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Undergraduate Scholarships at the School of Public Affairs

Following is a summary of the donor-funded scholarship awards for undergraduate students at the School of Public Affairs. The application process for the 2019-2020 academic year is not yet open.

If you plan to apply for the 2019-2020 award, please note that award recipients ONLY will be notified by July 1, 2019

Students may contact Financial Aid for questions regarding their financial aid package.

For general questions about donor-funded scholarships, please contact spa_ugscholarships@american.edu.

The Allotta Family Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in December 2011 by Joseph Allotta SPA '69 and Elizabeth Allotta to provide scholarships to deserving students enrolled in a degree program in the School of Public Affairs.

Applicants for the Scholarship will submit an essay articulating their background and interests in pursuing a career in the labor movement or worker rights. A committee appointed by the Dean of SPA will review applications each spring for awards to be made in the following academic year. The committee's recommendation for the Scholarship will be forwarded to the Dean for final approval. If in a particular year there are no qualified applicants, the University may choose to award the Scholarship in a manner that best follows the Donors' original intent or reserve the funds for Scholarship awards in subsequent years when qualified applicants are identified.

The Harry C. Biser Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 by Harry C. Biser SIS/BS '50, SIS/MA '51, to provide financial assistance to graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program in the School of Public Affairs. Mr. Biser, a graduate of American University in 1950, had a long and distinguished career in college admissions at institutions including Georgia Tech University and Stephans College in Missouri. He was also a lead founder of the Golden Eagles alumni circle at American University in 2007. This gift recognizes his heartfelt commitment to the School of Public Affairs and undergraduate education at AU.

Current Recipients:
Catherine Sarro

No additional awards available at this time.

Qualifications: Undergraduate students with minimum 3.2 GPA

To honor the memory of her son and husband, Isabella Ager Clarke established a bequest providing for an endowed scholarship in the School of Public Affairs. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students, with a minimum GPA of 3.2, based on merit. Students must demonstrate an interest in public service.

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.

Paul A. Clarke, the son of Paul H. and Isabella A. Clarke, was a political consultant in California. He was best known for guiding the career of his wife, a former Republican congresswoman Bobbi Fielder of California. Paul Clarke also had helped Bobbi Fielder win election to the Los Angeles school board prior to her being elected to Congress. Mr. Clarke, who attended Furman and American Universities, was a radio broadcaster in Cincinnati and Los Angeles. Mr. Clarke also wrote numerous opinion columns for the Los Angeles Times. Paul Clarke died at age 50 of lung cancer in December 1996.

Paul H. Clarke was a retired State Department security official. He had been with the State Department for 19 years before retiring in 1970 as chief of the special assignment staff. Mr. Clarke had been a special agent and chief of special investigations during his tenure at the State Department, working with special security and personnel issues. On loan to the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in Vienna and Helsinki, he was an administrator for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) with the Russians. He also had been on loan to the US Information Agency and the Peace Corps. Upon his retirement he served on the Maryland Health Claims Arbitration Board. Mr. Clarke was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Kensington, Maryland; the Masons; and the Scottish Rite Temple. He was a Worthy Grand Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star and a Boy Scout leader. He was a graduate of Eastern High School and received a law degree from Southeastern University. Mr. Clarke died at age 82 of a stroke in August 1997. Isabella and Paul H. Clarke were married 59 years. Isabella Clarke worked for the Montgomery County, Maryland, School System for 18 years, initially as a substitute teaching and later as an executive secretary in local schools.

Current Recipients:
Abbie Callahan
Alyssa Kurke
Ellen Dunlavey
Mariam Khorenyan
Amy Chin Lai
Jonathan Chick

No additional awards available at this time.

The Margery Kraus Public Affairs and Advocacy Scholarship was established in 2008 to provide scholarship support to American University students who participate in the School of Public Affairs Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, by enrolling in courses offered through the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institutes in Washington and/or in Brussels, Belgium for the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute.

The Krishnan Family fund is a restricted scholarship awarded biannually to two Non-AU students to attend the biannual Campaign Management Institute, without academic credit. Need for financial assistance may not be a factor when selecting award recipients. Scholarships awarded by the fund will be applied to the cost of attending the Campaign Management Institute as a non-AU student and will not cover living or other related expenses.

The William K. Reilly Scholarship is named for the pioneering environmentalist and former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The scholarship is awarded by the Center for Environmental Policy.

Qualifications: SPA Undergraduate studying abroad at the Hebrew University with minimum 3.2 GPA

The Jane R. Glaser Scholarship Fund in the School of Public Affairs provides funding to an undergraduate SPA student. A scholarship will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student for the purpose of spending at least one semester studying abroad in Israel at the Hebrew University PLC. Scholarships awarded by the fund will be applied solely to the cost of attending Hebrew University.

This award was established by Patricia Glaser, Esq. (BA/SPA/1969), family, and friends.

AU undergraduate students should work with AU Abroad on applying to study abroad. Students must apply and be accepted to Hebrew University, as well as submit a personal statement detailing their proposed study abroad plans and rationale for applying. More details can be found on the AU Abroad website (click "Jane R. Glaser Scholarship for Hebrew University" when visiting the page to learn more). Students can submit their personal statements for the Glaser Scholarship through the SPA website.

One Award of $10,000 available for 2018-2019.

Qualifications: Undergraduate SPA students with minimum 3.2 GPA

The Daniel Greeley Memorial Scholarship fund was established in 2016 in memory of Daniel Greeley SPA '07. The scholarship fund will be used to support an undergraduate student who is majoring in the School of Public Affairs at the University.

Daniel Greeley SPA '07 passed away unexpectedly, after struggling with some health issues, in 2016. He was passionate about prospect development, his trips to nearly 100 national parks, being an American University Eagle, all things politics, his joy (and struggles!) as a first-time homeowner, and his family and beloved dog, Cinnamon.

Current Recipients:
Lucia Rose
Kathryn Malone

No additional awards available at this time.

Qualifications: Undergraduate students with minimum 3.5 GPA

The School of Public Affairs Griffin Scholars Program was established in 2006 to provide scholarship support to SPA students. Eligible undergraduate student applicants will have attained at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA, displayed leadership in civic and school projects, and an expressed aptitude for public service. Preference is also given to students from New Hampshire, followed by SPA students who are legal residents of other New England states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and Vermont).

Current Recipient:
Jacqueline Pelella

No additional awards available at this time.

Qualifications: Undergraduate students with minimum 3.2 GPA

The Patricia Ann Heinaman Award provides an annual stipend for an undergraduate student who has excelled in their academic work and has made a meaningful difference in community service and advocacy. The award recognizes Ms. Heinaman's tireless efforts to advance policy and issues related to affordable housing on both the regional and national level. This award may be taxable.

Current Recipient:
Meghan Sullivan

No additional awards available at this time.

Qualifications: Undergraduate students with minimum 3.2 GPA

Established by Robert W. Johnson, the award is given to an undergraduate SPA student who demonstrates academic excellence. Mr. Johnson, a 1981 graduate of the School of Public Affairs, serves as assistant general counsel of the Exxon Mobil Corporation. He is heavily involved as a volunteer at American University, serving on the SPA Dean's Council and as a board member with the AU Alumni Association.

Current Recipient:
Ryan Marsan

No additional awards available at this time.

Awarded to provide tuition assistance to a full-time undergraduate student in the School of Public Affairs.

Established by gifts from the the Estate of Martha Leinbach (BS/SPA/1951) with the School of Public Affairs.

Current Recipient:
Shawn Oh

No additional awards available at this time.

Qualifications: Rising junior or senior with minimum 3.2 GPA

The Monte and Marie Liang Scholarship was established by AU Trustee and SPA alumna Regina Muehlhauser (BS/SPA/1970) in memory of her parents, Monte and Marie Liang. It is awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership within SPA or the University, with preference given to Asian-Americans.

Current Recipient:

Bridget Anshus

No additional awards available at this time.

The Meritz and Muenz Scholarship was established through the generosity of Judy Meritz and Larry Muenz, graduates from the School of Public Affairs in 1973. Applicants will demonstrate high academic achievement and financial need. Preference will also be given to applicants who have matriculated at AU from a public or public charter school in a major U.S. metropolitan area, including but not limited to students from Washington, DC, New York, NY, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, or Boston, MA.

Current Recipient:

Mariam Khorenyan

No additional awards available at this time.

Qualifications: Student enrolled in a degree program in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology and who resides within the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The NOBLE Scholarship was funded by an annual gift from the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives with the instrumental help from SPA alumnus Wesley Thomas (AA/SPA/1974 BS/SPA/1975). The scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in a degree program in the Department of Justice, Law and Society and who resides within the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Preference is to be given to a minority student. The NOBLE Scholarship recipient will maintain satisfactory progress in his or her degree program and agree to perform two years of service in the field of law enforcement upon graduation.

Current Recipients:

Christiana Ampofo
Clinton Okoro

No additional awards available at this time.

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 an award 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.

Drew Patterson was the daughter of Women & Politics Institute graduate, Linda Mancillas and the sister of Washington College of Law graduate Jenna Patterson. Drew was an exceptional young woman who died of a brain tumor in 2003. Although Drew's illness presented many struggles and challenges, she lived her life to the fullest and was an inspiration to everyone. Drew was actively involved in her school, church youth group and her community.

The Drew Waverly Patterson Fund is established to honor Drew's determination to succeed, her desire to help others and her optimistic fortitude to find joy in life. The family and friends that established the Patterson Fund hope that the WPI students who receive these funds will be civic minded and virtuous as Drew was and work for the common good of all people.

To apply for an award, please complete the following information by October 26, 2018 and submit to spa_development@american.edu:

  • Name:
  • AUID:
  • Preferred Email Address:
  • Phone:
  • Major/Degree:
  • Projected Graduation Month and Year:
  • GPA:

Please provide a brief summary detailing the purpose of your funding request for an award from the Drew Waverly Patterson Fund. In addition, please be sure to detail any academic course(s) take at AU related to women and politics.

This award may be taxable.

Qualifications: Rising senior in the SPA Department of Government

The Amos Perlmutter Endowment in the School of Public Affairs was established in 2003 to fund the Amos Perlmutter Award. The award is given in the spring to a senior in the SPA Department of Government who has demonstrated exceptional academic performance in the field of comparative politics. This award may be taxable.

One Award Available for 2018-2019.

Qualifications: Undergraduate with a minimum 3.2 GPA

The Alice Quan Lee Award was established by family and friends in honor of her life and legacy of public service. The late Alice Quan Lee served with distinction at organizations including the Florida State Board of Health, the US Public Health Service, the Veteran's Administration, and the Naval Medical Research Institute. This annual award is directed to an undergraduate student interested in a career in public health or health policy related fields.

Alice Roosevelt Lee Quan graduated from American University with a degree in biology in 1934. She was one of very few women enrolled in the sciences at that time. During her lifetime, she achieved many milestones and recognitions for her work and her dedication to public service. She served with great distinction at organizations including the Florida State Board of Health, the US Public Health Service, the Veteran's Administration, and the Naval Medical Research Institute. Her work continues to secure the world against the worst of potential bioterrorism threats even now. Her husband, Dr. Lau King Quan, was a recognized scholar who has contributed greatly to an understanding of the potential and the failures of the League of Nations with his seminal work on China and its relations with the League of Nations. Family and friends of the Quans established the Alice Lee and Lau King Quan Award to commemorate their life's work and achievements.

Current Recipient:

Sophie Bodlovich

No additional awards available at this time.

Qualifications: Undergraduate honors students in the Department of Government

The Robert A. Repetto Scholarship was established in the memory of Robert A. Repetto (BS/KSB/1969 MBA/KSB/1971) by family and friends. The scholarship will be awarded to students in the School of Public Affairs. The Robert H. Repetto Scholarship is endowed to support a full-time, undergraduate, honors student in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs.

The award was established in the memory of Robert A. Repetto by family and friends.

Current Recipient:
Yasmina Thomure

No additional awards available at this time.

Awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in the School of Public Affairs, who demonstrate both academic excellence. Preference is to be given to a student of the opposite gender from the previous year's recipient.

Scholarships awarded by the Fund will be applied to full costs of attending the University.

The Scholarship is renewed from year to year. Once it is awarded to a student, that student will continue to receive the Scholarship for each academic year so long as they are enrolled at the University and meet eligibility requirements.

Established by Lois (BS/KSB/1972) and George (BA/SPA/1972) Schaefer.

Current Recipient:

Emily Schwartz

No additional awards available at this time.

The Kevin Joseph Sutherland Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2017 to honor the memory of Kevin Sutherland by his parents, Doug and Terry Sutherland.

Kevin Joseph Sutherland, the beloved son of Douglas and Theresa Bevacqua Sutherland, was born in Trumbull, CT. He was tragically killed on July 4, 2015 at the age of 24. He was proud to be an American University Eagle and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Communications in 2013. He was highly respected by University faculty, administration and his peers as an outstanding student leader. He was elected to two terms as Secretary of Student Government. He interned for Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes both in his campaign and congressional offices and also volunteered for the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. After graduation, Kevin worked at New Blue Interactive as a Digital Strategist and was driven to use his talents in politics and technology to affect political change and improve our world. Kevin was also passionate about photography, soccer, and music of all kinds especially country music. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees - and the Washington Nationals, unless they were playing each other. As a skilled photographer Kevin loved capturing the beauty of Washington D.C.

The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in the School of Public Affairs. Preference be given to students who are members in good standing with the American University College Democrats student group and also serve in the American University student government. Students that demonstrate a commitment to public service and social justice will also receive preference in the selection process.

Current Recipient:

Devontae Torriente

No additional awards available at this time.

Qualification: This scholarship can be awarded to full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Department of Government at the School of Public Affairs at American University.

Description: The James and Claudia Thurber Scholarship Endowment was established in 2016 to honor the dynamic legacy of Professor James Thurber and Claudia Thurber. This scholarship recognizes Professor Thurber's extraordinary leadership of The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) and honors a couple that has shaped so many lives. With the support of Professor Thurber's former students and colleagues, an annual scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Department of Government at the School of Public Affairs at American University. Scholarships will be applied to the cost of attending the University.

A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student in the School of Public Affairs. Harold "Hank" Walther graduated from the School of Public Affairs in 1998, and he was a participant in the Campaign Management Institute. This scholarship was made possible by the generosity of Hank's family.

Current Recipient:
Karla Palmer

No additional awards available at this time.

Summer 2018 Internship Funding

The School of Public Affairs is pleased to announce competition for the SPA Undergraduate Summer Internship Award. Two awards of $2,500 each will be awarded. The application is now closed.

Please contact aupublicaffairs@american.edu with any questions.