Scholarships

Various forms of financial assistance are available to MPA students directly from the department or from external sources. On an annual basis, students in the MPA program receive $110,000 on average from departmental resources. We recommend that students interested in financial aid investigate available options at the time they apply to the program since a number of scholarship/assistance opportunities are offered to beginning students only. However, some sources of financial assistance are available to students who have begun their program, especially external sources. Students can apply for multiple scholarships, but will be awarded only one departmental scholarship, which is the one of greatest monetary value.

Application Instructions

Please follow the instructions below to be eligible for departmental and college scholarships. Students can apply for multiple scholarships, but will be awarded only one departmental scholarship, which is the one of greatest monetary value.

1. Go the UNT scholarship application page and complete the “General Scholarship Application.” You will need an EUID to begin this process. UNT usually sends your EUID within a week or so of the admissions decision. Start by clicking the Sign In box at the upper right corner of the page. Please note that Edge browsers may have problems with the link. We recommend you use either Chrome or Firefox. 

2. You may choose to complete the College of Health and Public Service application for additional opportunities. You are not required to complete this application. You can skip this page and move to step 3.

3. To apply for the Hatton W. Sumner’s scholarship, complete the online application after completing the General Scholarship Application. You should be directed to the application, but if not, use the search box. If you have problems, use the paper application linked below.

Departmental Scholarships 

  • Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships: Approximately $31,000 for two years. Deadline for applications is April 1st.  Applicants must be new students for the Fall 2018 semester and supply GRE scores and be full-time students. Preference is given to applicants with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Applicants must complete a unique online application in addition to general scholarship application (see #3 above). Up to five scholarships are awarded annually. The awards are for 18 months and are worth $31,000 each; $12,800 is awarded as a stipend and paid over 16 months ($800 per month), and the remaining $18,200 is applied toward tuition. For the first 12 months, students serve as research assistants to faculty members for 10 hours a week.
  • Charldean Newell Award: One year scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.  Deadline for applications is March 21st. Applicants must be first-term students in the MPA program for Fall 2018. Preference is given to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0. GRE scores are NOT required. Completion of the general scholarship application (see #1 above) is sufficient for consideration. Recipients must be full-time students.

  • MPA Alumni Scholarships: One year scholarship worth $1,000. Deadline for applications is June 1st. Applicants must have completed 18 hours in the UNT MPA program by June 1st. Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum program GPA of 3.5. Completion of the general scholarship application (see #1 above) is sufficient for consideration. Recipients must be full-time students.

  • E. Ray Griffin Scholarship: One time award of $1,000. Deadline for applications is March 21st. Applicants must have completed 30 hours in the UNT MPA program by the deadline. The recipient of this award is named the Outstanding MPA Student as selected by the faculty and announced at the annual alumni luncheon. Preference is given to students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the UNT MPA program. Completion of the general scholarship application (see #1 above) is sufficient for consideration.

    External Scholarships

    • Clarence E. Ridley Scholarship: Sponsored by the Texas City Management Association, the Ridley scholarship provides $3,500 for one year of study. Applicants should be in their second year of graduate study and be either a full or part-time student. Applicants should have a strong career interest in municipal management. The application deadline is usually mid-December and is made to TCMA.
    • Lynn F. Anderson Award: Sponsored by the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas, an annual one-year award of $4,000 to a student interested in financial management. The application deadline is usually March or April and is made to GFOAT.