The Hearst scholarship is made possible by a generous endowment made
from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The Hearst Scholarships
are considered one of our “flagship” programs and as such are awarded to
students with outstanding academic records and track record of
significant involvement in Public Service and Nonprofit activities.
Hearst scholars generally have incoming GPA of at least 3.50 and many
Hearst scholars have significant experience in founding, managing or
working nonprofit and other public service organizations.
Each year the department faculty awards two new Hearst
Scholarships to students in the Fall incoming class. This means that
there are at least four “Hearst Scholars” in the program at any one
Hearst scholarship decisions are based on data contained
in the department’s admission application. The faculty scholarship
committee considers academic merit (GPA, research
experience/publications, academic fellowships awarded, etc) as well as
relevant nonprofit and/or public service work experience. The letters
of recommendation and the personal essay contained in the admissions
application are also used to make scholarship decisions. The Center for
Public Service and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs
also recognize that diversity in our student body and among our
scholarship recipients are a fundamental principles of our MPA program.