Education & Scholarship
The Education and Scholarship Committee chair is currently Holly Powell, City of Fitchburg. (2017)

APWA Wisconsin Chapter Scholarship Information
The current WI Chapter Scholarship Program was created as a method to promote the public works profession to undergraduate students throughout the state. This program is for Junior and Senior students enrolled in a full time program seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Public Administration, Public Works Management or a related field. The annual award for an associate’s degree student is $500 and a bachelor’s degree is $1,000.

To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must: 
  • Be a full time undergraduate student who, at the time of application, has attained a Junior or Senior status in an accredited program and is seeking a degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Public Administration, Public Works Management or a related field.
  • Be a full time student attending an accredited college or university in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Have a college cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 basis.
  • Be sponsored by a current member of the Wisconsin Chapter of APWA.
Application Deadline: Completed applications shall be submitted to the name and address listed on the application form available on the Education and Scholarship Committee Website ( All applications must be postmarked no later than August 31st. Candidates selected for scholarship(s) shall be notified no later than October 1st and will be invited to attend the Chapter’s Fall Conference in November.

Scholarship Awards: Scholarships awards shall be made in the form of a check issued by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Public Works Association. Checks shall be two-party checks issued to the student and the student’s university. Scholarship awards may be used for tuition and or books.

Additional Information: Any questions concerning this scholarship may be addressed to  the Education and Scholarship Committee Chair (contact information at bottom of page).

Application Form Links to Apply:

APWA Associates Scholarship Application

APWA Bachelors Scholarship Application

Public Works Supervisory Academy and Public Works Management Institute
The schedule of Public Works Supervisory Academy offering of classes is available for registration. The brochure (PWSA.pdf) is downloadable and includes class descriptions, locations, dates and registration forms.

ALL classes are scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.!

Downloadable brochure here:
Spring 2015 Brochure

Public Works Supervisory Academy
The Public Works Supervisory Academy is a nine-class program that provides first and second-line supervisors with the tools to be effective managers. Our knowledgeable and experienced instructors provide up-todate information, as well as opportunities to practice skills and to problem solve with other participants.

The nine classes that comprise the Public Works Supervisory academy are:
  • Basic Management For Public Works Supervisors
  • Citizen/Customer Service
  • Equipment Use & Workplace Safety
  • Fundamentals of Government and Ethics
  • Improving Communication Skills
  • Leadership Skills for Supervisors
  • Nuts & Bolts of Personnel Management
  • Management Assessment
  • Purchasing & Inventory Control
To apply:

All classes are offered each calendar year. You can take classes in any order and you can enroll in individual sessions without enrolling in the entire Academy. Completion of the Academy fulfills 54 hours of the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager® Program. UW-Madison Continuing Studies offers the Academy in cooperation with the American Public Works Association Wisconsin Chapter.

How you'll benefit:
  • Learn skills you can use at work
  • Connect with others in public works and public management
  • Prepare for future job opportunities and challenges
PWSA graduates are encouraged to continue their professional development by enrolling in the Public Works Management Institute.

Public Works Management Institute
The Wisconsin Public Works Management Institute (PWMI) continues the leadership training offered in the Public Works Supervisory Academy by providing advanced management classes for managers and public works leaders.

The Institute is recognized and approved by the American Public Works Association (APWA) and offered by UW-Madison Continuing Studies in cooperation with UW-Madison Engineering Professional Development and Wisconsin Chapter-APWA.

Classes offered in the Public Works Management Institute are:
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Budgeting for Public Works
  • Labor and Employee Relations
  • Municipal Engineering Fundamentals (2-day program)
  • Fundamentals of Public Works Operations (2-day program)
  • Public Works Management Capstone
New Option to meet Certifiicate Requirements: Participants can now choose between the two-day "Municipal Engineering Fundamentals for Non-Engineers" and the two-day "Fundamentals of Public Works Organizations" to meet the requirements for the Public Works Management Institute.
All classes are offered each calendar year. You may register for any of these classes without applying for the Institute.

To Apply:

The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) provides partial reimbursement to both municipal employee members (50%) and non-members (25%) of the APWA Wisconsin Chapter who attend the PUBLIC WORKS SUPERVISORY ACADEMY (PWSA) and PUBLIC WORKS MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (PWMI) conducted by the UW-Extension.
  • Members are eligible for course reimbursement of 50% of the course fee up to $400. Non-members are eligible for 25% reimbursement of the course fee up to $150.” Note: Courses that are part of a degree program are not eligible for tuition reimbursement.
  • Courses taken under the PWSA and PWMI do not require advanced approval for reimbursement. The PWMI and PWSA websites will provide details on the program and course availability.
  • Courses other than those included in the PWSA and PWMI programs require advance approval prior to attending in order to qualify for reimbursement.
  • Upon completion of either a PWSA, PWMI or other course approved in advance, you must send verification of payment and attendance to the Education and Scholarship Committee chairperson.
If you have any questions or wish to seek advance approval for a course outside the PWSA or PWMI programs, please contact the current EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIP committee chairperson.

Education & Scholarship Chair: Holly Powell, City of Fitchburg
Contact at 608-270-4263608-270-4263 or email

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