Burton Scholarships Financial Assistance for Training
Information about the John G. Burton Endowment for the Support of Municipal Programs
Purpose and Administration
The endowment has a two-fold purpose, which is to advance the content, quality, and
effectiveness of municipal programs held at The University of Alabama’s College of
Continuing Studies, and also to help perpetuate and improve the quality of services
rendered by the League of Municipalities to their constituents. The fund is administrated
by a panel consisting of the President of the League, the Executive Director of the
League of Municipalities, the Director of the Division of Professional and Management
Development, and the Dean of the College of Continuing Studies. To apply for financial
assistance, please fill out the following application:
John G. Burton Endowment Scholarship Online Application
Municipal Programs Supported by the Fund
- Municipal Management Training Institute for Municipal Clerks and Administrators (Municipal
Clerks Annual Conference) provides municipal clerks and administrators with education on important issues and
concerns facing them professionally and personally. Topics such as elections, records
retention, and other legal issues are covered.
- Certified Municipal Clerks Program (CMC) was established in 1970, and is designed to enhance the job performance of the clerk
in small and large municipalities. It prepares the applicants to meet the challenges
of the complex role of municipal clerks by providing them with quality education in
partnership with institutions of higher learning.
- Master Municipal Clerks Program (MMC) is an advanced continuing education program for clerks who hold a CMC certification.
The program prepares participants to perform complex municipal duties through extensive
and rigorous educational components and professional and social contributions.
- Municipal Revenue Officers Certification Program is designed to improve the professional, administrative, and fiscal skills of participating
municipal revenue officers through a series of courses approved by the Alabama Municipal
Revenue Officers Association (AMROA). It also serves to help municipal revenue officers
develop their management skills and abilities and obtain more expertise and status
in their profession as they serve their communities.
- Alabama Revenue Officers Association Annual Conference updates participants on new trends in municipal revenue management. Current developments
in revenue law, ABC laws, auditing techniques, and business licenses are some topics
that are addressed.
The Alabama League of Municipalities in cooperation with The University of Alabama
College of Continuing Studies established this endowment in honor of John G. Burton
who served as the first president of the Alabama League of Municipalities in 1936
and held an executive position on that board for eight years. Mr. Burton was a recipient
of state and national recognition for his progressive ideas and accomplishments. A
native of Walker County, he attended Eldridge Baptist Academy. He was employed with
the Central Bank and Trust Company in Jasper from 1918-1932. Elected mayor of Jasper
in 1932, Burton served in that capacity until 1946. During his tenure as mayor, he
made important contributions to his county and state. He was instrumental in getting
tax dollars for municipalities, and he established schools for the training of municipal
workers. Mr. Burton was a member of the Board of Trustees of Walker College in Jasper
from 1938 to 1946. From then until 1956, he served as the business manager of Howard
College. He worked in the real estate business from 1956 until his retirement.