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ASPA’s Section on Professional & Organizational Development Offers Scholarships

Each year, the Section on Professional and Organizational Development (SPOD) confers at least two (2) scholarships to the most deserving doctoral and master level students who are actively enrolled in the study of public affairs, public administration, public policy or public service at accredited institutions of higher learning.

The SPOD annual scholarships are designed to help facilitate learning to advance students’ academic work and interests in finding solutions to public organizational challenges. The scholarships are intended to not only provide membership to introduce students to the work of SPOD but for the long term to serve as a conduit for encouraging students to become involved in the various activities of the Section. These opportunities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Contributing manuscripts for review to Public Administration Quarterly, a widely read refereed journal by academics and practitioners alike.
  • Contributing articles of interest to the Section’s quarterly newsletter
  • Assembling, coordinating and presenting on SPOD sponsored panels and workshops as practitioners, academics and pracademics.
  • Continuing sustained membership, commitment and demonstrated skills for grooming to leadership positions within the Section.

For consideration, submit the following materials:

  1. A  four-page, doubled spaced, typewritten Statement of Purpose that address these questions:
    • Why are you pursuing your current field of study?
    • Why are you applying for the SPOD scholarship?
    • Why and what are your interest(s) in SPOD?
  2. An updated curriculum vitae that speaks to your field of study and interest(s).
  3. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member of your institution.

Please email your materials to the attention of Whitney Hacker, Chair, Scholarship Committee for the Section on Professional and Organizational Development (SPOD) at [email protected], no later than 6 p.m. (CST) Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

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