The Government Finance Officers Association, or GFOA conference is filled with great opportunities to learn the latest information from the Association, network with colleagues in government finance, and even, in a few cases, win cash awards. Tangicloud (TC) was pleased to catch up with one such award winner, Megan N. Erwin. Megan was this year’s recipient of the Goldberg-Miller scholarship award. Here’s what Megan had to say:TC: How exciting was this for you?
“Thank you, this is very exciting. When I got the email I almost had a heart attack, I was so excited. And I had to leave work early, so it was really a big blessing.”
TC: How did you get the scholarship in the first place? Did you apply for it?
“Yes. They have a variety of scholarships and I qualified for one of them, so I applied in February and found out in April that I was selected, and they flew me out to Denver for the conference. It’s been great.”
TC: And what was your scholarship in?
“The scholarship is called the Goldberg-Miller Finance Scholarship. It’s a $14,000 Award for people who are interested in going into public finance to help with educational expenses.”
TC: And if you could say something to your mom right now, what would it be?
“My mom’s pretty proud of me, I know, and I just said I’m going to continue to work hard and try to make the world a better place.”
For 2017 the GFOA distributed eight awards for a total of more than $75,000 in scholarships to students who had superior records of academic achievement, job performance, and who showed promise of academic excellence in their future studies. These outstanding individuals also demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in state or local government finance.
In 1985, GFOA’s Executive Board voted to create the Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship to recognize outstanding performances by graduate program students preparing for a career in state and local government finance. This year’s eligible students were enrolled in the 2017 semester (including spring 2017 graduates). The award is funded by the Girard Miller Foundation.