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Donald G. Zauderer Scholarship

Funded by donations from former students, family, friends and colleagues, the Donald G. Zauderer Key Executive Scholarship provides approximately $2,500 to partially support selected students’ costs associated with obtaining a MPA degree in the Key Executive program.

Dr. Donald G. Zauderer is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration at American University. While at American, Dr. Zauderer directed the Key Executive Program for emerging leaders in the public service. As an educational entrepreneur, he also developed graduate programs in Organization Development, Management Consulting, Human Resource Management, Public Financial Management, and the Management of Technology for the Mitre Corporation. Upon retiring from American, Dr. Zauderer served as Senior Advisor at The Brookings Institution, where he directed a program entitled Mastering the Art of Public Leadership. This innovative and value based program focused on developing the next generation of public service leaders.Dr. Zauderer received his PhD from Indiana University, with concentrations in Public Management, Public Policy Analysis, Organization Behavior, Political Science, and Economics.

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Applicants for the scholarship must be admitted into the Key Executive 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 Program will enhance their leadership potential and the public service (essay limited to 300 words). In addition to the essay, applicants must submit completed evaluation forms from three individuals (forms can be obtained from the Key Executive Program office). Application packets must be submitted to the Director of the Key Executive Program by July 15 each year. Recipients will be notified by August 15.

2010-2011 Awardee

Richard G. Mach Jr.
Bowie, MD
Key Executive Cohort 40
Key Executive Leadership Master’s in Public Administration

Richard Mach is pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration through the Key Executive Leadership program to strengthen his leadership and management skills.  Currently, Richard is the Director of Environmental Compliance and Restoration Policy in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Environment. In this role, he is a principal policy advisor for the Navy and Marine Corps on environmental programs, including compliance with environmental laws and regulations, cleanup of contaminated sites, and programs for pollution prevention and sustainability.  Richard has over 18 years of environmental experience working for the Navy in both Washington, DC headquarters and previously in San Diego field offices.  Prior to his civil service career, Richard served as an active duty Naval Officer aboard ships and shore installations in San Diego after graduating from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering.