Youth Scholarship Fund

Currently funded by the Merril & Zona Bailey Fund

Previously funded by the Dennis Archer Fund, the youth scholarship fund was created to cover expenses for young people who are selected to attend the NLC Congress of Cities under the auspices of the Institute for Youth, Education and Families. Scholarship applicants are required to participate in the Annual Essay Contest.

If you would like to contribute to the Youth Scholarship Fund, please click here.

Annual Essay Contest

Every year the MML Foundation presents an essay contest for high school students (ages 15-18) to stimulate interest in local government and public service.  The winners receive an expense paid trip to the NLC Congress of Cities conference where they will have the opportunity to participate in many youth delegate workshops and network with public officials from around the country.  The winners must be accompanied by an adult who will receive up to $500 toward their expenses upon submission of travel receipts.

Future NLC Congress of Cities Conferences:
November 4, 2015 - November 7, 2015 Nashville, Tennessee

The essay contest is designed to give students an opportunity to use their knowledge and experience to creatively voice their views on what they value in their community and how it can be improved.  The essay topic is "If you were an elected official (i.e. councilmember/mayor/village president) how would you improve the quality of life in your community?"  Essays will be judged on creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought and proper use of grammar and spelling. 

The 2015 NLC Congress of Cities will be held November 4-7, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  For the 2015 essay contest information, please click the links below:

2015 Essay Competition Information

2015 Essay Competition Application

All essays must be postmarked no later than September 25, 2015 and sent to the Michigan Municipal League, Attn: Deborah Walton-Medley, Director of Financial Operations, 1675 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI  48105.

Past Essay Competition Winners

2014 Winners
Chelsea Carter, North Farmington High School
Kyla Wright, Renaissance High School

2013 Winners
Aubrey Perry, Farmington High School
Tiffany Askew, Washtenaw International High School

2012 Winners
Destinee Jair Massie, International Academy, West
Hannah Hayes, Christian Victory Homeschool

2011 Winners
Wayne Askew, II, International Academy, East
Kristen Jordan, Grand Blanc High School
Janette St. Bernard, Lenawee Christian High School
Lakeisha Ross, Cass Technical High School

2010 Winners
Danielle Purkey-Lake Orion High School
Simone Alhagri-Hamtramck High School

2009 Winner
Jessica McCleod-Bad Axe High School

2008 Winners
Alexis Davis-Southfield-Lathrup High School
Zoe Haynes-Southfield Home School

2007 Winners
Audrey Sutherland-Harbor Beach High School
Andrea Barta-St. Joseph High School
Archana Bharadwaj-St. Joseph High School