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With valued support from our sponsors, the Central Arizona Chapter is proud to offer the following programs that promote diversity and highlight outstanding achievement in public administration and community leadership.



Graduating seniors currently enrolled at a Phoenix area high school can apply for the annual Calvin C. Goode and Georgie M. Goode "ACT GOODE" Scholarship. The "ACT GOODE" Scholarship is designed to help students cover a portion of the costs associated with pursuing a higher education. Calvin C. Goode is best known for serving 22 years as a Phoenix Councilman. He was equally proud of his many years dedicated to education, shared with his wife, Georgie, who was a school teacher. DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 1, 2024



Designed to increase the number of African American college students who graduate and become senior management or executive level employees in public service organizations. The Fund is named in honor of Jacques Avent, one of NFBPA's original founders and is awarded to two current college students. Jacques was the first African American to hold a senior executive position with the City of Phoenix and through his trailblazing efforts, he was instrumental in promoting and increasing the number of African Americans in executive and middle-management positions.



The Marks of Excellence Award honors an African American Public Administrator who has achieved extraordinary success in the field of Public Management, while demonstrating an unselfish commitment to the community. Eligible candidates are non-elected administrators at all levels of public service in local, state or federal governments, nonprofit institutions, community-based organizations, academic institutions or related professional groups. NFBPA membership is not required.

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The Mentor Up initiative is a valuable opportunity for individuals to build capabilities, form meaningful connections, and positively impact public administration. Mentors play a crucial role in guiding and supporting the next generation of public administrators, contributing to their growth and success. By engaging in this program, participants not only enhance their leadership skills but also actively contribute to the betterment of public administration and community development. 

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Each year NFBPA CAC presents a rich professional development experience for those interested in and learning more about NFBPA, improving their leadership skills, networking with colleagues from around the Valley and beyond, and hearing from distinguished individuals in a broad array of industries who demonstrate exceptional leadership. This year's seminar is presented by Amazon and the theme is B.O.L.D.- Building Our Leaders through Development. The professional development seminar will take place at the Mesa Convention Center on March 1, 2024. 

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