Following is a summary of the donor-funded scholarship awards for graduate students (master's level only) at the School of Public Affairs. All scholarship award decisions are made by the Dean's Office at the School of Public Affairs, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Students may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid directly for questions regarding their financial aid package.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Susan Dweck Scholarship (MPA)
Established by Susan Dweck (BA/CAS ’65, MSHR/SPA ’88), The Susan Dweck Scholarship is awarded, annually, to a graduate student enrolled in the master of public administration program in the School of Public Affairs.