Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to new and continuing graduate students each academic year. Awards are provided to School of Public Affairs students who graduate with academic distinction.

Scholarships for New Graduate Students

New students are awarded scholarships when they are accepted for admission. The selection methodology emphasizes academic potential and those with financial need.

Mayor's Graduate Scholarship (MGSP): Funds for full-time City of New York employees to study for the MPA degree full- or part-time. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) administers the program and transfers applications to the School of Public Affairs' Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Services. Applications are due April 1 for the fall and November 1 for the spring. To be considered, students must demonstrate financial need and have a proven record of academic achievement.  Applicants are required to complete a FAFSA.

LCU Foundation Scholarship: Provides awards of up to $2,500 per semester for graduate female public affairs students pursuing public service careers. Students must demonstrate academic distinction and make less than $30,000 a year with limited or no financial assistance.  Applicants are required to complete a FAFSA.

Scholarships for Continuing Graduate Students

Several scholarships are open to current graduate students. Each scholarship has distinct criteria to determine recipients, such as the type of degree pursued, subjects studied, grade point average (GPA), credits completed, and career goals. Applicants are ranked based on the criteria for each scholarship. For example, the highest GPA and best essay. An application is required. The amount of awards are dependent on donor funding and may change without notice. Scholarship are applied to tuition. All scholarship recipients must be registered for at least 6 credits. The 2014-15 applications process has been opened and will close September 2, 2014. Scholarships and awards range from $500 to $3,000.

Hagedorn Graduate Scholarship: Provides tuition support for high-achieving students who demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students who are otherwise ineligible for other forms of federal or state aid. Must have completed nine (9) MPA or HEA credits, hold a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA, indicate annual income and the receipt of any federal or state financial aid, and have completed the application section with an essay on public service career goals.   

Stephen J. Jerome Fellows: Recognizes current Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration (HEA) students. An applicant must have completed nine (9) HEA credits with a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA and write an essay on higher education career goals.

Mary and Abraham D. Beame Scholarship: Recognizes a School of Publuc Affairs' graduate student preparing for a career in public service. Must have completed nine (9) MPA or HEA credits, hold a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA, and have completed an essay on public service career goals.

Consolidated Edison MPA Scholarship: For students in the MPA program who demonstrate financial need with high academic potential. Must have completed nine (9) MPA credits, hold a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA, have completed the income section on the application, and written an essay on public service career goals.

Donald E. Farley Scholarship: Established in honor of Senior Vice Chancellor Farley for his long and outstanding service to The City University of New York. The scholarship is for an in-state outstanding MPA student who represents academic excellence, service to Baruch College, and contributions to his or her community, borough, or the city at large. Must have completed nine (9) MPA credits, hold a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA, and have completed the essay section indicating public service career goals and contributions to the College and/or to community, borough, or the city at large. 

Susan Ponce De Leon Scholarship: For a MPA student pursuing the urban development and sustainability specialization. Must have completed nine (9) MPA credits, hold a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA, and indicate in the essay section of the application a commitment to affordable housing and community development. The scholarship is renewable with a new application.

Hearst Fellowship in Nonprofit Management: Recognizes new or returning MPA students preparing for a career in nonprofit management. Must have completed nine (9) MPA credits, hold a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA, selected to pursue the nonprofit administration specialization, and completed essay that discusses nonprofit career goals.

Lewis Friedman Scholarship: Created as an annual scholarship to recognize a School of Public Affairs graduate student who has shown promise and innovation in the areas of public finance or government budgeting. Must have completed with an A- or better in PAF 9140 and in at least one of the following courses: PAF 9133, PAF 9144, or PAF 9153. Complete the application essay section indicating public service career goals specifically mentioning views of budgeting and finance.