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Key Executive Leadership Programs

Available Scholarships

To help cover the cost of tuition and fees, the following scholarships are available.

Key Executive MPA Scholarship

The Key Executive MPA Scholarship provides financial support to incoming Key MPA students.

Eligible Key Executive Leadership MPA admitted students will have a 3.0 GPA, demonstrate a passion for public service, leadership potential, and a commitment to apply classroom principles and techniques.

Number of available awards: 4 scholarships in the Fall
2014-2015 Awards: $53,360 (up to $6,670 for the Fall and Spring semester for up to two years)
Application Deadline: April 15

Anita F. Alpern Scholarship

The Anita F. Alpern Scholarship was established through a gift from the estate of the late Anita F. Alpern. Professor Alpern served for twenty years as a Distinguished Adjunct in Residence at SPA. She taught courses in public administration and administrative ethics in the graduate MPA and Key Executive Leadership MPA programs, and was instrumental in raising the visibility of SPA in the federal government. Awardees are selected based upon merit, financial need, and commitment to public service. Students enrolled in the Key Executive Leadership MPA program who are receiving little or no financial support from their employer are eligible for the scholarship. The scholarship is awarded in late spring. Contact a Key advisor for more information.

Number of available awards: 1
2014-2015 Award: $2,500
Application Available: February 2014

Donald G. Zauderer Scholarship

Funded by donations from former students, family, friends and colleagues, the Donald G. Zauderer Key Executive Leadership Programs Scholarship provides a scholarship to partially support selected students’ costs associated with obtaining a MPA degree in the Key Executive Leadership program.

Applicants for the scholarship must be admitted into the Key Executive Leadership MPA Program and not be receiving financial support from their employer. Applicants must submit an essay describing their major strengths and how their participation in the Key Executive Leadership Program has enhanced their leadership potential and the public service (essay limited to 400 words). In addition to the essay, applicants must submit recommendation forms from three individuals, including one Key faculty member. The scholarship is awarded in late spring. Contact a Key advisor for more information.

As a faculty member at American University for thirty-two years (1970-2002), Dr. Zauderer co-founded and directed the Key Executive Leadership Program. He continually worked to improve the program out of a profound sense of obligation to students and their sponsoring organizations. Dr. Zauderer was also a caring teacher who brought out the best in his students. His knowledge, wry sense of humor and emphasis on colleagueship, intelligent discourse, and respectful sharing of diverse ideas, helped create a relaxed and focused atmosphere for deep learning in the classroom. His students honored his contributions by establishing this scholarship, and placing a tree and monument next to the Woods-Brown Amphitheater on the AU campus.

Number of available awards: 1
2014-2015 Award: $5,000
Application Available: February 2014