Maureen McCauley Bursary 2024
OMAA established a Bursary program in 2015. It was renamed after former OMAA Executive Director Maureen McCauley, the primary driver of its creation, by the Board of Directors in 2023. The inflow of young talent is vital to maintain the required skills that will culminate in experienced leadership in municipal government. The Maureen McCauley Bursary offers $5,000 annually to support the education of future municipal government leaders and to:

Raise the profile regarding the benefits of municipal careers
Promote the profession of CAO
Provide an opportunity for OMAA Members to assist students interested in a local government future with the financing of their schooling

The opportunity for this Bursary is available to any student in a post secondary program meeting the following criteria:

Is a student residing in Ontario
Is a student that has completed at least one year of an Ontario university or an Ontario community college program that has the potential to lead to a municipal government career.
Has submitted the completed Application Form, accompanied by the noted requirements

The OMAA Awards Committee will assess all submissions under approved evaluation criteria. The successful candidate will be advised of their award in October. Bursary funds will be made available to the successful applicant shortly thereafter. Although not mandatory successful candidates will be invited to attend the OMAA Fall Workshop virtually or in person to receive their Bursary award.

Applicants must also develop a 2-3 minute video which would outline the significance of municipal government service delivery and the value of professional management thereof. Examples are included on our website.