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School of Public Affairs Griffin Scholarship

The School of Public Affairs Griffin Scholarship is awarded to students from New England states who demonstrate leadership in civic and school projects, and aptitude for public service. One award at $2500 is available this year. The award was established in December of 2006 through the generosity of Charles "Chip" Griffin, a 1994 SPA alum.

2010-2011 Awardees


Amanda Lumnah
Hometown: Taunton, MA
BA/ Political Science
Class of 2011

Amanda Lumnah is a senior from the Boston area. She is an honors student pursuing a political science major and mathematics minor. Currently, she is beginning her third semester as an intern with DC Public Schools in the Office of the Chief Academic Officer. Through her internship and the inspiring writing seminar that prompted her to seek it, Amanda has developed a deep interest in public education policy. In addition to her rigorous course load and internship, Amanda gives back to the University by serving as an AU Ambassador to prospective students in the admissions office. Amanda will be graduating in December of 2010 and plans to stay in DC to pursue a master’s degree in public policy or begin a career in education reform.

Alyson Higgins
Hometown: Windham, New Hampshire
Class of 2012
BA/ Communications, Law, Economics and Government (CLEG) and International Studies

Alyson came to American University to pursue her love of government and law and work towards her dream of one day becoming the Attorney General of the United States. Knowing the importance of gaining professional experience, Alyson has persistently pursued internship opportunities—securing positions with IMPACT International, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Dow Lohnes Governmental Strategies Group. She remains active in her community as a tutor and mentor to inner-city girls with the Program for Academic Leadership Skills (PALS) and through her involvement with club gymnastics here at AU. Since beginning her studies, Alyson developed an interest in travelling and upon graduation hopes to join the Peace Corps. Currently, she is applying to study abroad programs for her junior year, which will broaden her educational experience.