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Posted on: March 30, 2017

[ARCHIVED] OCCD Announces Public Service Scholarship

The Ohio Conference of Community Development Foundation has a scholarship available to college juniors and seniors interested in a career in public service. The OCCD promotes the future of community and economic development through academic scholarships to students and young professionals who: are pursuing degrees in related fields; advocate for research to improve and strengthen the lives and futures of Ohio citizens within their communities; and develop and offer educational opportunities to further member’s knowledge of issues and practices in the community and economic development field.

The scholarship application deadline is April 15 by 5 p.m. A maximum of $1,000 will be paid directly to the awardee's university. The student will also receive a one-year membership to OCCD.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a resident of Ohio.
  • Applicant must attend an accredited university in Ohio AND either be a third- or fourth-year undergraduate student enrolled full-time in Fall 2017, or enrolled in a graduate program part-time or full-time in Fall 2017.
  • Must be enrolled in a field of study that prepares students for a career in public service, including public administration, planning, public finance or related field.
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing.

Application must contain a one-page essay addressing why student wants to enter public service, and two letters of recommendation (one from a professor and one from a community member. Applications should be sent electronically to Tom Kroma, President, OCCD Foundation at, or by mail to: Tom Kroma, P. O. Box 776, Urbana, Ohio 43078.

Awardee(s) will be notified by June 1, 2017, and awards will be presented at the July 2017 Annual OCCD Meeting in Cleveland.

This scholarship fund was established by the Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD) to honor two men who dedicated their careers to Public Service, Gary Locke and William Graves.

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