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Funding Opportunities

In addition to University Scholarships, there are a number of annual and endowed scholarships and awards available specifically for Rockefeller College students. Below, please find descriptions and requirements. In the event additional funds become available, students will be notified via email.


Anna Boochever deBeer Scholarship Fund

The Anna Boochever deBeer Scholarship Fund provides annual scholarships to graduate students in Public Affairs whose education will enable them to work for the betterment of our society.  The amount of the scholarship award varies, and newly accepted students will be given first preference.

All applicants to the MPA program who submit their application by the February 1 fall application deadline will automatically be considered for this scholarship. 

The Anne Gustin Rockefeller College Scholarship for Women in Law or Government

Established by Patricia E. Salkin, Esq. ’85 and Mr. Howard F. Gross, this scholarship provides support for full-time female Rockefeller College undergraduate or graduate students who intend on pursuing employment at a government agency at the local, state or federal level or a student who intends to attend law school upon graduation from Rockefeller College. Application information will be emailed to students in the spring semester.

Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Scholarships

The University at Albany offers competitive, merit-based Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Scholarships to graduate students who will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their graduate or professional program.  Applicants must be United States citizens or have permanent residency, and must have completed an application for graduate study at the University. Once applicants are accepted to their graduate program, they must be nominated by their department or College in ordered to be considered by the Selection Committee.  The Selection Committee will give special consideration to students who are of a race or ethnicity that is underrepresented in our graduate and professional programs, but will not make awards solely on that basis. Every applicant will be evaluated on his or her own merits.  The Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Scholarship deadline corresponds with applicant's departmental deadline for financial assistance (see admission pages for deadlines and requirements). Applicants may download the Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Scholarship application here.

Coverdell Fellows program for returning Peace Corp Volunteers

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program is a graduate fellowship program for Peace Corps Volunteers applying to the MPA or MIA programs. Our Coverdell Fellows must complete an approved Fellowship Placement designed to address the needs of a local undeserved and/or at-risk community. Through these assignments our Fellows are able to “bring home, and expand upon, the skills they learned as Volunteers.” This includes skills such as cultural awareness, adaptability, language skills and working in low resource settings. Prospective students will have the opportunity to indicate that they are/will be a qualified returned Peace Corps volunteer (RPCV) who wishes to be considered for the Coverdell Fellowship on their application to the College’s MIA or MPA program. Rockefeller College will waive the application fee for RPCVs applying to the MIA and MPA programs. Learn more here.

The Dean Frank J. Thompson Scholarship

Established by friends and colleagues of the former Dean of Rockefeller College, the Dean Frank J. Thompson Scholarship fund provides financial assistance for a graduate student(s) who has been accepted into a graduate degree program in Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College.  First preference shall be given to a student who demonstrates both financial need and academic achievement.
All applicants to the MPA program who submit their application by the February 1 fall application deadline will automatically be considered for this scholarship.  The amount of the award(s) may vary.

Rockefeller College Study Abroad Scholarships

Rockefeller College Study Abroad Scholarships provide modest support to undergraduate Rockefeller College students to encourage their participation in a UAlbany education abroad program. Students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need are eligible. Application information will be emailed to students in the spring semester.

Jean Ellis Poletti Memorial Internship Fund and Arthur & Maria Kelly Smith Endowment

The Jean Ellis Poletti Memorial Internship Fund Award is awarded to graduate students at Rockefeller College who are participating in internships at local, state, or federal agencies or at nonprofit organizations. 

The Arthur & Maria Kelly Smith Endowment Award provides support to graduate students at Rockefeller College participating in internships in public interest agencies outside of government.

Students who submit an application will automatically be considered for both the Poletti and Smith awards, when applicable. Awards are traditionally given for summer internships. Preference will be given to master's students who obtain an unpaid (or minimally paid) internship outside of the Capital Region. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Students may view detailed application criteria here.

Joseph & Helen Heikoff Endowment

The Joseph and Helen Heikoff Endowment provides scholarships to help graduate students at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy with extreme financial need. Students who face unexpected circumstances that may affect their financial ability to remain enrolled in classes will be given first priority.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.  Students should submit a short essay describing their circumstances to Sheena Loughlin at sloughlin2@albany.edu.  Documentation of financial circumstances may be required.

The Lewis S. Wiener ’84 Scholarship

Established my Lewis S. Wiener BA ’84, this fund provides scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing a degree at Rockefeller College who demonstrate both financial need and academic merit.  Application information will be emailed to students in the spring semester.

Mary Reyers & Peter J. Brusoe Washington Semester Fund

To encourage high achieving undergraduate students to take advantage of the University at Albany's outstanding Washington, DC semester program, The Mary & Peter Brusoe Washington Semester Fund provides modest scholarships to students who are accepted into the program.  Students will have the ability to apply for scholarships during the application process for the Washington Semester Program.

Robert S. Herman Rockefeller College Fund

Established by Dr. Robert S. Herman, a former professor at the University at Albany, this fund was created to support a graduate student with demonstrated financial need who is enrolled in full-time study at Rockefeller College. Eligible applicants to the MPA program who submit their application by the February 1 fall application deadline will automatically be considered for this scholarship.  The amount of the award(s) may vary.

Rockefeller College Alumni and Friends Scholarship

The mission of Rockefeller College is to prepare students so that they can contribute to public service in a myriad of ways. The Rockefeller College Alumni and Friends Scholarship will be awarded to current graduate students who exemplify this mission – as citizens, professionals, and educators. This can be in the form of service to the College or community, through a professional position or internship that contributes to the greater good, or through a research project that focuses on the pressing challenges facing the world today. Application information will be emailed to students in the spring semester.

Rockefeller College Advisory Board Scholarship Fund

Established by Michael Lampert BA ’73, the Rockefeller College Advisory Board Scholarship Fund provides support for students pursuing degrees at Rockefeller College. This year up to seven scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy who have demonstrated academic excellence and commitment to community service.  Applications are due by March 1 each spring semester.  Application information will be emailed to students in the spring semester.

The Rockefeller College Professor Harold W. Adams Student Experience Fund

The Rockefeller College Professor Harold W. Adams Student Experience Fund was established by Timothy Murphy, MPA ’77 to provide support for events and activities that enhance the overall student experience at Rockefeller College. The fund was created to honor the legacy of Professor Harold W. Adams and to recognize the impact that he had on the lives of students during his long tenure in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Any Rockefeller College student who would like to request financial support from this fund should submit a statement to Renee Wallingford (rwallingford@albany.edu). The statement should include a description of the activity for which you are seeking funding and an explanation as to how the activity will enhance your overall student experience and/or benefit you academically. In addition, students should submit a budget that includes total expenses, other anticipated support, and the amount requested from Rockefeller College. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to full-time BA, MA, MIA, MPA and PhD students.

Rockefeller College Public Administration Student Association (PASA) Scholarship

Established by the 2015 PASA Board and members of the 2015 and 2016 classes, the PASA Scholarship provides support for an incoming MPA student.  The recipient should demonstrate good moral character, social responsibility, leadership abilities to create positive change, as well as an interest in pursuing a management career in the public or non-profit sector. Applicants to the MPA program who submit their application by the February 1 fall application deadline will automatically be considered for this scholarship

The Rousseau Warner Family Scholarship Fund

Established by Dean David Rousseau and Professor Lynn Warner, this fund provides scholarship support for an undergraduate or graduate student(s) pursuing a degree at Rockefeller College.  Recipients may be selected based on financial need and/or merit.  Application information will be emailed to students in the spring semester.

Semester in Washington Scholarships

The Semester in Washington Scholarships provide financial assistance to students who otherwise would not be able to participate in the University at Albany's Semester in Washington program due to financial hardship.  Students will have the ability to apply for these scholarships during the application process for the Semester in Washington Program.

Rockefeller College Emergency Scholarship Fund

The Rockefeller College Emergency Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to help students at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy with extreme financial need. Students who face unexpected circumstances that may affect their financial ability to remain enrolled in classes will be given first priority. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Students should submit a short statement describing their circumstances to Renee Wallingford (rwallingford@albany.edu). Students may also be required to provide documentation. The College may consult other campus offices on the student's record as needed.