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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 cover most in-state Graduate student fees for two semesters ($6560 per semester, $13,120 total) 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 are expected to provide support to the MPPA program and Baker Center activities and programs as part of their responsibilities. Office space in the Baker Center will be available to scholarship recipients.

The Ogle/Cameron Scholarship

Funded by the generosity of a highly accomplished alumna of the program, the Ogle/Cameron Scholarship aims to support students who demonstrate successful academic excellence, professional and scholarly promise, and commitment to local government public service. With the support of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, this $13,120 scholarship enables the recipient to cover most in-state Graduate student fees (e.g., $6560 per semester) provided the recipient takes at least 9 semester hours of coursework each semester and makes adequate academic progress.

Ogle/Cameron Scholars are expected to provide support to the MPPA program and Baker Center activities and programs as part of their responsibilities. Office space in the Baker Center will be available to scholarship recipients.

The MPPA Graduate Teaching Assistantship  

In-state or out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply for this graduate assistantship that provides a tuition waiver for the academic year 2019-20 (fall, spring and summer semesters) and an annual stipend of $6,000 payable in payable in twelve $500 monthly installments beginning August 31, 2019. This award also provides health insurance. Recipients will devote 10-12 hours per week on assignments that support the MPPA program and Baker Center activities.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents with excellent academic performance and potential, self-identified members of a underrepresented ethnic/racial group, those committed to a professional career in public administration or public policy, and persons 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 Robert S. Freeman Scholarship

These scholarships recognize an MPPA student for academic excellence, professional promise and accomplishment, and commitment to a professional career in public administration, urban planning, or public policy. New applicants and students who have at least one semester of work remaining in the MPPA program and who are not currently receiving a graduate fee waiver are eligible to apply. This $3000 award covers approximately half the cost for a full-time in-state graduate student for one semester.

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 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 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 outstanding service 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
    dfolz@utk.edu

Application for Scholarships, Assistantships, and Awards for Academic Year 2019-20


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