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Lex Hester Endowed Fellowship for Public Administration


Established in 2004, this gift by the Friends of Lex Hester, provides a fellowship for a graduate student seeking a Master of Public Administration. Hester was a longtime public official and highly respected leader in Northeast Florida.

Selection Criteria

  1. 1. Students eligible for such scholarships must:
    • Meet admissions requirements for the Masters in Public Administration and be accepted to the University of North Florida,
    • Reside in Florida for tuition purposes, and
    • Be selected by a review committee appointed by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. Students awarded this scholarship must also agree to:
    • Enroll for minimum of 6 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters of the scholarship year, and earn a minimum of 18 credit hours by the end of each academic year,
    • Maintain a cumulative MPA program GPA of 3.0,
    • Comply with all University regulations, rules, and codes of conduct governing students on campus,
    • Consent to release grades to the Division of Institutional Advancement for the purpose of reporting to the donor, and Remain in good standing as a student.
  3. Required Application Attachments
    • Submit a short (no more than two-three pages) essay explaining their career goals in the public or non-profit sector, and why they would be a good choice for selection as a Lex Hester scholar;
    • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their academic or work performance. The letters of recommendation may be the same letters used for admission to the MPA program.
  4. Renewal

    Yes, with preference, for a maximum of six semesters.

Application Form