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MPA Scholarships & Other Funding Opportunities

Internal Funding

The MPA Steering Committee currently administers the following funding sources. The annual announcement for these awards is made in mid-April, with an application deadline of June 1 (revised from the earlier announced date of July 1). Decisions are made by late June.

Nina Waters Nonprofit Leadership Endowed Scholarship

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and the Master of Public Administration Program (MPA), are pleased to announce the availability of the Nina Waters Nonprofit Leadership Endowed Scholarship for students in the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Requirements: In order to receive the Nina Waters award, a student must have spent the past 12 months working in a paid staff position for a nonprofit organization in North East Florida, currently be employed by a nonprofit organization in North East Florida, and have been admitted as a student in the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. In addition, the applicant must maintain a graduate GPA of at least 3.0, a minimum of three hours enrollment, and earn a minimum of 6 credits by the end of each academic year.

Click here for Purpose, Selection Criteria and Application.

The Ed Austin Graduate Fellowship at the University of North Florida

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program, are pleased to announce the availability of the Ed Austin Endowed Fellowship. The fellowship is to recognize Mr. Austin's long career and many achievements as a public sector leader in the State of Florida and in the City of Jacksonville. The fellowship was endowed and established by the friends and colleagues of Mr. Austin.

The fellowship is intended to provide a source of funding for selected graduate students in the MPA program at the University of North Florida. Thus, this fellowship recognizes the quality of the UNF MPA program, and the contributions its graduates have made to public life in Florida and elsewhere.

The MPA program annually seeks applicants for the award of this prestigious fellowship. A fellowship will be awarded to a student chosen from among the applicants who demonstrate high academic achievement and a significant potential for public or community service.

Click here for Purpose and Selection Criteria.


Omnibus Scholarship/Fellowship (Hester, Austin, and Madison-Mullis-Deming) application form.

Lex Hester Endowed Fellowship for Public Administration 

The Lex Hester Endowed Fellowship for Public Administration is a competitive award to an outstanding student in the University of North Florida MPA program.

Requirements: In order to receive the Lex Hester Scholarship, a student must be a Duval County resident who is currently enrolled or accepted into the University of North Florida MPA program for Fall 2014, or an upper level undergraduate with a commitment to a career in public service.

Click here for Purpose and Selection Criteria.

 Omnibus Scholarship/Fellowship (Hester, Austin, and Madison-Mullis-Deming) application form.

Madison-Mullis-Deming Endowed Scholarship

The Madison-Mullis-Deming scholarship is a competitive award to one or more outstanding students in the University of North Florida MPA program.

 
Requirements: In order to receive a Madison-Mullis-Deming award, a student must be registered for at least six hours in the MPA program for Fall 2014 and have been admitted as a graduate student. In addition, the applicant should have a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 or above. Applicants receiving the award will be expected to maintain a minimum of six hours enrollment in the program for the term of the scholarship.

 

Click here for Purpose and Selection Criteria.

 

Omnibus Scholarship/Fellowship (Hester, Austin, and Madison-Mullis-Deming) application form.

COAS (UNF College of Arts & Sciences) Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Political Science and Public Administration

The College of Arts and Sciences expects to award annual Graduate Teaching Assistantships, each of at least $10,000, to Masters of Public Administration students with a demonstrated record of commitment to public service, and a record of academic excellence.

Recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of nine graduate credits per semester while receiving the award, and must be able to work twenty hours per week, during the day. Duties will include assisting a UNF political science faculty member in an undergraduate class. This might include leading discussion groups, monitoring exams, attending lectures, and generally help the instructor create a learning environment. Applications will be judged on two criteria: evidence of commitment to public service, especially service to less privileged segments of the community, and academic excellence.

 

Click here for further information and application.

Public Opinion Research Laboratory Graduate Student Internship

The Public Opinion Research Laboratory (PORL) is looking for a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration program to join our team! Candidates should possess a cursory knowledge of survey research; strong analytical skills; data analysis experience; and be meticulous and organized.

For further information email porl@unf.edu.

Other COAS (UNF College of Arts & Sciences) Scholarships

For further information click here.


 Student Affairs International Learning Scholarship (SAILS)
If you want to study abroad, you can apply for the Student Affairs International Learning Scholarship (SAILS). This competitive scholarship provides funding for undergraduate and graduate approved international educational experiences that enrich academic and individual development. Scholarship recipients may receive either $1,500 to support a short-term (less than ten weeks) international activity or $2,500 for a long-term (ten weeks or longer) international activity. Funded by Student Life and Services Fee. 

Graduate School Awards

The following programs are administered by The Graduate School at UNF:

The Graduate Scholars Program

Dolores Auzenne Fellowship for Graduate Study

Graduate Research Grant Program

For further information click here.

External Sources of Funds

Additional funding can be found through outside sources. See below.

Lex Hester Memorial Scholarship Applications Now Open

The City of Jacksonville is now accepting applications for the Lex Hester Memorial Scholarship through April 1. The $1,500 scholarship award is applied to tuition and fees for students accepted and enrolled in UNF'S Master of Public Administration (MPA) program who wish to pursue a career in the field. Awardees must be accepted or currently enrolled in the UNF MPA program, reside in Duval County, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher as an undergraduate or current graduate student, and complete an online application. Learn more and apply at Lex Hesters Scholarship.

Florida Gubernatorial Fellows



American Society for Public Administration, Walter W. Mode Scholarship

City of Jacksonville, ‘Achieving the Dream’ Scholarship

Florida City and County Management Association, B. Harold Farmer Scholarship
(Click on Scholarships Link on the page.)



ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) Fellowship


Wallace O. Keene ASPA Conference Scholarships

Jesse B. Smith Memorial Scholarship

Southside Business Men's Club

Student Loans