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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., $6542 per semester for 2017-18) 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 Robert S. Freeman MPPA Graduate Assistantship

In-state or out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply for this graduate assistantship that provides a full waiver of graduate fees for an academic year (fall, spring and summer semesters) and a stipend of @$5850 for @10-12 hours of work per week in support of the instructional mission of the MPPA program, the Baker Center, and the Dept. of Political Science.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents with excellent academic performance and potential who self-identify as members of an underrepresented ethnic/racial group, and who are committed to a professional career in public administration, urban planning, or public policy and who are not eligible for or receiving a fee waiver through an employer are strongly encouraged to apply for this graduate assistantship. This award is particularly appropriate for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. to advance a career in academia or advanced policy research. Recipients of this assistantship may re-apply for additional aid to pursue doctoral work.

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 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 Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Scholarships & Awards

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