Public service and youth involvement have been hallmarks of George D. Goodman’s career in local government. He served as mayor of Ypsilanti from 1972-1982 and was awarded the prestigious Public Service Achievement Award by Common Cause in 1987. Goodman has held numerous civic leadership roles including chair of the United Way of Michigan, board member of Starr Commonwealth and Youth for Understanding, and chair of the Washtenaw County Community College Foundation.

George D. Goodman

In recognition of George D. Goodman’s 22 years of service as Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League, the League established a scholarship fund in his honor. The purpose of the scholarship fund is to encourage young people to pursue careers in public service. Special assistance is available to high school and college students to enable them to:

  • attend national and Michigan local government conventions and seminars
  • pursue goals that enhance local government
  • pursue a public policy or public administration degree

Since the establishment of the scholarship fund in 2005, funds have sponsored student registrations at the League’s annual Capital Conference in Lansing. You can help make sure that students can experience the Capital Conference where they — and local officials — can get answers on all the state and federal issues that impact local communities. Make a contribution to the George D. Goodman Fund today as an investment in tomorrow’s leaders.

In 2011, the League Foundation implemented an essay competition for students. The essay contest is open to all Michigan students (ages 15-19) interested in local government and public service. Students are asked to write a minimum of 150 words on a relevant topic to the League’s mission and goals. The winning students receive complimentary conference registration to attend general and concurrent sessions, lunch, and the expo hall.