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Scholarships, Assistantships, and Awards

The Howard Baker MPPA Scholarship

Funded by generous donations to the MPPA Enrichment Fund from alumni, program supporters, and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, these scholarships are awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and potential, professional and scholarly promise, commitment to public service, and factors that will contribute to the diversity of the MPPA student body.  These awards enable recipients to pay for two semesters of full-time in-state Graduate student fees (e.g., $6417 for fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters) provided the recipient takes at least 9 semester hours of coursework and makes adequate academic progress.

Recipients may re-apply for up to two additional semesters of support from this scholarship provided the recipient meets the faculty's expectations for academic progress and performance. Baker MPPA Scholars will be expected to provide support to the MPPA program and/or the Baker Center activities and programs as part of their responsibilities.  Office space in the Baker Center will be provided to scholarship recipients.

The Institute for Public Service (IPS)-MPPA Graduate Assistantship

The IPS-MPPA Graduate Assistantship includes full fee waivers and a monthly stipend in return for part-time work performed for the UT IPS.  Desired attributes of applicants include strong academic potential, excellent  communication skills (writing and verbal), an excellent work ethic, commitment to ethical public service, a special interest in local government administration and policies, and ability to contribute to the diversity of the MPPA student body. May be renewed for a second year provided the student meets IPS & faculty expectations.

The MPPA Diversity Scholarship

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, self-identify as members of an underrepresented ethnic/racial group, have strong academic potential, have a commitment to public service, and contribute to the diversity of the MPPA student body may apply for an MPPA Diversity Scholarship of $2,250 to help pay for graduate student fees. This award can be renewed provided the student meets faculty expectations for academic progress and performance.

The Robert S. Freeman Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes an MPPA student for academic excellence, professional promise and accomplishment, and commitment to a professional career in public administration, urban planning, or public policy. Students eligible to apply have at least one semester of work remaining in the MPPA program and are not currently receiving a graduate fee waiver. These $3000 awards are approximately 50% of the cost for a full-time in-state graduate student for one semester.

The Cunningham Award for Service and Professional Promise

These awards are funded by the earnings from the endowed Millie and Robert Cunningham Fund to advance excellence in public administration and to recognize MPPA students who model academic excellence, exemplary performance in an internship or service learning project, and/or service commitment to a relevant professional organization such as ET-ASPA or the UT-ICMA.

UT MPPA Fellow in Professional Practice

This honor is bestowed on accomplished and experienced professionals who are skilled communicators and whose career exhibits the highest standards of performance excellence in one or more subject matter specializations. Recipients have demonstrated a long term commitment to help advance the professional training and development of graduate students in public administration, public policy, and public affairs at the University of Tennessee. This honor is conferred by vote of the MPPA faculty and signifies the faculty's appreciation for and the enduring value of the contributions made by distinguished professionals to the educational mission of the University of Tennessee MPPA program.

To Apply:

Download the application at the link below, complete the form, save the pdf with your last name in the file name, and email it, your personal narrative statement (see instructions in the application form), and your current resume to:

    Dr. David Folz
    Director, MPPA Program
    213 Baker Center for Public Policy
    1640 Cumberland Avenue
    Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3340

Application for a Spring 2017 Semester Baker-MPPA Scholarship

Application for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Baker-MPPA Scholarships, Assistantships & Awards

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