Public Administration Scholarships

Make your degree affordable with these Public Administration scholarships.

Here you can find a Public Administration scholarship that works for you. These nation-wide Public Administration scholarships give students the opportunity to make their degree affordable, no matter their location or specialization.  

  • Herbert Roback Memorial Scholarship

    Annually, the National Academy of Public Administration gifts $7,500 in honor of Herbert Roback. This scholarship is specifically for students enrolled in a Public Administration or public affairs graduate program. Requirements vary for each scholarship.

  • NFBPA National Scholarship Program

    The NFBPA awards between $1,000-$10,000 to African American students or minority students. This scholarship applies to both undergraduate and graduate programs in Public Administration or public management. Requirements vary for each scholarship.

  • Young Women in Public Affairs Awards

    Every year, YWPA graciously gifts scholarships between $1,000-$4,000 to female students. These women must display outstanding qualities and be interested in a degree in public affairs, Public Administration, Government, etc. Requirements vary for each scholarship.


    The American Society of Public Administrators awards this $1,500 scholarship to an individual who demonstrates excellence in a public service position at the federal and international levels. Requirements vary for each scholarship.

  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

    The Truman Scholar Program recognizes 55-65 students annually with scholarships for graduate study. Applicants must be undergraduates who plan to pursue a graduate degree in public service, such as an MPA or MPP degree, and are willing to commit to public service employment for three of the seven years after they complete their graduate degree. Requirements vary for each scholarship.

  • American Association of University Women

    Scholarship Amount: $2,000–$12,000

    AAUW is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, providing over $3.7 million in funding for grants and fellowships to 250 women and nonprofit organizations in the 2017-2018 academic year. AAUW designed Career Development Grants in 1972 to encourage AAUW members to seek or resume academic work toward career advancement. Requirements vary for each scholarship.

  • The Women’s Overseas Service League Scholarship

    Scholarship Amount: $500 to $1,000

    The Women’s Overseas Service League offers scholarship awards to women committed to advancement in military or other public service careers. Recipients are eligible to receive renewed funding for a second year if she reports satisfactory progress as described in the scholarship award criteria.

  • Foundation for Community Association Research

    Scholarship Amount: $5,000

    The Foundation for Community Association Research offers an annual Byron Hanke Fellowship available to graduate students working on topics related to community associations. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited master’s, doctoral or law program in the U.S or Canada. Graduate students must commit to research and write a substantial paper dealing with common-interest communities, covering one of the topics listed

  • George A. Nielsen Public Investor Scholarship

    Once a year, the Government Finance Officers Association awards $2,500 to two students who are enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program. Winners must be enrolled in Public Administration, finance, business administration, or related fields. Requirements vary for each scholarship.

  • Stene Academic Scholarship Program

    The International City/County Management Association awards $1,000 to students who are currently working towards completing a graduate degree in Public Administration or Public Affairs. Requirements vary for each scholarship.

  • The Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation

    Scholarship Amount: Varies

    The Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation awards graduate students, post-freshman students and non-profit organizations with scholarships and grants to fulfill its mission: “To promote life-long learning.”Graduate candidates must plan to continue their academic pursuits in the fall of the grant year, demonstrate academic excellence, and exemplify leadership, volunteer, civic and academic services. Requirements vary for each scholarship.

  • GovLoop and NASPAA Scholarship

    Scholarship Amount: Up to $2,500

    The GovLoop / NASPAA Scholarship for is open to students who are currently enrolled in an accredited postsecondary institution pursuing a graduate degree in public administration, public policy, public affairs, as well as related fields, OR are a student in a program that is a member of NASPAA (though membership in NASPAA is not required). Requirements vary for each scholarship.

  • Mensa Education and Research Foundation

    Scholarship Amount: Varies

    The Mensa Foundation offers a number of scholarship opportunities to students enrolled in a degree program at an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning during the academic year following the application date. Candidates must submit an essay application explaining his her her academic, career, or vocational goals. Requirements vary for each scholarship.