Public affairs scholarships

The School of Public Affairs offers a number of scholarships for its students. Scholarship awards are based on a number of criteria depending on the scholarship type and funding source. These can include academic program, academic merit, and/or financial need. The due dates and application process for these scholarships are announced on the school’s listservs.

  • Brent Whiting Brown Scholarship
  • Creative City Scholarship
  • N. Joseph Cayer Public Affairs Scholarship
  • Robert Denhardt Scholarship
  • Kenneth A. McDonald Scholarship
  • Frank and June Sackton Endowment
  • Pfister Family Scholarship
  • Barrett Endowed Scholarship
  • Don and Lucy Traaen Scholarship Fund
  • SPA Fellowships
  • Cynthia J. McSwain Scholarship
  • Pat Manion Scholarship Endowment
  • Marvin Andrews Fellowship for MPA and MPP students

Other financial aid resources:

Other types of aid

The Office of National Scholarship Advising (ONSA) helps students from ASU prepare to compete for national and international awards of merit. While its goal is to aid students in securing through these awards the means to advance their undergraduate or graduate studies, its educational mission is more broad: to use these awards and their application processes as means to help students enrich their educational experience and so realize their fullest potential and highest aspirations.

For a listing of fellowships and scholarships available through ONSA, visit:

The Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) awards two annual scholarships of $2,000 each to graduate students in Arizona who aspire to a career in local government management. Visit the ACMA site for more information.      

What about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness?

Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a new program for federal student loan borrowers who work in certain kinds of jobs. It will forgive remaining debt after 10 years of eligible employment and qualifying loan payments. Only non-defaulted loans made under the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program are eligible for loan forgiveness. The borrower must have made 120 payments as part of the Direct Loan program in order to obtain this benefit. Only payments made on or after October 1, 2007 count toward the required 120 monthly payments.

Who can get Public Service Loan Forgiveness?

This program is for people with federal student loans who work in a wide range of "public service" jobs, including jobs in government and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. In most cases, eligibility is based on whether you work for an eligible employer. Your job is eligible if you:

  • are employed by any nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization;
  • are employed by the federal government, a state government, local government, or tribal government (this includes the military and public schools and colleges); or
  • serve in a full-time AmeriCorps or Peace Corps position.

For more information: