Minnesota Government Finance Officers Association

Promoting excellence and leadership in the government finance profession

John B. Lilja Undergraduate Scholarship

John Lilja was an associate member. From 1980 to 1992, John was the chair of the MnGFOA Accounting and Financial Reporting Committee. He would provide annual seminars for the benefit of those members who were aspiring to achieve the coveted GFOA Certificate of Achievement in Excellence in Financial Reporting Award. He touched many people as an educator through his many professional association memberships and other accounting-related organizations. John was willing to answer individual questions and would take the time to informally review reports of individual jurisdictions to help them improve their reporting to the point they could submit and receive the award. Without his encouragement and technical assistance, the Financial Reporting Award program in Minnesota would not have gained recognition as one of the finest in GFOA. In 1981, John was honored as the first recipient of the Thomas J. Moran Award for his outstanding effort to improve the public financial administration as best exemplified by Thomas J. Moran. In 1989, MnGFOA began awarding an annual undergraduate scholarship to student(s) majoring in accounting. Shortly after his death in 1994, MnGFOA renamed the annual scholarship(s) in his honor and dedicated the John B. Lilja Undergraduate Scholarship in his memory.

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Two scholarships for $500 each will be awarded.

One $500 scholarship will be awarded during the spring semester.  Applications due April 30, 2024.

One $500 scholarship will be awarded during the fall semester.  Applications due November 30, 2024.