MPA Program Merit Scholarships

Currently, the MPA Program offers students two scholarships awarded based on merit.

Gwen Y. Wood Book Scholarship

Dr. Gwen Y. Wood was our MPA Program's first director. She guided the program through its first six years of existence, developing curriculum, admissions standards, and creating a community of faculty and students dedicated to public service. When she retired, we chose to honor her by creating this book scholarship. The scholarship provides $250 to an MPA student to help defray the cost of books, which we know are expensive. This scholarship is awarded based on need and academic/public service performance.

If you would like to apply for the Wood Scholarship, please email Dr. Hatcher.

Ralph Walker Scholarship

The Ralph Walker Scholarship is awarded to a student in the Master of Public Administration Program who shows promise for an outstanding career in public service. A committee composed of MPA faculty members selects the awardee.

In 1991 Augusta College and Georgia Southern University entered into an agreement with Georgia Southern's Master of Public Administration program to become a "satellite" program offered at Augusta College. This was initiated by Dr. Ralph Walker, Chair of the Department of Political Science.

1994, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents indicated its willingness to consider the transfer approval if the new program would be structured so that it would be set on a course to meet the accreditation standards set by NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration).

As a direct result of Dr. Walker's dedication, guidance, and consultation with Augusta College, NASPAA, and the Board of Regents, the new program, as designed, was on course to be accredited during the four-year cycle of evaluation. By 1996 the Augusta "satellite" MPA degree program of Georgia Southern would transfer to become a new graduate offering of Augusta College. The first class enrolled in Augusta College MPA classes September 1996 and the first six graduates of the program completed their studies and graduated June 1998.

Students eligible for this scholarship must:

  • Be a current student in the Augusta University MPA Program. Current includes those students accepted for admission. If a current student, have a GPA of at least 3.0 on all graduate courses taken in the MPA program.
  • Students awarded this scholarship must also agree to
    • Enroll for minimum of 6 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters of the scholarship year, and earn a minimum of 12 credit hours by the end of each academic year.
    • Maintain an MPA Program GPA of 3.0.
    • Comply with all University regulations, rules, and codes of conduct governing students on campus.
    • Consent to release grades to the Division of Institutional Advancement for the purpose of reporting to the donor, and
    • Remain in good standing as a student.

Required application attachments: Applications will be submitted to the MPA Director who will provide the selection committee with information on the student's academic performance in the program if applicable. If the applicant is a new student to the program, the MPA Director will give the selection committee undergraduate transcripts and scores on the GRE or GMAT as evidence of academic potential.

The applicant must submit:

  • An original 3-5 page essay explaining their career goals in the public or non-profit sector, and why they would be a good choice for selection as a Ralph Walker Scholar.
  • Two letters of recommendation for persons familiar with their academic or work performance.
  • Resume.

In August, the MPA Director will ask for students and new students to submit their applications for the scholarship. Applications should be emailed to the MPA Director.

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