2014 Scholarship Program

 

NATIONAL FORUM FOR BLACK PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS

777 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 807 ? Washington, DC 20002

(202) 408-9300 ? (202) 408-8558 Facsimile

www.nfbpa.org

 

2014 NFBPA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is pleased to announce its 2014 Scholarship Program. The NFBPA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize African-American and other minority students who are currently enrolled full-time at a college or university who exemplify outstanding leadership, scholarship, and 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.

The NFBPA 2014 Scholarship Application Deadline is

Saturday, March 15, 2014

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.

 

In Addition To Specific Scholarship Requirements All Application Packages Should Include:

  • A completed and signed NFBPA Scholarship Application Form for each scholarship in which you are interested
  • NFBPA FORUM 2014 Scholarship Conference Registration Form
  • A cover letter establishing eligibility and stating why you are an outstanding candidate for the scholarship, describing your current student status, and other relevant information that might be used in evaluating your application (extra-curricula activities, volunteer activities, etc).
  • An OFFICIAL undergraduate transcript(s)
  • An OFFICIAL graduate transcript(s) if applicable ;  graduate students must also submit undergraduate transcript(s)
  • Two (2) reference letters from university faculty/instructors.
  • A photocopy of the applicant’s current semester validated Student ID Card
  • A current résumé
  • 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.)

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.

 

Additional Mandatory Requirements If Selected Include:

  • Required travel to NFBPA’s 31st Annual Conference, FORUM 2014 in San Antonio, Texas to receive Award.  FORUM dates are April 11-15, 2014.  One night’s hotel accommodations and air travel will be arranged and provided. 
  • Submission of a professional photo (jpeg)
    • A one paragraph biographical sketch, highlighting academic attainment and future goals
    • 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 2014 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 2014.

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.

 

Travel Requirement

Awardees will be required to travel to FORUM 2014, April 11 – 15, 2014 San Antonio, Texas. 

Grand Hyatt-San Antonio, 600 East Market Street, San Antonio, Texas

 

Scholarship Duration

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

 

Disbursements

Scholarship funds are sent to the financial aid offices at the recipient’s college or university. Checks will be issued August 2014 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, 2014. 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.

 

Notification

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 2014.  Names of winners will be posted on the NFBPA web site www.nfbpa.org, Fall 2014.

The NFBPA 2014 Scholarship Application Deadline is

Saturday, March 15, 2014     

 

NFBPA 2014 NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

CDM Smith SCHOLARSHIP

The CDM Smith Scholarship will be awarded to an African-American graduate or undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career in public service. CDM Smith, a long-standing member of the NFBPA National Corporate Advisory Council, has agreed to offer an award of $5,000 to a deserving student. This award is designed to help NFBPA further achieve its mission of attracting the best and brightest African American students to careers in public service.

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student, working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in public administration, political science, urban affairs, public policy, or a related field. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal and analytical abilities. Strong oral and written communication skills are a must. All applicants should have a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Candidates should have at least one full time semester remaining (after May 2014). While this is not a needs-based award, applicants who are currently receiving full tuition and stipends will not be considered.

CIGNA HealthCare SCHOLARSHIPS

In an effort to support the education and development of African-American students and prepare them for careers in public administration, CIGNA HealthCare, a member of the NFBPA National Corporate Advisory Council will offer three scholarships to three students preferably attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The scholarships being provided are: two $5,000 scholarships for two graduate students preferably attending an HBCU, and one $10,000 scholarship for an undergraduate student preferably attending an HBCU.

Eligibility [$5,000 Graduate Scholarships]

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students, working towards a graduate degree in public administration, political science, urban affairs, public policy, or a related field, preferably at an HBCU. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal and analytical abilities. Strong oral and written communication skills are a must. All applicants should have a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Candidates should have at least one full time semester remaining (after May 2014). While this is not a needs-based award, applicants who are currently receiving full tuition and stipends will not be considered.  Application packages for the CIGNA $5,000 Graduate Scholarship should include:

·         A three-page essay on the following topic: In your opinion, what are the five most critical skills public administrators ought to possess, and why?

Eligibility [$10,000 Undergraduate Scholarship]

Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student, working towards an undergraduate degree in public administration, political science, urban affairs, public policy, or a related field preferably at an HBCU. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal and analytical abilities. Strong oral and written communication skills are a must. All applicants should have a 3.5 or better grade point average. Candidates should have completed one full-time college semester, and have at least one full-time academic year remaining (after May 2014). The scholarship requires verification of financial need (applicant must submit FAFSA documentation).

This is a needs-based award so applicants who are currently receiving full tuition and stipends will not be considered.  Application packages for the CIGNA $10,000 Undergraduate Scholarship should include:

·         Scores from the American College Testing (ACT) program or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) administered by the College Entrance Examination Board.

·         A copy of your Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) Student Aid Report (SAR)

·         A three-page essay on the following topic: In your opinion, what are the five most critical skills public administrators ought to possess, and why?

CPS HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES

The Walter Vaughn Excellence in Human Resources Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to a deserving African-American graduate or undergraduate student currently enrolled in an accredited college or university to support their education and development.  The scholarship, established by CPS Human Resource Services, is designed to promote and encourage advancement in the practice of Human Resource Management and to develop strategic leaders pursuing studies in the field of human resource management. 

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student, working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree in public administration, human resource management, or a related field. Applicants must be involved in extra-curricular activities (excluding athletics) and should have excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities. Strong oral and written communication skills are a must. All applicants should have a 3.0 or better grade point average. Applicants should have at least one full time semester remaining (after May 2014) and be enrolled in the upcoming fall semester. While this is not a needs-based award, applicants who are currently receiving full tuition and stipends will not considered.

J-DOS INTERNATIONAL

The J-DOS International Scholarship will be awarded to an African-American graduate or undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career in public service. J-DOS International, member of the NFBPA National Corporate Advisory Council, has agreed to offer an award of $2,500 to a deserving student. This award is designed to help NFBPA further achieve its mission of attracting the best and brightest African American students to careers in public service.

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student, working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in public administration, political science, urban affairs, public policy, or a related field. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal and analytical abilities. Strong oral and written communication skills are a must.  Candidates should have at least one full time semester remaining (after May 2014). While this is not a needs-based award, applicants who are currently receiving full tuition and stipends will not be considered.

WILLIE T. LOUD - CH2M HILL SCHOLARSHIP      

The Willie T. Loud-CH2M Hill Scholarship will be awarded to an African-American undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a career in public service. Since 1997, CH2M Hill has offered this award of $5,000, to a deserving student pursuing a career in public administration, urban affairs, or a related field. This scholarship is designed to assist NFBPA to further achieve its mission of grooming the next generation of African American students for careers in public service.

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student, working towards a Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Public Administration or a related field. They should have strong interpersonal skills, excellent writing skills, with analytical and oral communication abilities. All applicants should have a 3.0 or better grade point average. Candidates should have at least one full time semester remaining (after May 2014). While this is not a needs-based award, applicants who are currently receiving full tuition and stipends will not be considered.

NFBPA MARYLAND CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS

Eligible candidates, for  the  two   $1,500 awards, must be enrolled as a full time student in good standing in a public administration, public policy, political science or related field at an accredited Maryland college or university or be a resident of the state of Maryland but enrolled in school elsewhere, in which case proof of residency is required. The application package for the NFBPA Maryland Chapter Scholarship should include the additional requirements;

·         Three-page essay highlighting a public administration/public policy issue of concern and interest, and outlining a set of recommended goals and strategies to effectively respond to the issue.

·         Proof of Maryland residency if not enrolled in a Maryland school.

     MAYNARD H. JACKSON / FULL CIRCLE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. SCHOLARSHIP

 The Maynard H. Jackson/Full Circle Communications, Inc. Scholarship will be awarded to an African-American undergraduate or graduate student        interested in pursuing a career in public service, or a business field that supports the administration of public services.  Full Circle Communications,  Inc., a proud member of the NFBPA National Corporate Advisory Council has agreed to offer a scholarship award of $2,000. Full Circle Communications is  a minority, woman-owned small business that helps municipalities (and other organizations) effectively communicates with their citizens and customers,  and creates community specific strategies to enlighten, engage and educate stakeholders.

The Honorable Maynard H. Jackson identified 5 Leadership Traits for Success that he emphasized to the youth he mentored: honesty, hard work, courage, self-discipline and self-improvement. The recipient of this scholarship will embody these traits. This award is designed to help NFBPA in their commitment to support young minorities who strive for academic excellence, while maintaining a passion for giving back to their local communities and/or those in need.

Eligibility

·         Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited institution, working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in public administration, political science, urban planning, public policy, business administration or a related field.

·         Candidates should exhibit a well-balanced focus of both academic excellence and volunteerism\community involvement.

·         Strong leadership and communication skills (oral and written) are essential.

·         All applicants should have a 3.0 or higher grade point average (on a 4.0 cumulative scale).

·         Candidates should have at least one full semester remaining (after May 2014). Applicants who are currently receiving full tuition and stipends will not be considered.

 

Application package should be sent to

NFBPA

ATTEN: Scholarships

777 N. Capitol Street, NE, Suite 807

Washington, DC 20002

 

Click here to download the Scholarship application