The California City Management Foundation (CCMF),operates the Wes McClure Scholarship program. CCMF is the premier advocacy and support organization for California City Managers in all stages of their careers. CCMF offers three (3) $2,500 scholarships to current or prospective graduate students attending—or accepted into—a public or private university or college in California, who best portray their interest in pursuing a career in local government (although not limited to a specific area of academic study). The award is named in honor of Wes McClure, who served as City Manager of San Leandro, California for 28 years.

Current local government employees who are in—or accepted to—a graduate program are also encouraged to apply. The scholarship is limited to direct college expenses, such as tuition and books and may be paid to the winner directly or to the educational institution, at CCMF’s sole discretion. The requirements for the application are as follows:

  • A cover letter indicating the educational institution the applicant is attending (or will be attending), the number of educational credits attained to date (if any), current GPA, degrees awarded (if any), colleges and universities attended (if any), and personal contact information (including email address).

  • A short essay (under 750 words) explaining why the applicant is interested in a career in local government, the type of local government work they would like to pursue upon graduation, and any educational/work/volunteer experience they have undertaken in pursuit of this type of career.

  • Two (2) reference letters from those who can speak to the applicant’s interest in pursuing a local government career.

Applications must be emailed to Ken Pulskamp at by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, May 5, 2023, in order to be considered. More information is available at and in the attached document.