The Massachusetts Municipal Management Association (MMMA), a member group within the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), is dedicated to the improvement of local government through support for professional municipal managers/administrators. The MMMA’s Mission is:

• To provide professional support to the membership;
• To promote discussion, exchange and development of ideas and strategies on local government and
professional management issues;
• To provide professional development through education and specialized training opportunities;
• To promote management with high ethical standards in Massachusetts cities and towns;
• To actively support membership and participation in the association and profession;
• To develop and monitor legislative items which affect the municipal management profession.

About the MMMA Membership Scholarship Award

The MMMA is seeking to promote and encourage membership in the Association for those town managers/administrators and assistant managers/administrators who have been inactive or those who have never participated. The MMMA offers tremendous resources for all city and town managers through networking, training, professional development, sharing ideas/policies/strategies, and providing access to resources in the profession. Active participation in MMMA meetings, events and committees benefits managers/administrators and assistant managers/administrators, as well as the communities they serve.

The MMMA Executive Committee has prioritized this initiative to enhance Association participation by inactive or non-member managers and assistant managers. We recognize that some municipalities have limited resources for professional development and association membership for the manager/administrator and assistant manager/administrator. We have created the MMMA Membership Scholarship to provide financial assistance several of those municipalities to enable their town managers/administrators and assistant managers/administrators who are not currently members to become active in the Association. We firmly believe that MMMA participation is has a significant and positive impact on the success of managers/administrators and their municipalities, as well as the future of the profession. It is our hope that after one year as a Scholarship member, municipalities will recognize the value of MMMA participation and continue to support membership for their respective manager/administrator.

The MMMA Membership Scholarship provides a free MMMA annual membership to managers/administrators or assistant managers/administrators who qualify as recipients.

Scholarship awardees will receive:
a. Fee waiver for MMMA membership dues for next fiscal year; and
b. Fee waiver for attendance at MMMA monthly meetings (including lunch) for next fiscal year (does not include registration for the MMA Annual Meeting or Fall/Spring MMMA Conferences).

Scholarship recipients must:
a. Participate in 60% of MMMA meetings during the fiscal year; and
b. Write a brief summary at the end of the year as to the benefits and the challenges of participating/attending MMMA meetings.

Although not required, Scholarship recipients are strongly encouraged to participate on one MMMA Committee.

Eligibility Criteria for Candidates
a. Annual Municipal Budget cannot exceed $20 Million (FY20)
b. Applicant must not have been a member of the MMMA as a manager/administrator or assistant manager/administrator in the same community for the past 24 months

The MMMA will consider a Hardship Application for those not eligible under the criteria established.
Applicant must demonstrate a hardship as to why they cannot pay the membership dues or monthly meeting registration fees.

Process to Apply:

To be considered for the MMMA Membership Scholarship Award for FY21, please fill out the application below return it by March 31, 2020.

For more information about the Scholarship, please contact Denise Baker, MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator, at or 617-426-7272 x105.

The MMMA Nominating Committee will review all applications and make recommendations to the MMMA Executive Committee, which will make the final scholarship awards.

All selected Scholarship awardees will be notified no later than April 30, 2020.

  • We are interested in your response as we are considering exploring a program with retired managers to provide coverage in Town Hall for managers to attend MMMA events.
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