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Philip H. Melanson Memorial Scholarship

The Philip H. Melanson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006 to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled at UMass Dartmouth and maintain an active interest in public policy. The scholarship was established by friends, colleagues, and former students of Dr. Philip H. Melanson, who taught at UMass Dartmouth for thirty-four years and was widely regarded as one of the institution’s best and most popular teachers. He was a founding member of the Department of Public Policy at UMass Dartmouth and its first department chair. Dr. Melanson was internationally recognized for his extensive work on freedom of information policy, science policy, and the impact of political violence and assassination on democratic societies.

The purpose of the Philip H. Melanson Memorial Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate level public policy programs at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Who is Eligible?

Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • be enrolled full-time or part-time at UMass Dartmouth,
  • be currently (by September 1, 2012) enrolled in undergraduate or graduate classes in Public Policy, conducting research for the Center for Policy Analysis, or participating in a Public Policy Internship, although preference will be given to students who are declared Minors or Majors in Public Policy (undergraduates) and students who have matriculated into the Master of Public Policy program (graduates),
  • undergraduate students must have an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher; graduate students must have an overall G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher in graduate courses or an undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher for newly matriculating graduate students,
  • demonstrate an active interest in extra-curricular activities that involve public policy, public service, or community service,
  • submit the scholarship application form to the Director of the Center for Policy Analysis no later than August 31, 2012,
  • submit a copy of the student’s current transcript,
  • submit a one to two page letter of interest highlighting the student’s public policy involvement and related achievements and explaining any financial need or hardship that should be taken into account by the award committee.

What is the Amount of the Scholarship?

Scholarships are $500 to $1,000 depending on the funds available for distribution.

How can I Use the Scholarship?

The scholarship funds are deposited with the university and used to defray university tuition and fees. Students will receive their scholarship award at the Center for Policy Analysis annual advisory board banquet in October or November.

Award Decisions

Scholarships will be awarded on a combination of academic merit, public service, and financial need.  The amount of funds available for scholarship awards will be determined by the Director of the Center for Policy Analysis no later than the application deadline.  The number of scholarships and the amount of scholarships will be decided by the Advisory Board’s Public Policy Program & Curriculum Committee, although the total amount of the awards will not exceed the funds available as determined by the Director.  Scholarship awards will be announced no later than November 7th of each year.


Public Policy Scholarship

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Foundation maintains a Public Policy Scholarship Fund that is administered by the Center for Policy Analysis. The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled at UMass Dartmouth and maintain an active interest in public policy.

Who is eligible?

Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for a public policy scholarship:

  • enrolled full-time or part-time at UMass Dartmouth
  • taking classes in Public Policy, conducting research for the Center for Policy Analysis, or participating in a Public Policy Internship, although preference will be given to students who are declared Minors in Public Policy (undergraduates) and students who have been accepted into the Master of Public Policy program (graduates)
  • undergraduate students must have a 2.5 G.P.A. or higher; graduate students must have a 3.5 G.P.A. or higher
  • demonstrate an active interest in extra-curricular activities that involve public policy, public service, or community service
  • submit the Public Policy scholarship application form to the Director of the Center for Policy Analysis no later than October 1 of the academic year
  • submit a copy of the student's current transcript and a one-page letter of interest highlighting the student's public policy involvement and related achievements

What is the amount of the scholarship?

Scholarship awards to undergraduate students are normally $500. Scholarship awards to graduate students are normally $1,000. The number and amounts of the awards may vary depending upon the decision of the Public Policy Program & Curriculum Committee and the availability of funds.

How can I use the scholarship?

The scholarship check is forwarded directly to the student, who may use it to pay university tuition and fees, books, research related travel expenses, campus room and board, or other living expenses. Students will receive their scholarship check at the Center for Policy Analysis annual advisory board banquet in November.

Award Decisions

Scholarships will be awarded on a combination of academic merit and public service. Scholarships awards are decided by the Center for Policy Analysis Advisory Board's Public Policy Program & Curriculum Committee. This group is a five-member committee that includes at least two full-time tenure-line faculty in the Department of Public Policy or its Affiliated Faculty. At least two committee members are non-faculty practitioners who sit as members of the Center for Policy Analysis Advisory Board. Scholarship awards will be announced no later than December 20th for Fall awards and no later than April 30th for Spring awards.


Contact Information

For more information or an application, please email publicpolicy@umassd.edu.

 

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