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James E. Blanton III Veterans Scholarship for USF MPA & MURP students!

In memory of James E. Blanton III, this scholarship is awarded to graduate student veterans who honorably served in a branch of the U.S. military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) or the National Guard.

Two awards will be offered annually, in the amount of $500 for each award, to full-time students pursuing a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) or Urban & Regional Planning (MURP). Eligible students will submit a short essay relating how their military service has led them to pursue a graduate degree in public service. The application, process, and deadline is announced via email to current students only.


Ron & Libby Sanders Public Service Scholarship for USF undergraduate students in the Public Service & Leadership minor!

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Dr. Ronald Sanders—current Staff Director for USF's Florida Center for Cybersecurity and former SPA Director—has funded a named scholarship for USF undergraduate students that have officially declared a minor in Public Service & Leadership. The Ron & Libby Sanders Public Service Scholarship will provide $1,500 to an undergraduate student with a demonstrated commitment to a career in public service. This may include an interest in federal, state, or local government; the nonprofit sector; or community based-organizations.

The award recipient will be chosen based on their commitment to public service, as demonstrated by (1) course work; (2) class projects; (3) involvement in student organizations; (4) volunteer activities; AND (5) public service experience, including volunteerism, internships, and employment (where applicable).

Eligibility requirements include: (1) being a full-time USF undergraduate student in good standing (at any USF campus) OR a part-time USF undergraduate student working their way through school; (2) having a declared minor in Public Service & Leadership, with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher; AND (3) being an active member of at least one service-oriented student organization at USF (any campus).

Applications should include the following: (1) a letter of application – not to exceed 2 pages – that summarizes the student’s relevant public service related experiences and accomplishment, as well as a personal statement describing the applicant’s post-graduation public service career aspirations; (2) a resume – not to exceed 2 pages; (3) an electronic copy of your USF transcripts; AND (4) contact information for 3 professional references who can speak to the applicant’s public service experience and/or aspirations, work ethic, integrity, etc. References should ideally include (1) one faculty member; (2) one supervisor, manager or mentor; AND (3) one co-worker, co-volunteer, or student colleague.

The names of the first two scholarship recipients can be found below:

2021
Zachary "Zach" Blair-Andrews, Political Science (minor in Public Administration)
Courtney Wilkerson, Political Science (minor in Public Service & Leadership)


Mark Bentley APA Sun Coast Section Scholarship for USF MURP students!

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Mark Bentley—long-recognized as one of the state’s top land use lawyers and a long-time supporter of local professional planning development activities in partnership with the Sun Coast section of APA—has funded a named scholarship to emerging planners enrolled in USF's Master of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) program.

The Mark Bentley APA Sun Coast Section Scholarship will provide $1,000 to a graduate planning student of merit each year. The award extends the professional development activities of the APA Sun Coast and is the first funded scholarship for the USF MURP program. It adds to the list of generous and ongoing support Mr. Bentley has graciously provided to support planning excellence in the region.

A list of past scholarship recipients can be found below:

2021
Fatima Elkott, Master of Urban & Regional Planning

2020
Christopher "Beau" Giles, Master of Urban & Regional Planning


Joan Pynes Memorial Scholarship for USF MPA & Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate students!

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In memory of the late Professor Dr. Joan Pynes, this scholarship rewards outstanding performances by graduate students in USF's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program or Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate students!

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to 1 deserving student who: 1) is interested in pursuing a career in nonprofit administration or NGO's and 2) submits an outstanding project paper in nonprofit management. The application, process, and deadline is announced via email to current students only.

A list of past scholarship recipients can be found below:

2021
Phillip McEuen, Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

2019
Sharon Hamisak, Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management


Jamil Jreisat Scholarship for USF MPA & Public Management Graduate Certificate students!

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Named after (and established by) the late Professor Emeritus Dr. Jamil Jreisat, this scholarship rewards outstanding performances by graduate students in USF's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program or Public Management Graduate Certificate students!

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to 1 or 2 deserving students who either: 1) submits an outstanding research paper in public administration or 2) has completed at least 24 credit hours with a perfect grade point average (GPA) of 4.0. The application, process, and deadline is announced via email to current students only.

A list of past scholarship recipients can be found below:

2021
Sharon Hamisak, Master of Public Administration
Tiana Hill, Master of Public Administration

2019
Pam Sundown, Master of Public Administration

2018
Sane Haidara, Master of Public Administration