2015 Scholarship Program



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2015 NFBPA Scholarship Program Announcement & Overview

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is pleased to announce its 2015 Scholarship Program. The NFBPA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize African-American or minority students who are currently enrolled full-time at a college or university who exemplify outstanding leadership, scholarship, public service; as well as students who have achieved extraordinary success in the field of public management with great promise of success and professionalism.

We invite undergraduate and graduate students to participate in this year’s program as we look forward to making this year’s scholarship awards. NFBPA supports over 15 college students each year, with annual scholarships totaling more than $65 thousand dollars through partnerships with corporate supporters, public sector organizations and individual contributors.

It is important to read all information BEFORE completing scholarship applications.
Available Scholarships
            CH2MHill/Willie T. Loud  Download scholarship form
            CIGNA Health care (undergraduate or graduate)  Download scholarship form
            CPS-HR/Walter Vaughn Excellence in Human Resources  Download scholarship form
            Full Circle Communications, Inc./Maynard Jackson  Download scholarship form
            J-DOS International Download scholarship form


Program Application
Application materials must be mailed in one packet including transcripts and letters of recommendation (in sealed envelopes). Incomplete, e-mailed or faxed applications will not be considered.  Application packages must be postmarked by the deadline for program consideration.

All Application Packages Must  Include

  • A completed and signed NFBPA Scholarship Application Form for each scholarship for which you are applying
  • An OFFICIAL undergraduate transcript(s);
  • An OFFICIAL graduate transcript(s) if applicable; graduate students must also submit an undergraduate transcript(s)
  • Two (2) reference letters from university faculty/ instructors
  • A photocopy of the applicant’s current semester validated Student ID Card
  • A three page typed autobiographical essay, detailing your academic and career goals and objectives.
    • Using 8 ½” x 11” white paper; Triple-space after the title and Double-space the body of your essay, using 1” margins all around. (No extra documents such as pictures and certificates are allowed.)In addition to autobiographical info about you, this essay must:   specify why you are an outstanding candidate for the scholarship; describe your current student status; cite other relevant information such as extra-curricula activities, volunteer activities, etc. that can be used in evaluating your application
  • A one paragraph biographical sketch, highlighting academic attainment and future goals

A selection committee reviews all scholarship applications. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of application submission, including quality and substance of writing,academic record, financial need, leadership ability, participation in school activities, and community service.

Preliminary scholarship selectees will be interviewed by telephone prior to the final selection decision.

Additional Mandatory Requirements If Selected

  • Required travel to NFBPA’s 31st Annual Conference, FORUM 2015 in Tampa, Florida to receive the award.  FORUM dates are April 22-26, 2015.  One night’s hotel accommodations and air travel will be arranged and provided. 
  • Submission of a professional photo (jpeg)
    • Proven State issued Identification or Passport
    • Name of airport you will be traveling from

All applications and supporting documents, photos, etc. become the property of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and cannot be returned.

Amount Of Awards
$1,000 - $10,000 depending on scholarship

Conditions of Award
As a condition of award the NFBPA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize students who are currently enrolled full-time at a college or university. (Online Degree Completion Programs are not considered)

NFBPA accepts no less than twelve (12) semester credit hours to be considered a full-time undergraduate student from Fall 2014 through Fall 2015.

NFBPA accepts no less than nine (9) semester credit hours from Fall 2015 to be considered a full-time Non-Thesis or Thesis Master’s Degree student and registration for a minimum of nine (9) credit hours for Fall 2015.

Doctorate candidates must be registered for nine (9) credit hours per Fall or Spring semester, including research credits.  Students who have completed all university stipulated credit hour requirements (including research credits and the oral preliminary examination) except for completing their research and/or writing and defending the dissertation are ineligible for an NFBPA Scholarship.

Awardees will be required to travel to FORUM 2015, April 22 - 26, 2015 Tampa, Florida,  
Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina,  Tampa, Florida

Scholarship Duration
Scholarships are awarded for a period of one academic year.  Re-awards are not given.

Scholarship funds are sent to the financial aid offices at the recipient’s college or university. Checks will be issued August 2015 and made payable to the University on behalf of the recipient, monies will not be disbursed prior to that time.  

Transferring a scholarship to another institution is permissible if done so by July 15, 2015. The recipient must notify NFBPA of the intent to transfer, provide evidence of good academic standing, and submit proof of admission to the institution to be entered.

Due to the volume of applications received, NFBPA will only notify applicants who are selected to receive a scholarship. Winners of the scholarships will be notified by email no later than the first week of April 2015.  Names of winners will be posted on the NFBPA web site www.nfbpa.org, Fall 2015.

The NFBPA 2015 Scholarship Application Deadline is
March 22, 2015

Application package should be sent to

ATTEN: Scholarships
777 N. Capitol Street, NE, Suite 807
Washington, DC 20002

Questions:  Contact the National Office at 202.408.9300.