The Hearst scholarship is made possible by a generous endowment made
from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The Hearst Scholarships
are considered one of our “flagship” programs and as such are awarded to
students with outstanding academic records and track record of
significant involvement in Public Service and Nonprofit activities.
Hearst scholars generally have incoming GPA of at least 3.50 and many
Hearst scholars have significant experience in founding, managing or
working nonprofit and other public service organizations.
Hearst scholarships are considered two-year awards; however
students are required to earn at least a 3.5 GPA in their first year in the MPA
program to guarantee second-year support. The awards range from $4,000 to
$10,000 per year in tuition assistance, depending on available funds.
Each year the department faculty awards two new Hearst Scholarships to students
in the fall incoming class. This means that there are at least four “Hearst
Scholars” in the program at any one time.
Hearst scholarship decisions are based on data contained in the
department’s admission application. The faculty scholarship committee
considers academic merit (GPA, research experience/publications, academic
fellowships awarded, etc.) as well as relevant nonprofit and/or public service
work experience. The letters of recommendation and the personal essay
contained in the admissions application are also used to make scholarship
decisions. The Center for Public Service and Department of Political
Science and Public Affairs also recognize that diversity in our student body
and scholarship recipients is a fundamental principle of our MPA program.
In order to be considered for the Hearst Scholarship please
submit your MPA admissions application by March 1st of the academic
year prior to the year you wish to start classes. Students wishing to start
school in August or September should have their application materials in by
March 1st of the same calendar year.