Scholarship Opportunities to Attend School of Government Programs

The School of Government is grateful to offer a number of scholarship opportunities for public officials who wish to participate in our continuing education programs. Scholarships are available both internally through the School and through the generous support of partnering organizations. Learn more about the range of these opportunities below.

LGFCU Member Scholarship

The Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) offers scholarships to local government employees who are credit union members to apply toward tuition for the School’s conferences, classes, and seminars.


Through this commitment, LGFCU dedicates scholarship funds annually to its members to offset the cost of attending various trainings from the School.

There are four deadlines to submit applications:

  • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
  • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
  • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
  • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)

To learn more about the scholarship and to submit an application, please visit the LGFCU webpage.

NCACC Discount for County Elected Officials

In support of the Center for Public Leadership and Governance (CPLG) and the School, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) offers a 20 percent discount off the course registration fee to county elected officials to attend Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA) courses.

For more information on this discount, please click here.

Local Government Training Program Scholarship

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Carolina University's Local Government Training Program (LGTP) announced that it would offer $400 scholarships to local government professionals in western North Carolina to help pay for the School’s virtual professional development offerings.

Due to the limitations of face-to-face instruction being offered in the western region of the state, the LGTP is working to support local government jurisdictions by helping to mitigate professional development training costs and increase attendance and participation in these opportunities. These scholarship dollars are used to help pay for the tuition costs for upcoming virtual instruction.

To apply for these scholarship funds, please complete this application form and return it to Bob Boylan, rcboylan@email.wcu.edu, prior to registering for the program with the School.  

Local Government Training Initiative 

CPLG and the Golden LEAF Foundation have partnered to launch the Local Government Training Initiative (LGTI). This program sets aside scholarship funds for mid- and entry-level public leaders from economically distressed North Carolina communities.

Municipal and county government professionals working in communities designated as Tier 1 by the NC Department of Commerce are eligible to participate in the initiative. In addition, elected officials from municipalities with Mayor/Council forms of government can join the program.

The LGTI offers three categories of professional development opportunities: fundamental and advanced supervisory training, individual scholarships for open enrollment courses, and organizational scholarship for customized training.

For more information on how an employee or local government organization can participate in the program, please click here.

Center for Public Leadership and Governance (CPLG) Discounts

CPLG is proud to offer discounts to groups. Many courses in the One-Day Public Leadership Series benefit not just individuals but rather entire groups. Members of groups of five or more can each receive 20 percent off the registration fee.  To take advantage of this discount, please visit the course web page or contact registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414 with questions.

Municipal and County Administration Scholarship Opportunities

Applicants to the Municipal and County Administration (MCA) program can select from three scholarship funds to apply toward the cost of the program:

  • MCA Alumni Association Scholarship 
  • S. Ellis Hankins Municipal Administration Scholarship
  • James B. Blackburn III Memorial Fund for Municipal & County Administration

 Applicants will receive notification regarding their scholarship status. To view more about each of these scholarships and their selection criteria, please visit the MCA course page.

*LGFCU offers a special application period for their member scholarship to apply toward this program. 

For questions regarding these scholarships, please contact the School’s registrar, Brian Newport, at newport@sog.unc.edu.