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Michigan Municipal League Foundation

Press Release


Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2018

Michigan Municipal League Foundation Announces Goodman Scholarship Recipient

George and Judith Goodman Scholarship Awarded to Ypsilanti Woman

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Municipal League Foundation has awarded the George and Judith Goodman Scholarship to Lauren Lahie of Ypsilanti.

Lahie is studying public policy at Michigan State University and plans to work in local government after graduation.

“In my classes, I have learned a lot about the impact local governments have on their communities, and it made me realize my passion for improving the lives of others,” she said. “I am passionate about helping others, and local government gives me the opportunity to do just that.”

Last summer, for example, Lahie participated in a service-learning program where she lived, worked and served in Detroit. The experience allowed her to work directly with city residents and, she said, helped her realize she was pursuing a meaningful career.

George and Judith Goodman have a long-standing commitment to making sure that underrepresented people—including women and people of color—have the chance to pursue careers in public service.

“We want the scholarship to help create a pipeline of qualified individuals by increasing training and other educational opportunities that remove barriers to success,” George Goodman said. “Encouraging more diversity in our local leadership will mean better representation and, hopefully, better outcomes for communities around the state.”

George Goodman served as executive director of the Michigan Municipal League for 22 years before retiring and becoming the MML Foundation president until 2008. He also served as Ypsilanti mayor for more than a decade. Judith Goodman was the assistant dean of admissions and student services at the University of Michigan Business School before her retirement.

One scholarship of up to $1,000 is awarded each year to a Michigan high school or college student pursuing a career in local government through a public policy or public administration undergraduate or graduate degree. Additional information is available at

The Michigan Municipal League Foundation helps create and maintain vibrant communities in Michigan by funding placemaking projects and educating community leaders and advocates. We recognize that communities are economic drivers, so the Foundation plays a key role in connecting communities to opportunities to help them grow and thrive.

For additional information, contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of communications, at (810) 874-1073 (cell); (734) 669-6317 (office) and

About the League: Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at





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