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About the Program

The Town of Davie's Public Affairs Academy began in the fall of 2011. It is now a 6-month program, running from October to April each year. The deadline to apply to participate in the FY2022/2023 program is October 26, 2022.

The program aims to provide high school seniors with the opportunity to learn about municipal government, build professional contacts, promote community service, effect policy change and teach students how to act and work in a professional setting.  

Students who live or attend a school in Davie and are in good academic standing are eligible to participate in the program.  

Each year, students submit their application which is reviewed and approximately ten students are placed with specific Town departments and divisions.

The program has evolved each year and is now a very structured program with specific days, times and activities scheduled for the students.  

Goals of the Mayor's Public Affairs Academy

  • Provide students with insight into their local government operations;
  • Opportunity to be mentored by Town department directors, managers, and other state and local officials;
  • Create a unique field-base educational experience and exposure to programs and activities that service Town of Davie residents; and 
  • Enhance, Educate and Encourage our community's future leaders to become active in their community and local government.

Program Overview

  • Minimum of 25 program hours
  • Behind-the-scenes experience
  • Work with department heads and other senior officials
  • Networking Opportunity

How to Apply to the Program?

Students interested in applying to the program, please complete and submit your application to Leona Henry at [email protected]

Please remember to identify why you want to participate in the program, what you hope to learn and how you currently see your role in government.

Applications can be downloaded at and should be submitted by the designated date identified by the program administrator. 

Scholarship Resources

Mayor's Scholarship Fund: 

Although Mayor Judy Paul truly loves serving the residents of Davie as Mayor, her passion remains in impacting lives through education. Amongst her Mayoral duties, she still enjoys visiting schools, reading to classes, speaking about the role of municipal government, and attending career days. 

The Mayor's Scholarship Fund was created to recognize students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Recipients of this scholarship are encouraged to commit themselves to public service. The Mayor's Scholarship will provide two (2) $500 scholarships to deserving graduating seniors interested in majoring in and pursuing a career in one (1) or more of the following areas:

  • Public Safety
  • Public Administration;
  • Law; and/or
  • Other Public Service-related fields.

The Mayor's Scholarship is open to Davie residents who attend a Davie school (public or private) and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  

Submission guidelines:

  • A letter of intent stating their area of career interest, colleges that have been applied to and/or been accepted and any relevant experience in public service fields, for example, police or fire explorers programs, JROTC, governmental internships, etc. This should be limited to four (4) pages, not including attachments or exhibits. A minimum 12-point font is required;
  • At least two (2) letters of recommendation from someone other than a family member who has known them for at least four (4) years; and
  • A current resume.
  • Submissions that omit any of the above-required documents will be automatically disqualified.
  • The scholarship application will be posted in the Spring. 

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department Director Jeff Pohlman at 954-797-1163 or [email protected].

Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation Scholarship Program: 

Plan to attend a college/university after graduation? Looking for additional funds to support your career goals?

The Davie Cooper City Educational Foundation, along with the Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce our 2022 Student Scholarship Program. We will award ONE high school recipient in the community with a $500 scholarship for college books, school supplies and/or technology. 

 High school seniors must meet ONE of the following to apply for the scholarship: 

 1. The applicant must attend a high school in the Davie or Cooper City community

2. The applicant's parent/legal guardian must live in the Davie-Cooper City community

3. The applicant's parent/legal guardian must be an active chamber member/business owner

PLEASE NOTE: In this application, you will be asked to upload an unofficial transcript and reference letter before submitting. 

For more information about this program, please contact Executive Director Raphael Walters at 954-581-0790, [email protected] or visit 

Broward County City Managers' Association, Inc. (BCCMA) Scholarship Program 

The Broward County City Managers' Association, Inc. (BCCMA) Scholarship Program supports students pursuing education and careers in Public Administration. 

The purpose of the Broward County City Managers' Association, Inc. is to regularly bring together local government professional administrators to stimulate the highest standards of public service and administration and to promote good fellowship and closer intergovernmental relationships. Supporting educational endeavors is aligned with BCCMA's goal of community problem-solving and improving the quality of life for the residents of Broward and the various communities we serve.

Scholarship Availability

The Broward County City Managers' Association, Inc. will sponsor four (4) individual $1,000 scholarships for expenses associated with academic endeavors at a college or university for students studying public administration, political science, or a government-related field. The scholarships will also include a one-year Mentorship/ Internship opportunity with a current BCCMA Member.

Eligibility Requirements

  • To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:
  • Be enrolled during the summer or fall of the applicable school year and be pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in an accredited program;
  • Be pursuing a major in public administration, political science, or a government-related field;
  • Be a permanent resident of Broward County; and
  • Have a minimum cumulative unweighted grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), verified by a school transcript.


Qualifying students must submit a completed application. The application must include an essay telling us about your educational aspirations, future goals and career plans in public service, and why you believe public service is important; official transcripts, resume and two letters of recommendation to be considered for these awards. Please contact the BCCMA Scholarship Committee at [email protected] if you have any questions.

For more information about this program, visit