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University of Colorado Denver

School of Public Affairs
 

SPA Financial Aid & Scholarships


 


The School of Public Affairs awards over $500,000 annually in scholarships and assistantships to our students. Please download the scholarship application for details and submit your completed application by the appropriate deadline (see table below).

Continuing/Prospective/new incoming SPA Students

The new online scholarship application is now available through the UCD Student Portal. To apply, please click on the UCD Scholarship application.

Contact Brendan Hardy with your questions about SPA Scholarships. 

Scholarship Deadlines
 
Fall
Spring
Summer
 Current and Newly Admitted Students
April 1st
 April 1st
April 1st

 

Undergraduate Scholarships

(scholarships are for the CU Denver campus unless otherwise noted)

UCD Dean's List Scholarship: UC Denver uses a fixed criterion across all colleges for determing eligibility for the Dean's List. This policy applies to undergraduate students.

For fall and spring semesters, students must successfully complete 9 hours in the semester upon which to determine grade point. These courses can be both within and outside of the School of Public Affairs. Metro pooled courses will not be included in the calculation nor will they count towards the 9 hours required for consideration. The GPA set for inclusion in the Dean's List is 3.75.

In the summer semesters, students must complete 6 hours as a basis for inclusion in the Dean's List. Course inclusion will be the same as in fall and spring semesters. The GPA for Dean's List in summer will also be 3.75.

The School of Public Affairs will collect data each semester on the number of students making the Dean's List. Scholarship awards tied to the Dean's List vary each semester depending on the total amount of funding available and the number of qualified students.
 
SPA Dean's Experiential Learning Scholarship: To be awarded to current BACJ students who actively participate in experiential learning projects. The award will be merit based. The student must be actively engaged in an experiential learning project related to their studies. Examples of experiential learning projects include: participation in the Criminal Justice Honor Society, volunteer work, internship activity, active participation in criminology and criminal justice co-curricular events, etc. Students must be enrolled in at least 9 semester credit hours at UCD for the duration of the award. For consideration, students must submit the School of Public Affairs Scholarship Application, a Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance, and an essay describing experiential learning projects or activities. Award amount will range from $500-$1500 a semester depending on the number of qualified applicants, the quality of the applicant, and available funding. Scholarships will be available for the fall and spring semester to current students only. The priority deadline for consideration is April 1.

Graduate Scholarships

(scholarships are for the CU Denver campus unless otherwise noted)

SPA Dean's Scholarship: To be awarded to new or continuing degree seeking graduate students in the School of Public Affairs. The award will be based on merit (high school or college GPA & test scores), a written essay, and financial need. For consideration, students must submit the School of Public Affairs Scholarship Application a current Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance, and a 250-500 word essay. The essay should address two areas:

  1. The student’s goals as they relate to their graduate program. Students should highlight what they have learned, or what they hope to learn, in their criminal justice and or public administration courses, and how they plan to apply that knowledge to achieving their goals.
  2. How the financial assistance will contribute to their success in the program. Award amounts will range from $500-$1500 per semester depending on the number of qualified applicants, the competiveness of the applicant, and available funding. 

 

SPA Dean's Leadership and Service Scholarship: To be awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership and public service by participating in public service organizations, honor societies, and or leadership training programs. Examples of these types of organizations include: Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Community INVST, Presidents Leadership Institute, City Year, Student Government Associations, Peer Advocate Leaders, etc. Preference will be given to full time students and those enrolling in the Accelerated MPA program. Scholarship awards will be $500-1,000 per semester and will be determined on available funding, need and merit. The applicant should submit a general essay along with the scholarship application. The essay should be 1-2 pages and it should describe the applicant's leadership and service experiences and how those experiences relate to their professional goals and the graduate program.
 
Diana Boulter Scholarship: To be awarded to a student who is employed full time and has family responsibilities. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need, and may be up to $600 per year ($300/semester). The award is to be used to fund tuition and fees.

John C. Buechner Scholarship Fund: To be awarded to a student who intends to pursue a career in public service. Purpose of the John Buechner Scholarship fund is to assist in achieving a diverse student body. The scholarship will be awarded based on financial need and outstanding academic merit. The amount of the award is $3,500 per year ($1,750/semester) and is to be used to fund tuition and fees. The student must be enrolled full time at SPA for the duration of the award and renewal of this award will be dependent upon continued full-time enrollment and successful academic performance and the judgment of the scholarship committee.

City Year, Give a Year Partnership Scholarship: To be awarded to City Year corps members, senior core members, alumni, and staff who are accepted to the School of Public Affairs Accelerated MPA program. Those eligible for the "give a year Partnership" program are corps members or alumni that have successfully completed at least one year of service or staff members that have been employed for at least two years. The scholarship will provide 25% of the tuition costs toward the Accelerated MPA program. The award will be based on financial need and academic merit. The applicant should submit a general essay along with the scholarship application. The essay should be 1-2 pages and it should describe the applicant's experience with City Year and how that experience relates to their professional goals and the Accelerated MPA program. For more information on City Year and our partnership, please visit the City Year, Give a Year Partnership webpage.

Marshall Kaplan Scholarship: To be awarded to a student committed to addressing pressing social issues in developing countries. Award is also based on academic merit and financial need. This scholarship awards up to $1,200 per year ($600/semester). The student must be enrolled full time at SPA for the duration of the award. The scholarship money is to be used to fund tuition and fees.

Susan Kirk Scholarship: To be awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to community activism. The amount of the award may be up to $750 per year ($375/semester), and the scholarship is awarded based on financial need and academic merit. The student must be enrolled full time at SPA for the duration of the award. The scholarship money is to be used to fund tuition and fees.

AmeriCorps Alums Higher Ed Scholarship: To be awarded to AmeriCorps Alums who are accepted to SPA's Accelerated MPA program, given they meet eligibility requirements for the High Ed Partnership program. Those eligible are AmeriCorps Alums who have successfully completed at least one year of service. The scholarship will provide $5,350 toward the Accelerated MPA program tuition. The award will be based on financial need and academic merit. The applicant should submit a general essay along with the scholarship application. The essay should be 1-2 pages and it should describe the applicant's experience with AmeriCorps and how that experience relates to their professional goals and the Accelerated MPA program.

E. Sam Overman Memorial Scholarship: To be awarded to a student with good academic standing. This scholarship is $500 a year award ($250/semester). The student must be enrolled full time at SPA for the duration of the award. The scholarship money is to be used to fund tuition and fees.

SPA Dean's Scholarship: To be awarded based on academic merit and financial need. There will be a limited number of SPA Dean’s Scholarships available for the 2013-2014 Academic Year.  Awards will range from $500 - $1,000 a year.

Graduate Student Assistantships: As a student assistant, students will work under faculty/director supervision, and/or assist with SPA operations by providing teaching assistance, research or other services. This includes SPA areas such as: The Center on Domestic Violence; SPA Administration; The Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy; The Buechner Institute for Governance. A graduate, teaching, or research assistant is employed and funded at an hourly rate. An assistantship requires you to physically be in the SPA offices in Denver. If awarded an Assistantship, you will be required to verify your employment eligibility. Assistantships are awarded based on availability at the School of Public Affairs. To apply for an assistantship please email the following to Gabrielle.Sawusch@ucdenver.edu
1) Cover Letter
2) Resume
We accept cover letters and resumes throughout the academic year, however, the priority deadline is July 30th.
 
If you have any questions concerning SPA Assistantships please contact Gabrielle Sawusch at Gabrielle.Sawusch@ucdenver.edu or 303-315-2089.

Peace Corps Badge

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program Scholarship: Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program Scholarship: Financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who pursue graduate studies. SPA will provide a $3,000 Scholarship renewable for up to two years. Paid internship. Opportunity to apply for other SPA scholarships and research assistantships. Preference will be to given candidates who will begin in the fall semester. Other applicants will be considered on a space available basis. There is a separate application form for this scholarship, the SPA Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program Application Form
Please contact Christine Martell for more information atChristine.Martell@ucdenver.edu or call 303-315-2716. 

Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship: This scholarship is $3000 a year. To be awarded to students who are enrolled in a minimum of 3 credit hours per semester, must have a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA average, and must be classified as a resident of Colorado for tuition purposes.

PhD Assistantships: For meritorious candidates, SPA may also fund a small number of doctoral research assistantships each year based on financial availability. Students selected will receive a full-tuition waiver as well as a salary of $15,000 for the academic year. Our goal is to provide such funding for students for at least three years. This award is applied for through the PhD admission process and should not be submitted on this application.

Please go to the PhD Handbook for further info.

Kathleen Beatty Scholarship: To be awarded to a student who intends to pursue a career in public service. Purpose of the Kathleen Beatty Scholarship fund is to assist in achieving a diverse student body. The scholarship will be awarded based on financial need and outstanding academic merit. The amount of the award is $1000 per year ($500/semester) and is to be used to fund tuition and fees. The student must be enrolled full time at SPA for the duration of the award and renewal of this award will be dependent upon continued full-time enrollment and successful academic performance and the judgment of the scholarship committee.

Faculty Scholarship: To be awarded based on academic merit and financial need.

Dean's International Research Scholarship: Each fiscal year, the School of Public Affairs will make available a small amount of funding to help students cover expenses associated with studying abroad.  Assistance is available on a matching basis, and the amount of assistance available to any one student may not exceed $1,500 in each year.  The funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, and once the amount of funding allocated for that year has been awarded, no more financial assistance will be made available.  Available funding is at SPA’s discretion and may vary from year to year. Students interested in applying for financial assistance through this fund should submit the Application for International Scholarship form. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1, June 1, and October 1 of each year. For additional information, contact Scott Steinbrecher, International Student Coordinator, at Scott.Steinbrecher@ucdenver.edu.

 

 

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