Students can apply for several competitive scholarships awarded by the MPA Alumni Society each year. Current scholarships include: 

  • MPA Alumni Scholarship: A tuition scholarship to a deserving student from the MPA Program.
  • MPA Study Away (Take a Leap) Scholarship: This scholarship is donated by a UAB MPA Alumni who believes it is important to support UAB MPA students through service-learning opportunities in Washington, D.C. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is working a summer internship in D.C. 
  • MPA Alumni Nonprofit Management Scholarship: This scholarship will be used to assist deserving students who are enrolled in the Master of Public Administration Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at UAB with a career focus on nonprofit management.

Students will receive communication—typically in spring semesters—about these scholarships and how to apply for them.

Recent Scholarship Winners

Year Alumni Take a Leap Nonprofit Management
2021 Nusrat Fatima
Mhamuda Khatun
Michael Wise
Caitlin Cruz Endia Harris
2020 Sam Sider KaShunti Farmer Kaily Ford-Davis


In the spring, the MPA program also presents several awards to students graduating during that calendar year. Students are nominated by MPA faculty and staff. These awards include: 

  • The Outstanding Student Award is given to a student from the MPA program for academic excellence and service accomplishment. 
  • The Outstanding Student Service Award is given out each year to a student from the MPA program who shows outstanding leadership and service to the MPA program and the Graduate School Senate.
  • The Outstanding Student Practitioner award is given each year to a full-time practitioner-student who excels in academic achievement in the MPA program and shows leadership in the practitioner world.  Their dedication to service and education is a role model for our next generation of students.

Recent Award Winners

Year Outstanding Student Student Service Student Practitioner
2021 Erica Techo Kaia Greene Ollie Davison
2020 Trey Gordon Amy O’Dell Briana Chisham Bryant
2019 Kym Payne Aysha Rasool Jesslan Wilson 
2018   Christopher Burks Micah Andrews
2017 Dillon Wood Ayumi Byrd Karen Scott