Pursuing a degree in Public Administration is a big decision. It’s an education that can qualify you for a broad variety of careers in different industries including for nonprofits and local, state, or national government.
If you’ve chosen that direction there are lots of public administration scholarships available. Below you’ll find a partial list. Though many of the 2020 deadlines have passed, now’s the time to start planning and preparing for 2021.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
55-65 scholarships of up to $30,000
To be eligible you need to be a full-time junior or senior undergraduate student at an accredited university, who’s pursing a career in government or public administration. You must also be a U.S. citizen who can demonstrate financial need. This is a highly competitive scholarship program, so it’s best to visit the website far in advance so you can start getting your application in order.
Deadline: February 4
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship:Truman.gov
Byron Hanke Fellowship
Multiple Recipients $3,000 – $5,000
To qualify for this award, you must be a graduate student working on a research project related to the development, management and governance of your community. The money will be awarded in three equal payments from inception through completion of your project.
Deadline: May 1
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship:website
The Women’s Overseas Service League
Multiple Recipients $500 – $1,000 renewable
This scholarship is for women who are committed to advancement in military or other public service careers and have completed 12 semester (or 18 quarter) hours of study in any institution of higher education with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Deadline: March 1
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: http://wosl.org/scholarships/
The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) National Scholarship Program
Multiple Recipients $1,000 to $10,000
This scholarship is fund is for both graduate and undergraduate African American and other minority students who are currently enrolled full-time in a public administration or public management program. To qualify, you’re required to take at least nine credits per semester, attend an accredited U.S. institution, show outstanding leadership, and be able to demonstrate your success in public service, either as a volunteer or professional.
Deadline: February 15
2021 Guidelines aren’t out yet, but to stay informed visit the NFBPA Website:website
In addition to national scholarships, there are a lot of scholarships available in specific states and through specific universities.
State-specific and School-specific Scholarships
A few of those include:
The George Nielsen Public Investor Scholarship – Colorado
To apply for this scholarship, you must be a Colorado resident who plans to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate degree program with a major in public administration, finance, business, or a related field.
You also must have been employed at least one year by a local government, and plans to continue pursuing a career in state or local government.
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