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SPA Donor Funded Graduate Scholarships for 2014-2015 Academic Year

Congratulations to the new awardees of 2014-2015 SPA Donor-Funded Graduate Scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year! The following is a summary of the donor-funded scholarship awards for enrolled students in graduate SPA programs.

William K. Reilly Scholarships

The Center for Environmental Policy is pleased to announce The William K. Reilly Scholarships. First-year Masters in Public Administration and Masters in Public Policy students are eligible to apply for the scholarships, two of which will be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. For more information about the William K. Reilly Fund at the Center for Environmental Policy, click here.

Jennifer Fernanzes
Kavita Mak

New Stapleton Scholarship Supports Students Pursuing US Foreign Service Careers

American University is now reviewing applications for the newly established Dorothy Walker Stapleton Scholarship Fund. This annual scholarship, funded through the generous support of AU alumnus Dorothy Walker Stapleton and Ambassador Craig Stapleton, will provide two $5,000 scholarship awards to AU students in the 2014-2015 academic year. The application process is now closed and winners will be notified later this year. For more information on Dorothy Walker Stapleton and application information, click here.


The School of Public Affairs is now accepting applications for the Drew Waverly Patterson Scholarship until October 15, 2014.  The Drew Waverly Patterson Fund was established in 2009 through the financial support of faculty, alumni, and friends of the Women &Politics Institute (WPI). The fund provides a financial award of $250.00 to directly support the cost of graduate and/or law school application fees for American University students. Eligible students must have completed an academic course (s) at American University related to women and politics. 

For application information, click here.

Anita F. Alpern Scholarship Fund (MPA or MPP)

Scholarship recipients for the Anita F. Alpern Scholarship Fund will be selected based upon merit and commitment to public service. Full or part-time students pursuing an MPA or MPP are eligible. The late Anita F. Alpern joined the faculty of the School of Public Affairs in the late 1970s and served for twenty years as a Distinguished Adjunct in Residence. She taught courses on public administration and administrative ethics in the graduate MPA and Key Executive programs.

Lindsey Holthaus

Bernard and Adele Rosen Endowed Scholarship (MPA)

Established by Dr. Bernard Rosen. Awarded to MPA students, 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. Eligible applicants are newly entering the MPA program and have maintained a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Daniel Kuhn

Bernard H. Ross Public Administration Scholarship (MPA or MPP)

Established by the School of Public Affairs in recognition of Dr. Bernard H. Ross' 38 years of scholarly service. This scholarship recognizes the impact that Dr. Ross' teaching, research, and publication have had on the field of public administration and public policy and on graduate education at American University.

Awarded, annually, to a student pursuing a master's in public administration or a master's in public policy. The recipient will show strong academic achievement at the undergraduate level, a record of community service, and maintain a 3.2 grade point average to renew scholarship.

Jennifer Fernandez

The John D. Young Memorial Scholarship (MPA or MPP)

The John D. Young Memorial Scholarship was established by the family of John D. Young after his death. John D. Young was described as a man who dedicated himself to outstanding public service with a 36 year career in government and over a decade of service to the department of Public Administration in SPA. The recipient will be chosen by a committee of faculty members in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Candidates for this award must be first year, full-time students who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better. They must also provide evidence of leadership ability and a sincere commitment to a career in public service.

Kristen Scott Kennedy

Paul Howard Clarke, Paul Ager Clarke and Isabella Ager Clarke Endowed Scholarship (SPA Graduate Students)

Established through a bequest from Isabella Ager Clarke to honor her late husband, Paul Howard Clarke, and son, Paul Ager Clarke. Awarded to graduate students who demonstrate academic merit in SPA. Each member of the Clarke family was a native of Washington, DC. The Clarkes have been involved in public arenas for many years, so it was a natural choice for Isabella to decide that a family scholarship to benefit students studying in the School of Public Affairs was a suitable memorial. Students must demonstrate an interest in public service.

Aundrea Baker
Crystal Dully
Ben Schaefer

Robert P. Boynton Award (SPA Graduate Students)

The School of Public Affairs established the Robert P. Boynton Award in memory of the late professor, Bob Boynton. It was created to award graduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence in the fields of comparative public administration, international development administration, and nonprofit management.

Alyssa Spina

Susan Dweck Scholarship (MPA)

Established by Susan Dweck (BA/CAS ’65, MSHR/SPA ’88), The Susan Dweck Scholarship is awarded, annually, in the fall, to a graduate student enrolled in the master of public administration program in the School of Public Affairs.

Matthew Garlipp

Other programs

To learn about scholarship opportunities in the Key Executive MPA program, please visit: www.american.edu/spa/key/scholarships.cfm.

To learn about scholarship opportunities in the AU MSOD program, please visit: www.american.edu/spa/auntl/Segal-Seashore.cfm.

To learn about scholarship opportunities for incoming MPA students, please visit: www.american.edu/spa/resources/Rosen-Scholarship.cfm.

To learn about the William K. Reilly Fund, please visit: www.american.edu/spa/cep/reilly-fund/.


Students may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid directly for questions regarding their financial aid package.

For general questions about the donor-funded scholarships, please contact Dan Mackeben at: mackeben@american.edu.