MPA Student Scholarship Support
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The University of Kansas Edwin O. Stene Master of Public Administration Program is #1 in the nation for city management and urban policy and has been since 1998. We strive to recruit and admit diverse, talented, high-quality students.
Since Ed Stene graduated the first MPA class in 1950, the Kansas University City Managers and Trainees Alumni (KUCIMATs) have supported the next generation of KU students dedicated to public service and good governance. Today, over 600 KUCIMATs provide an incomparable alumni network, internship opportunities, and invaluable career advice. With a 100% placement rate for our intern-option students over the past 30 years, KU graduates bring ethical, experienced leadership to state and local governments across the country and around the world.
We can offer student scholarships to offset a small portion of their tuition, but it is not enough if we wish to remain competitive with other public administration programs. Even at their best, our scholarships provide less than 17% of what it costs for our students to join our program.
With the rising cost of tuition/fees for our first year MPA students, it is critical that we increase our ability to offer more substantial scholarships. KU must be an accessible first choice for the best and brightest students.
We need your help to meet our current goal of $10,000, recruit the best students and continue the program’s excellence. Your gift could help a talented student whose #1 choice is KU.
“Without the availability of scholarships, I could never have participated as an intern-option student. I felt that by offering me a scholarship, KU considered me an investment in its future, which also mirrored how I felt about the program. I’ve never regretted making the decision to join the KUCIMAT network and am continually amazed at what an engaging community it really is.”
—Kendra Davis, Class of 2016, Management Fellow, City of Manhattan Beach, CA