What Scholarship and Award Funds Does the Department of Public Administration Support?
MPA ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPS. (76535)These awards provide up to $1,000 for tuition and fees for four semesters to qualified full-time MPA students. The award is distributed in equal increments over two semesters and is renewable based on performance in the MPA program and potential as a future public manager. Since its launching in 1994, 86 students have been awarded MPA Alumni Scholarships. In addition, for students receiving no other financial aid from the department, this fund provides $200 toward tuition and fees for the first semester.
DEBRA BROOKS FEAZELLE INTERNSHIP AWARD. (794) This award was established to honor Debbie Feazelle’s service to Texas cities by providing a partially funded internship for qualifying MPA students. During her 28-year career, Ms. Feazelle served a number of Texas cities as finance director, assistant city manager, deputy city manager, and city manager. She passed away in February 2010 after a 16-yeare battle with breast cancer. Recipients of this internship award must be enrolled full-time in the MPA program and must possess exceptional potential for leadership in city government or the nonprofit sector. The employer, if financially capable, provides a partial match to the award. Interns will receive this award as hourly compensation during the duration of their employment.
E. RAY GRIFFIN SCHOLARSHIP. (306) Established in 1995 by former students of Dr. Griffin's, this endowed scholarship recognizes the many contributions of this teacher and mentor. Dr. Griffin, who taught at UNT from 1947 to 1982, was involved in the MPA program's creation in 1961. In addition to receiving the income from the endowment, annually about $750, the E. Ray Griffin scholar receives an MPA Alumni Scholarship. Since 1996, ten MPA students have been selected as E. Ray Griffin Scholars.
CHARLDEAN NEWELL AWARD. (652) Established in 2002 on her retirement after 37 years of service to UNT by friends and former students, this award honors Dr. Newell’s pioneering contributions to the study and practice of public administration. Income from this endowed account helps advance the professional opportunities for qualified MPA students. Dr. Newell retired from UNT in August 2002 as a Regents Professor of Public Administration.
CHESTER A. NEWLAND COLLOQUIUM. (350) Established in 1996 by friends and former students, this endowed fund recognizes this noted scholar, public administrator, and former faculty member and departmental chair at UNT. Income from this endowment provides an honorarium for the speaker at the annual MPA Alumni-Student Luncheon.
EXCELLENCE FUND. (67622) This fund supports our collective efforts to move the MPA program to even greater national prominence, including sending a representative to national meetings, not otherwise supported by the university, defraying the cost of publishing the annual newsletter, and other initiatives that market the program and its contributions to preparing qualified leaders for service in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.