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Bernard and Adele Rosen Scholarship for the Masters in Public Administration Program

The Bernard and Adele Rosen Scholarship for the Masters in Public Administration Program was both created by and named after Bernard Rosen, Distinguished Adjunct Professor in Residence Emeritus at the School of Public Affairs, and his beloved wife for over 60 years, the late Adele Rosen. This year The Rosen Scholarship provides $5,000 to a full-time graduate student entering the two-year Masters in Public Administration program. Half of the scholarship will be awarded during the student's first year. The remaining $2,500 will be distributed in the student's second year, pending the successful completion of the first year. Awardees will be selected based on academic and leadership experiences, as well as their interest in applying knowledge and insights developed in the MPA program to a career in government service.

In addition to the Rosen’s generous financial gift to American University, Professor Rosen donated a comprehensive autobiography chronicling his career in the federal civil service and higher education. The autobiography is housed in AU’s archive library and is available to students and scholars. It provides an overview of his career in academia and in government, copies and excerpts of prominent papers and testimony delivered during his public service, and highlights of his life with Adele. Adele’s enormous contribution in research, editing, and typing is acknowledged in the major published writings of Professor Rosen.

Bernard Rosen taught graduate courses in politics of administration, public personnel administration, public management, and ethics for public managers at American University's School of Public Affairs. Prior to this 25-year second career, which concluded in the spring of 2000, he was Executive Director of the United States Civil Service Commission, the central personnel management agency of the federal government. As a thirty-four year career official in the U.S. Government, he served in key positions in Washington, Cincinnati, Chicago, San Francisco, and overseas.

2010-2011 Awardee


Andrew F. Cardenas
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Class of 2010
MPA, Concentration in Public Financial Management and Management Consulting

Andrew is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration with concentrations in public financial management and management consulting. Prior to attending graduate school, Andrew attended Florida International University where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in international relations. His interest in international relations has led him to living in four different countries and working overseas. Andrew will complete his degree this December and is very appreciative of his time here at AU and the knowledge he has gained from his professors within the School of Public Affairs.