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MPA Student Awards

The MPA student awards are given annually during the spring semester. For awards requiring nomination, a nomination period will be announced in advance and the nomination form will be made available on this webpage.

MPA Student of the Year

The MPA Student of the Year award recognizes a graduating MPA student who embodies the department’s core values: “Serve, Respect, Achieve”.

Eligibility
1. Graduating MPA student in the spring semester of the current academic year or the following fall semester.
2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at time of nomination.

Criteria for Evaluation
The MPA faculty will evaluate eligible students based on a number of criteria including, but not limited to: quality of academic work, in-class performance, professional growth and development, demonstrated leadership, and demonstrated personal character.

First Year MPA Student

The First Year MPA Student award recognizes an MPA student in their first year who embodies the department’s core values: “Serve, Respect, Achieve”.

Eligibility

  1. MPA student in their first year (or a student who has completed no more than 18-credit hours).
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at time of nomination.

Criteria for Evaluation
The MPA faculty will evaluate eligible students based on a number of criteria including, but not limited to: quality of academic work, in-class performance, professional growth and development, demonstrated leadership, and demonstrated personal character.

Community Involvement and Volunteering

The Community Involvement and Volunteering award recognizes MPA students who have made outstanding contributions in the community through their volunteering efforts. Students who have completed 25 hours, 50 hours, and 100 or more hours of volunteering will be recognized for their contributions.

Eligibility

  1. Open to all MPA students.
  2. Completion of the self-nomination form demonstrating hours of community service performed, leadership roles in service, and the diversity of organizations.

Criteria for Evaluation
The MPA faculty will evaluate nominees for this award against the backdrop of the impact that their volunteering has made on their lives and the value to the community.

Professional Development

The Professional Development award recognizes an MPA student(s) who has surpassed in a significant and meaningful way the standard program requirements for professional growth and development.

Eligibility

  1. Open to all MPA students.
  2. Completion of the self-nomination form detailing the type and breadth of professional development.

Criteria for Evaluation
The MPA faculty will evaluate nominees for this award by considering a wide range of professional development activities including, but not limited to: attending and presenting at professional conferences, attending professional workshops, participating in program and department hosted or sponsored events, taking on leadership roles within the program or department and/or in outside professional organizations.

Peer Leadership

The Peer Leadership award recognizes a first year (less than 18-credit hours completed) and graduating (30-credit hours or more completed) MPA student who exhibits strong leadership qualities inside and outside of the classroom.

Eligibility

  1. Open to all MPA students.
  2. Student(s) are nominated for this award by their peers. A student must receive one or more completed nominations in order to be eligible for this award.

Criteria for Evaluation
The MPA faculty will evaluate nominees for this award by considering the merits detailed in the nomination form(s). Evidence of peer leadership may include, but is not limited to: demonstrated classroom leadership, setting a high standard for individual and group work, willingness to help or mentor classmates, and creating meaningful engagement with peers outside of the classroom.


INSTRUCTIONS: Use the form below for the Community Involvement and Volunteering award (self-nomination), Professional Development award (self-nomination), and Peer Leadership award. The form will remain open only during the nomination period.

The 2021-22 award winners will be announced at the MPA Student Awards Celebration in April. The nomination period for 2022-23 nomination period will open in March 2023.

AY2021-22 Award Winners

MPA Student of the Year – Jennifer Morgan

First Year MPA Student – Edith Santana

Peer Leadership – Zakiya Daniel

Honorary Societies and Inductees

The Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies is proud to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of our students and encourage membership in Pi Alpha Alpha and Nu Lamba Mu.

Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha membership is prestigious for our students as well as for our public administration program, and the university. We encourage all eligible public administration graduate students, alumni, and faculty to apply for induction. The mission of Pi Alpha Alpha is to acknowledge and encourage outstanding scholarship and accomplishments, promote the education and practice of the art and science that is public administration, and advance the highest caliber of public service through integrity, professionalism and creativity. Pi Alpha Alpha membership represents the highest level of academic achievement and the embodiment of the organization’s dedication to quality public service.For information pertaining to Pi Alpha Alpha membership criteria, please visit their website at https://pialphaalpha.org/ or contact the department at 912-478-1400.

Pi Alpha Alpha Inductees

Callie McDonald
Robert Robinson
Melinda Laughlin
Christina Newman
Ashley Mitchell Broxton
Tiara Monique McClain
Michael Whitten
Jessica Renner
Kayla Whaley
Glenn Hull
Jessica Williamson
Cindy Steinmann
Anna Trapp
Amanda Herring
Danielle Debien
Ashley Thornton
Christopher Suggs
Cory Ware
Monica Boyd
Imonkhae Ugboya
Soumanou Sabi Goura
Kiana Brown
Jennifer Morgan
Pamela Goodman
Zakiya Daniel

Nu Lambda Mu

Nu Lambda Mu is an international honor society and is open to graduate students dedicated to the study of nonprofit management, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship and enterprise. For information pertaining to Nu Lambda Mu membership criteria, please visit their website at https://www.nonprofit-academic-centers-council.org/ or contact the department at 912-478-1400.

Nu Lambda Mu Inductees

Ezinne Uzoh
Amanda Herring
Stacie McDaniel
Colin Karnes
Holly Presscott
Michael Wedincamp
Macey Kilgore

Last updated: 9/28/2022