2017 Scholarship Program



2017 NFBPA Scholarship Program Announcement & Overview

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is pleased to announce its 2017 Scholarship Program. The NFBPA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize African-American or minority students who are currently enrolled full-time at a traditional four year college or university, preferably an HBCU who exemplify outstanding scholarship, and leadership, particularly as related to public service.

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 12 college students each year, with annual scholarships totaling more than $45 thousand dollars through partnerships with corporate supporters, public sector organizations and individual contributors. 

2016 Scholarship Recipients 

Nobuko Maybin
Elliott School of International Affairs
George Washington University


Alexandra Bryant
Edward Alvin Washington, Jr. SCHOLARSHIP
Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration
George Washington University

Stephanie R. Hughes
Department of Public Health
University of North Carolina-Greensboro


Kelechi Uwaezuoke
School of Public Health
University of California-Berkeley


Kelsey M.R. Edwards

Trachtenberg School of Public Policy
George Washington University
Hallie L. Allen

College of Arts & Sciences
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
Hattie Gaines

Political Science & Economics
Spelman College
Mariah SPencer

Earl Graves School of Business
Morgan State University

It is important to read all information BEFORE completing scholarship applications.
Click here for scholarship descriptions.

Available Scholarships
            CH2M/WILLIE T. LOUD  SCHOLARSHIP   Download scholarship form
            CIGNA Healthcare (undergraduate or graduate)   Download scholarship form
            CPS-HR/Walter Vaughn Excellence in Human Resources Scholarship   Download scholarship form
            Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.   Download scholarship form 
            J-DOS International
   Download scholarship form 
 Waters Consulting Group/Euly Ford Scholarship   Download scholarship form


Program Application
Application materials must be mailed in one packet including transcripts (in sealed envelopes) 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 (must be submitted in sealed envelope)
  • 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 achivement 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 34th Annual Conference, FORUM 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas to receive the award.  FORUM dates are April 19-23, 2017.  Hotel accommodation for one night and air travel will be arranged and provided by NFBPA
  • Submission of a professional (jpeg) photo (full frontal head shot)
  • 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 traditional four year college or university. (Online Degree Completion Programs are not considered). Applicants working full-time (35 hours or more per week) are ineligible for consideration.

NFBPA accepts no less than twelve (12) semester credit hours to be considered a full-time undergraduate student and registration for a minimum of twelve credit hours for Fall 2017.

NFBPA accepts no less than nine (9) semester credit hours 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 2017.

Doctoral candidates must be registered for no less than nine (9) semester credit hours for Fall 2017,
including research credits, to be considered a full-time doctoral student.

Travel Awardees will be required to travel to FORUM 2017, April 19-23, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Hotel accommodations for one night and air travel will be provided by NFBPA.  

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 2017 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, 2017. 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 early March 2017.  Names of winners will be posted on the NFBPA web site www.nfbpa.org, Fall 2017.

The NFBPA 2017 Scholarship Application Deadline is
February 28, 2017

Application package should be sent to

ATTEN: Scholarships
777 N. Capitol Street, NE, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20002

Questions:  Contact Marcia L. Conner, mconner@nfbpa.org or 202 408 9300 ext. 114