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 is March 4, 2019


  • Must be an AGA member in good standing
  • A first-time attendee at this annual event
  • Working directly for government or nonprofit (federal, state, local or tribal)
  • 30 years of age or younger
  • Available Saturday afternoon prior to the start of the PDT and assist at the AGA booth throughout the event
  • Willingness to provide feedback on their PDT experience prior to departure

Participants receive:

  • Five-night hotel scholarship at the PDT host hotel 
  • Complimentary registration for the entire event 
  • CPEs to help you advance your career (number of CPEs may vary depending on assignments)
  • Opportunities to meet and network with AGA leaders

The scholarship application form will be available in December 2018.
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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:


  • 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, DFAS, Indianapolis chapter
  • Kiresten Kokotajlo, State of New Jersey, Trenton chapter


  • Jennifer Miller, Department of Defense, At-Large
  • Chris Patterson, DFAS, Indianapolis chapter
  • Michael Winston, State of Tennesee, Nashville chapter