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NCTGFOA Miklus-Walsh Scholarship by March 8, 2017
Scholarship Opportunity Extended
March 1, 2017

Event Details:
To:       CTGFOA Members

From:   James Finch, Scholarship Chair

Re        CTGFOA Miklus-Walsh Scholarship – Advanced Government Finance Institute

Please note the application period for the Advanced Government Finance Institute is extended to March 22, 2017.


CTGFOA Miklus-Walsh Scholarship – Advanced Government Finance Institute:


The Miklus-Walsh Scholarship was named in honor of two deceased members of the CTGFOA John Walsh and Donald Miklus who distinguished themselves through their service to the organization and contributions to public finance. For members who are relatively new to the organization I provide the following summaries of their respective contributions:

Donald J. Miklus, who passed away in 2008, was Director of Finance for the Town of Westport for approximately forty three years. Throughout his career he was very involved in the Government Finance Officers’ Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada where he served on the Executive Board. He served as past president of the GFOA of Connecticut and remained on the Executive Board of the GFOA CT for many years representing Connecticut government finance professionals on the New England States Government Finance Officers Association (NESGFOA) Executive Board where he also served as President in 1980-81. The purpose and mission of the NESGFOA to promote and advocate training opportunities to government finance officials was very important to him. In 1993, he was instrumental in the development of an annual two day spring training seminar to complement the Annual NESGFOA conference. His dedication to this program has made it a very successful part of the New England organization and in 2008 it was dedicated in his name as the Miklus Spring Training.

John T. Walsh
, who passed away in 1996, was Director of Finance for the City of Hartford for approximately thirty years. Throughout his career he taught public administration at the graduate level at the University of Hartford and University of Connecticut where he obtained his B.A. and M.A. in public administration. He was an active member of the American Society of Public Administration and was President of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of Connecticut and the New England States GFOA. He served as national President of the GFOA of the United States and Canada in 1985-86 and was instrumental in the development and adoption in 1989 of the GFOA’s Code of Ethics.


This scholarship seeks to promote professional development of current, active senior level members of the GFOA-CT, through a fellowship to GFOA’s Advanced Government Finance Institute (AGFI). The 2017 Institute will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business from July 29-August 5. This five-day program assembles academic instructors, government officials and private sector experts to provide senior level finance professionals with opportunities to expand their leadership skills and to focus on emerging trends within the public finance community.
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Active membership in CTGFOA.
  • Applicants should hold a senior level finance officer position.
  • Applicant must be accepted into the Advanced Government Finance Institute.

Criteria for Scholarship Award:

  • Award will be made to members with demonstrated participation in the CTGFOA organization. Examples include membership on the executive board, standing committees, instructors or other active involvement.
  • Applications are limited those holding a senior level finance position within their organization.
  • Upon review of the applications by the Miklus- Walsh Scholarship Committee the winning application(s) will be forwarded directly to the AGFI for further review.

Application Process:

Submit the original Advanced Government Finance Institute application available at www.gfoa.org/agfi along with a cover letter outlining your credentials and demonstrated participation in the GFOA-CT by March 22, 2017 to:

Miklus - Walsh Scholarship Committee,
C/O James Finch, Director of Finance
Town of Branford PO Box 150
1019 Main Street, Branford CT

Please do not send the original application to the AGFI as the Miklus-Walsh Scholarship Committee must review the applications in advance.

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