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2016 Professional Development Scholarship News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeffrey Esser, Executive Director/CEO
Phone: 312/977-9700
Fax: 312/977-4806
E-mail: [email protected]
GFOA Awards Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship
(Chicago, Illinois – April 22, 2016) The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has
announced the recipients of its 2016 scholarships. GFOA’s mission is to enhance and promote
the professional management of governments. Among the ways GFOA accomplishes its mission
is through education, training, and leadership.
The recipients of the four awards for the Government Finance Professional Development
Scholarship are Kaye M. Matucheski, Shonna Neary, Scott Smith, and Danielle Denise
Young. Each will receive $8,000.
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Kaye M. Matucheski will graduate in May 2016 with a Master’s degree in Public
Administration from the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh. She is currently the ClerkTreasurer for the City of Antigo, Wisconsin, a position she has held for over nineteen
years. Kaye’s responsibilities include preparing the budget and annual reports, and
completing the requirements for debt issuances. She also oversees the payroll, human
resources, insurance, and utility billing functions for the City of Antigo, as well as
serving as Vice President for the Cities and Villages Mutual Insurance Company. Kaye’s
goal is to explore other employment opportunities with the City of Antigo or an
administrative and finance position with another municipality.
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Shonna Neary will graduate in May 2019 with a Master in Business Administration
from Lakeland College in Madison Wisconsin. She has been employed by Columbia
County in Portage, Wisconsin, for sixteen years, currently as an Accounting
Supervisor/Project Manager. In her current position, Shonna supervises two employees in
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the areas of grants, collections, accounts payable, budget, and audit accounting. She is
responsible for the County’s capital assets, including additions, disposals, depreciation
and year-end reporting, and is a project manager for the computer system. Previously, she
held other positions as Accounting Supervisor, Staff Accountant, and Accounting
Assistant with the County. Shonna’s career goal is to be a Comptroller or Co-Comptroller
for Columbia County or another governmental entity.
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Scott Smith will graduate in August 2016 with a Master’s degree in Business
Administration from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, in Denver,
Colorado. Scott is currently the Director of Budget for the Douglas County School
District in Castle Rock, Colorado. In that capacity, he is responsible for the development,
monitoring, and alignment of the District’s $700 million appropriated budget in
accordance with the school district’s long-term financial and strategic plans. Scott
developed new financial forecasting models to manage the District’s use of fund balance
and ensure its long-term financial stability. Scott’s ultimate goal is to be the Chief
Financial Officer for a
K-12 school district.
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Danielle Denise Young will graduate in May 2016 with a Master’s in Public
Administration degree from Wichita State University, Hugo Wall School of Urban and
Public Affairs, in Wichita, Kansas. She is currently the City Clerk for the City of Cheney,
Kansas. Her responsibilities include managing the payroll, benefits, accounts payable,
accounts receivable, accounting, and utility billing functions for the City. Danielle also
previously served as a Cheney City Council member and a Cheney Planning Commission
member. Her goals include pursing job opportunities in finance and economic
development within a larger municipality, with the ultimate goal of becoming a City
Manager.
GFOA’s Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship is available for award to
one or more employees of a state or local government enrolled in part-time graduate study
preparing for a career in state and local government finance. The winners of the scholarship are
invited to attend GFOA’s annual conference, where the awards will be presented. This
scholarship is funded by the Government Finance Officers Association Scholarship Reserve.
The eligibility requirements for the award include:
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Employed at least two years by one or more state or local governments.
Currently a part-time student in a graduate program in public administration,
governmental accounting, finance, economics, or business administration preparing for a
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career in state and local government finance; student must expect to be enrolled in the
Spring 2016 semester (including Spring 2016 graduates).
Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent.
Citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
Recommendation by academic advisor or dean of the graduate program.
Recommendation by employer.
Student has not been a past winner of a scholarship program administered by the
Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
For more information about GFOA’s scholarships, please contact:
Government Finance Officers Association
203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2700
Chicago, IL 60601-1210
Phone: 312/977-9700
Fax: 312/977-4806
www.gfoa.org
Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of
nearly 18,500 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial level-government officials and other
finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products
designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and
management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C.
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