Office of Financial Aid

Hearst Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund


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. 

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 among our scholarship recipients are a fundamental principles of our MPA program.

Award Amount: Variable
Submission Deadline:  March 1
Availability: Current Graduate,Incoming
Program: Master's in Public Administration Students

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Full-time enrollment in MPA program.
  2. Preference will be given to applicants who are managers of small non-profit agencies or have relevant nonprofit and/or public service work experience.
  3. Incoming applicants may obtain consideration by submitting an application for admission to the program by March 1.

Application Procedures

Awards range between $4000-$10000 and are dependent upon funding availability. Students may contact Naomi Wish or Matthew Hale in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs for additional application information.

Renewal Procedures

This is a two year award. Recipients are required to earn at least a 3.5 GPA in their first year in the MPA program to guarantee second-year support.
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