The UNO School of Public Administration has scholarships available to graduate students.
Jump Start Scholarship
UNO Graduate Studies understands life circumstances and financial needs continue to shift during unprecedented times. In response, the Jump Start Scholarship was created to help graduating UNO seniors achieve their academic and professional goals. This scholarship is a one-time award (not recurring) for the first enrolled term of a graduate degree program at UNO.
To be eligible for the Jump Start Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:
- (a) Be a UNO senior graduating in May, August, or December 2020
- (b) Be fully-admitted to a UNO graduate degree program for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022
- (c) Be enrolled in graduate courses — award is not eligible for undergraduate prerequisite or foundational courses
- (d) Applies to tuition only — not fees, books, housing, etc.
The scholarship funds will be applied to student accounts near the start of the semester. Students will be notified on further instructions on accepting the scholarship after enrolling in courses.
Students accepting a graduate assistantship, as well as students using the NU Employee Scholarship, are not eligible for the Jump Start Scholarship.
Learn more about this scholarship opportunity here.
Andrew Blair Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Robert Blair and his wife Barbara established a fellowship in memory of their son Andrew, who passed away at the age of 31 from the complications of a lifetime battle with heart disease and cerebral palsy. The fellowship provides support to students in the UNO School of Public Administration who plan a career in the field of human services, especially those who are employed by nonprofit agencies or work with disabled individuals.
- Candidates must be a current master's degree student from the UNO School of Public Administration in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.
- Preference shall be given to candidates who are working in, or have demonstrated an intention to work in, the human service field, particularly those working with the disabled or for nonprofit agencies.
The Centennial Scholarship Fund was created through the generosity of alumni, faculty and friends of the UNO School of Public Administration. It is intended to be used for scholarships for students enrolled in the School of Public Administration.
- Candidates must be admitted to a master's degree from the UNO School of Public Administration in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.
- Preference shall be given to candidates who demonstrate academic excellence and/or financial need.
This scholarship honors Mary Cornett, a longtime Omaha City Clerk and her distinguished 50+ year career in public service.
- MPA degree student with a concentration in Public Management.
- Expresses a desire to pursue a career in Public Administration following graduation.
- Preference shall be given to those students with a demonstrated financial need.
Mary and Rodrigo Lopez Fellowship for Professional Development
The purpose of this fellowship is to encourage graduate public administration students to engage in professional development and to provide selected awardees with up to $1,000 to do so.
- Applicants must be enrolled in one of the graduate programs in the UNO School of Public Administration.
- Applicants must have an interest in and commitment to participating in professional and career development activities
- First preference will be given to MPA students, second preference to Ph.D. students.
Nebraska City/County Management Association (NCMA) MPA Scholarship
The purpose of the NCMA scholarship is to encourage and assist men and women of promising talent and ability who desire a career in city management to complete the requirements for the MPA Degree or MSUS in the School of Public Administration at UNO. Applicants must:
- Be registered for six or more graduate hours in the semester during which the award is granted.
- Be a Nebraska resident.
- Be in the local government concentration or pursing the Master in Urban Studies with career goals of city management.
- Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5.
- Preference will be given to student members of International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and NCMA.
- Preference will be given to students who have completed 12 credits or more.
To complete the UNO campus-wide scholarship application, complete the following steps:
- Log into MavLINK.
- Under the Financial Aid tab, click Apply for Scholarships.
- Log into the UNO Scholarship portal using your UNO NetID and password.
- Complete the General Application.
- If asked to complete an academic College/Department scholarship application, you can do so via the Applications tab.
- Check the Opportunities tab for recommended scholarships you for which you may be eligible.