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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 and continuing Key MPA students.

Eligible Key Executive Leadership MPA admitted and continuing students will meet the minimum GPA requirement, 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 Spring (continuing students) and 4 scholarships in the Fall (new students)
2015-2016 Awards: Each award is up to $6,670 for the Fall and Spring semesters for up to two years.
Application Deadline: April 15 (Fall) - EXTENDED! to May 1, 2015

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. 

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 500 words). In addition to the essay, applicants must submit recommendation letters from three individuals, including one Key faculty member. The scholarship is awarded in late spring. Contact a Key advisor for more information.

Number of available awards: 1
2015-2016 Award: $2,500
Application Available: January 14, 2015

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 500 words). In addition to the essay, applicants must submit recommendation letters 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 over thirty-two years , 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 is known as a caring teacher who brings 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
2015-2016 Award: $5,000
Application Available: January 14, 2015