Scholarship (junior or senior level, full-time undergraduate students)

$1,000 Carl Hille Scholarship (junior or senior level, part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate students)

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