The Valdez Fellowship is designed to identify the country’s most talented students aspiring to executive levels in local government. For more information on previous Senior Vice President for Business Affairs at the University of Arizona Joel Valdez, click here.
Valdez Fellows receive the knowledge, training, and necessary experience to become future city/county managers in local government.
In both their first year and second year, Valdez Fellows enjoy the prestige associated with working as a paid management intern for the Town of Marana, Sahuarita, or Oro Valley (earning 6 credit hours for internship, to apply towards MPA degree completion).
Each student also receives ACMA Membership, which includes ACMA Summer Conference Attendance.
How to apply
Applicants to the Valdez Fellowship program are accepted once every two years (odd years only) for admission to begin each Fall. Admission is very competitive. The program will admit one student each year, based on an application process designed to identify the country’s most talented students aspiring to executive levels in local government.
All applicants must submit two applications: a University of Arizona GradApp Application to the Master of Public Administration program and a Valdez Fellowship application. You must be accepted into the University of Arizona Graduate College to be considered for the Valdez Fellowship.
Applicants must submit the following online form for committee review:
The Fall 2021 deadline has yet to be determined. Please check back soon for more information.