MPA Scholarships and Grants
Earning a master of public administration can help you earn a much higher salary, but it does require you to spend more time in school. Scholarships and grants are great for students who need to pay for this extra schooling. Both of these forms of financial aid can help you earn your degree.
Scholarships versus Grants: Which is Better?
Which form of financial aid is better? Actually, they are nearly the same thing! Scholarships and grants are both available to students at all educational levels, and when you graduate, you don’t have to repay that money. In some cases, you can also reapply for the money every semester as long as you maintain qualifications, like a high GPA. The one way scholarships and grants do differ from one another is how you become eligible. Scholarships are typically given to students who show merit of some sort, like a high GPA or professional achievements. Grants, on the other hand, are typically available to students who show financial need and would otherwise perhaps not be able to attend school. Of course, individual scholarships and grants both usually have other requirements as well.
Specific Scholarships and Grants for MPA Students
Ready to start looking for financial aid? Here are some organizations that offer these scholarships and grants for students in MPA programs:
- National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
- Government Finance Officers Association
- Society of Public Administration
- Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
- Public Policy & International Affairs
In addition, most colleges offer scholarships and grants directly to their students – all you have to do is apply. You can also talk to your school’s financial aid director or the head of the public administration department to learn about local community scholarships that you might be eligible to for.
Earning a Scholarships or Grant
Here are a few tips to help you earn a scholarship or grant:
- Make sure you double-check the details. Spelling counts!
- Have someone else read over any essays or statements you need to provide.
- Adhere to deadlines. Even being one day late will disqualify you.
- Address the application to the right place. If it goes to the wrong mailbox, it could never end up in the right hands.
- Make sure to attach any financial documents or transcripts they need as part of your application.