DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas College of Public Affairs and Community Service received a grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation for up to five new fellowships to be awarded to students entering the Master of Public Administration program in the 2015 fall semester. The grant also provides funding for five second-year students who are continuing as Sumners Scholars.
The new awards are each worth $28,500 and include a monthly stipend of $750, plus coverage of most of the tuition and fees for the two-year program.
The foundation, which has provided funding for MPA students for more than 35 years, has increased the number of fellowships to a total of 10 awards.
"I am particularly pleased that up to five more graduates of the MPA program will proudly call themselves Hatton W. Sumners Scholars, a recognition that will remain on their resumes throughout their professional careers," said Robert Bland, endowed professor of local government and faculty liaison to the Sumners Foundation. "We are greatly honored by the foundation's partnership with UNT in advancing professional leadership in government, especially in Texas."
Sumners Scholars often pursue careers as administrators in local government and nonprofit organizations.
An application for the Sumners Fellowship is available on the online. Applications are due April 1 (Wednesday) with on-campus interviews April 30 and May 1 (Thursday and Friday).
UNT's Master of Public Administration program has been ranked eighth in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in the area of city management. Now, 78 cities in Texas have Master of Public Administration graduates from UNT in executive-level positions such as city manager, deputy city manager or assistant city manager.