Funded by donations from alumni and friends the MPA Alumni Scholarships are awarded in two ways:
1) Students may apply for an award prior to enrolling in the graduate program by completing the MPA Alumni Scholarship Application and submitting the requested information to the MPA Program Coordinator. Recipients of an Alumni Scholarship must be enrolled full time.
Students currently enrolled in the MPA program may also apply for an Alumni Scholarship. Applicants must have completed at least 9 hours in the graduate program, excluding transferred hours, but not more than 24 hours, and have a cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.70. Recipients of an Alumni Scholarship must be enrolled full time. Recipients of a Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship or employed as a TA, TF or Research Assistant by the Department of Public Administration are not eligible. The department's scholarship committee will use the following deadlines in making award decisions: June 1, August 1 and January 1.
2) Full time department faculty members may nominate students for an alumni scholarship by requesting that a candidate complete the MPA Alumni Scholarship Application form. Both eligibility and the review process are the same as that used for self-applicants. Nominations may be made throughout the year.
Renewal of an Alumni Scholarship requires reapplication or re-nomination. All awards are for tuition and fees while students are enrolled in the MPA program. Award amounts will vary depending on (1) the availability of funding and (2) the qualifications of the applicant or nominee. The MPA Program Coordinator will notify the scholarship committee of the amount of funding available for distribution at each award cycle. Awards will be announced by the MPA Program Coordinator.