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MPA Scholarships

While any master's program can be a lucrative invesment, fortunately for those interested in attending a Master of Public Administration program, there are many scholarship opportunities. MPA scholarships vary depending on cost, scholarship provider, guidelines, and requirements for applications. Below, we've assempled a list of some of the top scholarships for students looking to partake in an MPA program.

1. $2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship

MPA Scholarship Provider: College Prowler

MPA Scholarship Amount: $2,000

Info and Availability: The $2,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students and those planning on enrolling within 12 months. The monthly winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced on our Facebook page. One entry per person, but you can come back each month to try again.

Contact Info: College Prowler


2. AAUW Fellowships and Grants

MPA Scholarship Provider: The American Association of University Women

MPA Scholarship Amount: $2,000-$30,000

Info and Availability: The AAUW offers a variety of scholarships and grants which apply to women entering or participating in an MPA program.

Contact Info: Application and Instructions


3. AKAEAF Graduate Scholarships

MPA Scholarship Provider: Alpha Kappa Alpha

MPA Scholarship Amount: Varies

Info and Availability: To be eligible for this one-year one-time only scholarship, the applicant must: -- Be a full-time, sophomore or beyond -- Be currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution -- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("B" average) -- Demonstrate community service and involvement.

Contact Info: Application Details

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4. American Indian College Fund

MPA Scholarship Provider: American Indian College Fund

MPA Scholarship Amount: Varies

Info and Availability: Minimum requirements for all American Indian College Fund Full Circle scholarships include:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Enrolled in a non-tribal college or university.
  • Registered as a member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or a descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member.
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0, but many American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships funded by our partners are more competitive.
  • You may check the scholarships available and their eligibility requirements listed here or download a listing of all American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship graduate scholarships.
  • Submission of a completed on-line application.

Contact Info: Application Information


5. APIASF Scholarship Program

MPA Scholarship Provider: Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

MPA Scholarship Amount: Not Listed

Info and Availability: Applicants Must:

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census.
  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. (Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.)
  • Be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2013. Please read each listing for specific eligibility requirements regarding the academic standing required for each scholarship.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED.

Contact Info: Application Information


6. Association of Former Intelligence Officers Scholarships

MPA Scholarship Provider: Association of Former Intelligence Officers

MPA Scholarship Amount: Not Listed

Info and Availability: Evaluation criteria include merit, character, serious of academic commitment, and relevance of your studies to national security interests and career ambitions.

Contact Info: Application Information scholarships@afio.com


7. B.Davis Scholarship

MPA Scholarship Provider: Student Award Search

MPA Scholarship Amount: $1000

Info and Availability: To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on what you would consider to be the most important issue that society has to deal with in the next 10 or 20 years. Why do you think this issue so important?

Contact Info: Application Information


8. Byron Hanke Fellowship

MPA Scholarship Provider: Foundation for Community Association Research

MPA Scholarship Amount: $2,000-$4,000

Info and Availability: The Byron Hanke Fellowship is available to graduate students working on topics related to community associations. Community associations govern common-interest communities of any kind—condominiums, cooperatives, townhouse developments, planned unit developments, and other developments where homeowners support an association with mandatory financial assessments, and are subject to use and aesthetic restrictions.

Contact Info: Application Information


9. CHCI Scholarship

MPA Scholarship Provider: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

MPA Scholarship Amount: $5000

Info and Availability:

  • Full-time enrollment in a United States Department of Education accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which scholarship is requested.
  • Demonstrated financial need.
  • Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.

Contact Info: Application Information


10. The Citadel Capital Scholarship

MPA Scholarship Provider: The Citadel Capital Scholarship Foundation

MPA Scholarship Amount: Up to $50,000

Info and Availability: The Foundation is funded by an endowment from Citadel Capital to grant academic scholarships for talented and promising young Egyptian men and women to pursue master degrees and PhDs abroad in all fields of study. The Citadel Scholarship funds under two schemes: the full scholarship covering tuition and living expenses and the partial scholarship covering tuition only. The ceiling for tuition fees is $50,000 USD per annum.

Contact Info: Application Information


11. Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund

MPA Scholarship Provider: FEEA

MPA Scholarship Amount: Up to $2500

Info and Availability: Current civilian federal and postal employees with at least three years of federal service, their children and spouses -Dependent applicants may first apply as high school seniors -Dependents must be full-time students; employees may be part-time -Enrolled (or plan to enroll) in an accredited post-secondary school -Course of study that leads to a two-year, four-year or graduate degree -3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale

Contact Info: Application Information


12. The United Methodist Student Loan Program

MPA Scholarship Provider: The United Methodist General Board of Higher Education & Ministry

MPA Scholarship Amount: GBHEM Administers over 50 scholarship programs with varied criteria and deadlines. The Scholarship Office reviews each application to determine the best program for the student.

Info and Availability: Applicants must be:

  • An active, full member of a United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to applying.
  • Admitted to a degree program in an accredited college or university within the United States.
  • Maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 or above.
  • High school students may apply if they will be college students in the fall term.

Contact Info: Application Information


13. Google Policy Fellowship

MPA Scholarship Provider: Google

MPA Scholarship Amount: $7,500 USD

Info and Availability: The Google Policy Fellowship program offers students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer working on these issues at public interest organizations in either Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, Toronto, or Ottawa, Canada. Students will work for 10 weeks over the summer of 2012.

Contact Info: Application Information policyfellowship@google.com


14. GFOA Scholarships

MPA Scholarship Provider: Government Finance Officers Association

MPA Scholarship Amount: Varies

Info and Availability: GFOA offers scholarships for full and part-time students preparing for careers in state and local government finance.

Contact Info: Application Information


15. GovLoop and NASPAA Scholarship

MPA Scholarship Provider: GovLoop and NASPAA

MPA Scholarship Amount: Up to $2,500.00 USD

Info and Availability: The GovLoop / NASPAA Scholarship for is open only to those individuals who are currently enrolled in an accredited postsecondary institution and are pursuing a graduate degree in public administration, public policy, public affairs, law, or a related field, or are a student in a program that is a member of NASPAA (though membership in NASPAA is not required). Current employees, officers, directors and agents of GovLoop and NASPAA and its related companies and members of their immediate families (defined as spouse, parents, siblings and children) are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited.

Contact Info: Application Information


16. Harry Truman Scholarship

MPA Scholarship Provider: The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

MPA Scholarship Amount: Varies

Info and Availability: Applicants should:

  • Be a "change agent," in time, improving the ways that government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public.
  • Have participated extensively in two or more of the following sets of activities: Student government and/or campus-based extracurricular activities; Community service-related activities that were not organized by my school or by my fraternity/sorority; Government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities, or military/ROTC; Partisan political activities and campaign.
  • See full list here.

Contact Info: Application Information


17. Hispanic College Fund College and Career Institute

MPA Scholarship Provider: Hispanic College Fund College and Career Institute

MPA Scholarship Amount: Up to $10,000

Info and Availability: 3.0 cumulative GPA, U.S. citizen, demonstrate financial need, participate in 3 webinars through the HCF.

Contact Info: Application Information


18. Hispanic Scholarship Foundation General College Scholarship

MPA Scholarship Provider: Hispanic Scholarship Foundation General College Scholarship

MPA Scholarship Amount: Up to $5000

Info and Availability: Must be of Hispanic heritage and pursuing a first graduate degree. Must be a US Citizen, have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, enroll full time at a graduate institution, and complete FAFSA.

Contact Info: Application Information


19. The Korean American Scholarship Foundation

MPA Scholarship Provider: The Korean American Scholarship Foundation

MPA Scholarship Amount: Varies

Info and Availability:

  • Undergraduate, graduate, and high school students enrolled full time during the scholarship application year.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals).
  • If extra funds are available, other students (non-Korean) may qualify for some scholarships.

Contact Info: Application Information


20. Mensa Scholarships

MPA Scholarship Provider: Mensa Education & Research Foundation

MPA Scholarship Amount: Up to $1,000

Info and Availability:

  • The applicant must be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning during the academic year following the application date.
  • The applicant must submit an application and essay explaining his or her career, academic and/or vocational goals.

Contact Info: Application Information


21. The MyBookBuyer.com Textbooks For a Year Scholarship

MPA Scholarship Provider: MyBookBuyer.com

MPA Scholarship Amount: Up to $1,250

Info and Availability: According to the scholarship's details: "Applicants must submit an essay. How well you build your topic and engage the reader is paramount. What we're looking for is some level of emotional engagement that is well thought out with well written examples of support. Bonus points will be given if your idea is well researched."

Contact Info: Application Information


22. National Pathfinder Scholarship

MPA Scholarship Provider: National Federation of Republican Women

MPA Scholarship Amount: $2,500

Info and Availability: Varies

Contact Info: Application Information


23. Open Society Scholarships

MPA Scholarship Provider: The Open Society Foundation

MPA Scholarship Amount: Varies

Info and Availability: Varies

Contact Info: Application Information


24. Point Scholarships

MPA Scholarship Provider: Point Foundation

MPA Scholarship Amount: Varies

Info and Availability: Very strong academic performance is one characteristic that Point seeks in all its applicants and subsequent scholars. Additionally, proven leadership skills and the desire to make a difference in the world are highly valued. Each person who applies for a Point Scholarship is evaluated on the totality of their situation. Academic achievement, personal merit, leadership, involvement in the LGBTQ community, professional experiences, financial need, marginalization, personal and future goals are all taken into consideration.

Contact Info: Application Information

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25. The Beinecke Scholarship Program

MPA Scholarship Provider: The Sperry Fund

MPA Scholarship Amount: $34,000

Info and Availability: The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 500 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university.

Contact Info: Application Information


26. The Federal Student Loan Repayment Program

MPA Scholarship Provider: The Office of Personnel Management

MPA Scholarship Amount: Varies

Info and Availability: Any employee (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2105) who is highly qualified is eligible to receive a student loan repayment, except those employees who currently occupy or will occupy a position excepted from the competitive service because of its confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating character (e.g., employees serving under Schedule C appointments). See full list here.

Contact Info: Application Information


27. The Leopold Schepp Foundation

MPA Scholarship Provider: The Leopold Schepp Foundation

MPA Scholarship Amount: Up to $8,500

Info and Availability:

  • Undergraduates must be under 30 years of age at the time of application. Graduates must be under 40 years of age at the time of application.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and must enroll full-time.
  • PhD candidates who have only the dissertation to complete and who are not enrolled in class full-time are not eligible.
  • Only one student in a family can apply and receive a scholarship at the same time.
  • High school seniors are eligible to apply during their senior year in high school for their first year in college.
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • Scholars who are requesting aid for a second degree at the same level for which a degree has already been awarded are not eligible to apply, for example, a second Bachelor’s Degree or second Master’s Degree.
  • Due to limited funding, the number of applications given to students enrolled in graduate study at medical, law or business school is limited.
  • A personal interview in New York City is required of all applicants. (Travel expenses are not reimbursed.)
  • Students who have previously applied for a Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship and who were denied an award are not eligible to reapply.

Contact Info: Application Information


28. NIAF Scholarships

MPA Scholarship Provider: The National Italian American Foundation

MPA Scholarship Amount: Varies

Info and Availability: Any high school senior, undergraduate, graduate student or doctoral student may apply for a NIAF Scholarship. This includes students attending medical or law school. For any questions on the application that do not apply to you, please leave them blank unless stated as a required field. If you secure a NIAF Scholarship, you will be asked to show proof of enrollment for Fall 2013 in a US-based, accredited institution of higher education before the scholarship monies can be paid. See full list here.

Contact Info: Application Information


29. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

MPA Scholarship Provider: The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

MPA Scholarship Amount: Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition support for each year of graduate study supported, a total of as much as $90,000.

Info and Availability: The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

Contact Info: Application Information


30. The Pittsburgh Foundation

MPA Scholarship Provider: The Pittsburgh Foundation

MPA Scholarship Amount: Varies

Info and Availability: The Foundation currently has more than 1,600 individual donor funds and, together with its supporting organizations, assets of more than $800 million (at December 31, 2010). Grantmaking benefits a broad spectrum of community life within Pittsburgh and beyondThe Foundation has strengthened its focus on community and the positive impact it strives to achieve through its grantmaking, the engagement of its donors in critical regional issues and its activities around convening and leadership, in collaboration with funding and civic partners. See full list here.

Contact Info: Application Information


31. The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

MPA Scholarship Provider: The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

MPA Scholarship Amount: Up to $40,000

Info and Availability: The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Contact Info: Application Information


32. Scholarships for Women

MPA Scholarship Provider: The Women's Overseas Service League

MPA Scholarship Amount: $500.00 to $1000.00 annually

Info and Availability: Scholarship awards may be granted to women who:

  • Are committed to advancement in military or other public service careers.
  • Have demonstrated such commitment through life experiences.
  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester (or 18 quarter) hours of study in any institution of higher education with a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
  • Are admitted for study in an institution of higher learning in a program leading to an academic degree (Associate Degree or higher).
  • The program may be professional or technical in nature.
  • Agree to enroll for a minimum of six semester (or nine quarter) hours of study each academic period.
  • Agree to maintain academic standards.

Contact Info: Application Information


33. The University of North Carolina Public Service Fellowship

MPA Scholarship Provider: The University of North Carolina

MPA Scholarship Amount: Not Listed

Info and Availability: The North Carolina Public Service Fellowship is available to North Carolina residents who are active and effective participants in public service. Fellowship recipients are selected based on the merit of their application, their demonstrated commitment to public service in the state of North Carolina, and their potential as aspiring public service leaders.

Contact Info: To learn more about these fellowships or MPA@UNC, please contact an admissions counselor at 1.855.UNC.4MPA or onlinempa@unc.edu.


34. North Carolina Public Leaders Fellowship

MPA Scholarship Provider: The University of North Carolina

MPA Scholarship Amount: Not Listed

Info and Availability: The North Carolina Public Leaders Fellowship is available to public service employees in North Carolina who demonstrate significant potential as public service leaders. This fellowship is awarded to individuals who can effectively convey the academic contributions they will make as students in the MPA@UNC program and as alumni. Fellowship recipients are selected based on the merit of their application, potential as a future North Carolina public service leader, and experience in public service.

Contact Info: To learn more about these fellowships or MPA@UNC, please contact an admissions counselor at 1.855.UNC.4MPA or onlinempa@unc.edu.

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