Michigan Townships Association

MTA offers scholarship to students pursuing a career in local government

Applications are now being accepted for an annual scholarship that provides financial assistance to today’s students who are aspiring to future leadership roles in Michigan communities. The deadline for the MTA Robert R. Robinson Scholarship is May 31, 2023.

The scholarship is designed to help Michigan students who are preparing for a career in public administration. Applicants must be a junior, senior or graduate student in a Michigan college or university.

The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis, and applicants are considered on several factors including academic achievement, community involvement and commitment to local government administration. Requirements include: a letter of recommendation from a professor or instructor; a copy of a resolution of support from an MTA-member township board in good standing; and a short essay on an important issue facing local government.

“The Michigan Townships Association is proud to offer this annual scholarship to our leaders of tomorrow,” said Yolanda Bellingar, Morton Township (Mecosta Co.) trustee and a member of MTA’s Robinson Scholarship Committee. “The scholarship is critical both to students in pursuit of their local government careers, and to all public officials as we work to encourage today’s students to pursue a future in public service.”

More information, including an application and sample township resolution, is available online at https://michigantownships.org/about-mta/robert-robinson-scholarship/, or by contacting MTA at (517) 321-6467, ext. 229.