2019 Scholarship Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria

Graduate Students, Full-Time Study


Scholarship applications and required documentation must be received by the close of business Monday, April 15, 2019. No incomplete or late applications will be considered.

Type and Eligibility for Scholarships

The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) is pleased to offer up to two $3,000 academic scholarships for graduate full-time study.

  • You must be an AGA member or family member (spouse, child or grandchild)
  • Scholarship must be applied toward full-time graduate study in a financial management academic discipline, such as accounting, economics, finance, information systems/technology and public administration.
  • Graduate-level full-time is defined as 9 credit hours per semester

Criteria for Award

The Academic Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the candidate’s potential for making a meaningful contribution to public financial management. Academic achievement prior to application is an indication of potential for successful study, but is not the only criteria that will be considered in awarding these scholarships. All candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Letters of Recommendation

  • All Scholarship Candidates must include a reference letter from an AGA member.
  • All Academic Scholarship candidates must also include a reference letter from another professional such as a professor, guidance counselor, employer etc.
  • Letters of recommendation must be written on professional letterhead.
  • You can attach each letter to this form, email them to awards@agacgfm.org, or send them to AGA via U.S. Mail.

Required Essay

All scholarship candidates must submit an essay, "What Should a Government do to be More Accountable and Transparent to its Constituents?" in Microsoft Word format. This essay can be attached to this form, sent to AGA via U.S. Mail, or by email to awards@agacgfm.org.

  • The essay cannot be more than two double-spaced pages;
  • If sending via U.S. mail or email, make sure you have your full name on the document and specify what scholarship you are applying for.
  • If you are a past recipient, this essay must be modified from your prior year essay.
The scholarship application form will be available in January 2019.
Questions? Contact awards@agacgfm.org.