Young Professionals PDT Scholarship

AGA annually selects up to five young professionals to attend AGA's Professional Development Training (PDT) in July. The participants in this program will act as ambassadors for attendees and assist at the AGA exhibit hall booth and other activities throughout the training event. 

Application deadline: March 12, 2020


  • Must be an AGA member in good standing
  • A first-time PDT attendee
  • Working directly for government (federal state, local, tribal or nonprofit)
  • Under the age of 30 as of July 19, 2020
  • Available starting at 3 p.m. on Sat., July 18, 2020. Able and willing to assist at the AGA Solutions Hall booth
    and other AGA activities throughout PDT.

Participants receive

  • Five-night hotel scholarship
  • Complimentary registration for the entire event
  • CPEs to help you advance your career
  • Opportunities to meet and network with government leaders from around the country

How to apply

Write an essay explaining why you should be selected to attend PDT 2020 (max 250 words). Send the
essay and the completed application below to


Scholarship application for PDT 2020 will be posted on January 2020
 Questions? Contact


Past PDT Scholarship recipient testimonials

“I was impressed by the slate of speakers for the keynote and breakout sessions. The variety of breakout sessions allowed me to select sessions that were interesting and relevant to me.” — Michelle Blatt

“As a first-time attendee, PDT delivered exceptional speakers and the sessions provided were professional, informative and very applicable in today’s government work force. And what a fantastic opportunity to network with a variety of government leaders from around the nation. PDT is worth the time and money to attend.” — Shena Bocalbos, AGA Hawaii Chapter

“Going to the PDT in Boston opened my eyes to new experiences and new opportunities. It was enlightening to be included in an environment with other associates and attend and participate in sessions that will help me develop my career. It afforded me the opportunity to get new perspectives from others and to discuss and share ideas among many professionals in the government.

I had a wonderful time at the PDT. The opportunities to learn and network were amazing. I can't wait for next year and build on the foundation that was created.” — Courtney Bruce

“PDT was truly an exceptional experience to have in my early career! It offered many great sessions as well as lots of opportunities for networking. I met people whom I’d never meet otherwise and especially benefited from the Young Professional Roundtable, where I got to talk to the public-sector leaders and gained precious career advice. I am so thankful for the YP scholarship and very much appreciate AGA’s investment in government accounting young professionals.” — Sherry Troyer

Past PDT Scholarship recipients

The following AGA members were recipients of past PDT scholarships:


  • Christopher Alan Bell, NASA Langley, Virginia Peninsula Chapter
  • Samantha Alberts, Ohio Auditor of State, Central Ohio Chapter
  • Meghan Ellis, New Jersey Office of the State Auditor, Trenton Chapter
  • Domonique Harris, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Central Kentucky Chapter
  • Erica Diane Johnson, US Secret Service, Washington DC Chapter


  • Justin Castro, Guam Department of Education, Guam Chapter
  • Jasmine James, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation, Montgomery Chapter
  • Jessica Lippincott, NJ Dept of Transportation, Trenton Chapter
  • Amanda Miller, Boise State University, Idaho Centennial Chapter
  • Rahim Osman, KPMG, Idaho Centennial Chapter


  • Michelle Blatt, NJ Office of the State Comptroller, Trenton Chapter
  • Sheena Bocalbos, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii Chapter
  • Courtney Bruce, Alabama Department of Revenue, Montgomery Chapter
  • Caitlin Connors, Howard County, Montgomery/Prince Georges County Chapter
  • Shuang Troyer, State of Michigan Department of Treasury, Greater Lansing Chapter



  • Gabrielle Foster, Railroad Retirement Board, Chicago chapter
  • Christopher Garcia, New Mexico Office of the State Auditor, New Mexico chapter
  • Jacob Powell, US Capitol Police OIG, Washington, DC chapter
  • Julie Ravenscroft, Missouri State University, Ozarks chapter
  • Josh Winfrey, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, Central Kentucky chapter



  • Katie Sanders, State of Florida, Tallahassee chapter
  • Charlise Bowman, National Science Foundation, Washington chapter
  • Breanna Dubberly, Dept. of Homeland Security, Coastal GA chapter
  • David Holt, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Indianapolis chapter
  • Kiresten Kokotajlo, State of New Jersey, Trenton chapter


  • Jennifer Miller, Department of Defense, At-Large
  • Chris Patterson, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Indianapolis chapter
  • Michael Winston, State of Tennesee, Nashville chapter