Scholarships

Ben and Nikki Clay Scholarship

The Ben and Nikki Clay Scholarship applies to undergraduates in the Public Administration major and to graduate level students in the Master of Public Administration program. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.00. This scholarship is open to both full and part-time students who are enrolled in an internship course, either PA 498 or PA 496. Students enrolled in one of these courses will be contacted for eligibility to apply. All applicants will submit a 500-word essay on current issues facing federal, state, or local officials.

John Fowler Scholarhip

John Fowler was Assistant City Manager of the City of San Diego. He retired from the City after 30 years of distinguished service. The professional and business communities demonstrated their respect and appreciation for John’s service by establishing a scholarship endowment in his honor and it was housed in the School of Public Affairs (formerly: School of Public Administration and Urban Studies). This scholarship is competitive and any on-going MPA student is eligible to receive it.  To be considered, students must demonstrate strong academic performance and a commitment to the field of public and urban affairs.

Jack McGrory Scholarship

The Jack McGrory Scholarship applies to undergraduates in the Public Administration major and to graduate level students in the Master of Public Administration program. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.00. This scholarship is open to both full and part-time students who are enrolled in an internship course, either PA 498 or PA 796. Students enrolled in one of these courses will be contacted for eligibility to apply. All applicants will submit a 500-word essay on current issues facing federal, state, or local officials.

Marco G. Walshok Scholarship

Professor Marco Walshok, professor of Public Administration and Urban Studies at San Diego State University, passed away in 1999. The University and professional communities, as a sign of respect and admiration for Marco’s lifetime of achievements and accomplishments, established a scholarship in his memory. In an effort to respect Marco’s professional goals and interests, the scholarship is designed to provide annual funding for a graduate student to undertake research and to facilitate public presentations on regional public policy in the San Diego/Tijuana metropolitan area.

Charles L. Lewis Memorial Scholarship


The Charles L. Lewis Memorial Scholarship applies to undergraduates in the Public Administration major and the Criminal Justice major. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.00. This scholarship is open to both full and part-time students. Preference will be given to applicants who are graduates of Samuel F. B. Morse High School in San Diego, California. All applicants will submit a 500-word essay on current issues facing federal, state, or local officials.

Gregory J. Smith Master of Public Administration (MPA) Endowed Scholarship

The Gregory J. Smith Master of Public Administration (MPA) Endowed Scholarship applies to graduate level students Public Administration. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.00. This scholarship is open to both full and part-time students. Recipients must be incoming or continuing graduate students in the Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) program with an emphasis in financial management. Preference will be given to students who have completed or are currently completing an internship with a county or similar municipality. All applicants will submit a 500-word essay on current issues facing federal, state, or local officials.

Pamela Slater-Price Scholarship for Public Administration


The Pamela Slater-Price Scholarship is open to both full and part-time students who are enrolled in a Public Affairs internship course. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 out of 4.00. Preference will be given to the applicants pursuing a major in Public Administration. Students enrolled in one of these courses will be contacted for eligibility to apply. All applicants will submit a 500-word essay on current issues facing federal, state, or local officials.

School of Public Affairs Scholarship


The School of Public Affairs Scholarship applies to undergraduates in the Public Administration major and to graduate level students in the Master of Public Administration programs. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00.  This scholarship is open to both full and part-time graduate students. Undergraduate students are required to be enrolled full-time. All applicants will submit a 500-word essay on current issues facing federal, state, or local officials.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for application procedures.