Garth Jones & Dalmas Nelson Best Paper Award

The Garth Jones & Dalmas Nelson Paper Award is available to current students or recent graduates of the MPA and MPP programs at The University of Utah.  This award recognizes the importance of clear written communication by public servants.  The major criteria for judging submissions are:

  • Clarity of Expression
  • Relevance to public administration or policy
  • Innovativeness
  • Originality
  • Academic quality

2017 Winners:

First Place: Andrew Hyder (not pictured)

Second Place: Ian Adams (pictured with Mr. Garth Jones)

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Reed Clegg Fellowships

The Reed Clegg Fellowships are awarded by an endowment by the Clegg family, in honor of Reed Clegg who was a devoted scholar and public servant.  The awards prioritize students who have shown a devotion to excellence in public service and/or who identify as active in the LDS community.

2017 Winners: (from left to right) Colleen Marshall; Brooke Davies; Lorene Kamalu; Keith Blanc; Jennifer Colby

Not Pictured: Tyler Schilhabel; Kassandra Tello

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Homer Durham Scholarship

G. Homer Durham was a distinguished teacher, scholar, and administrator in higher education.  He was an administrative pioneer to an extraordinary extent.  Among other things, he was first Chair of the Political Science Department and first Academic Vice President at the University of Utah; President of Arizona State University, soon after its transition from a college to a university; and first commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Utah.  He also served a term as President of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA).

2017 Recipients: Rocío Torres Mora & Caitlin McDonald

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Utah City Managers Association Scholarship

The Utah City Management Association awards two scholarships to University of Utah students and two more to BYU students.  The winners of the UCMA Scholarship are expected to attend the UCMA annual Conference in April and participate in the mentoring breakfast.

2017 Winner: Tyson Broderick

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The J. Steven Ott Nonprofit Scholarship

The scholarship is given in honor of Dean Emeritus, and current professor J. Steven Ott for his scholarly contributions and leadership in the nonprofit field.  The scholarship is in recognition of the large number of nonprofit students enrolled in the MPA Program, and of the growing significance of nonprofits in public affairs generally.

2017 Winners: Diedre Schoenfeld (pictured);

                            Amy Stocks; and Margoth Tello                                                     (not pictured)

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JoLyn Brixey Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors MPA alumna JoLyn Brixey who passed away in 2015.  Lolling worked as a public servant for 29 years, and came back for her bachelor’s and master degree later in her career.  She was known as a bright and enjoyable student by her classmates and the MPA faculty and staff.  This scholarship follows JoLyn’s example by recognizing and MPA student who embodies scholarship and engagement.

2017 Recipient: Charie Hallen

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The Garth Jones MPA Joint Programs Scholarship

This scholarship is given in honor of Garth Jones, a graduate of the University of Utah and Professor Emeritus of the University of Alaska.  Dr. Jones has been a long-time supporter of the University of Utah MPA Program.  Dr. Jones helped raise significant funding for the G. Homer Durham scholarship and other scholarships.  This scholarship is awarded to students who have enrolled in one of our many joint degree programs (JD, MSW, MHA, ELP, MPH)

2017 Recipient: Rebecca Pipkin (MPA/MPH)

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Wendy Rice Staff Award

Wendy Rice is described as “the glue that held the MPA program together during some very difficult times.”  She served as the MPA Program Manager for ten years (1991-2001) until her sudden demise in 2002.  During that time she endeared herself to students and faculty alike for her warm support and advice and was often referred to affectionately as the “den mother.”  In her memory and in honor of her service, the Wendy Rice Staff Award was instituted and has been given to exceptional staff who exemplify her values.

2017 Faculty Winner: Sharon Mastracci

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2017 Student Winner: Sheena McFarland

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The MPA Civic Engagement Scholarship

The MPA Program has a long history of graduates who have been involved with, and remain involved with civic engagement and community outreach.  This scholarship recognizes a student who meets this spirit of dedication to community, an organization and/or cause.

2017 Recipient: Tiffany Shapiro

Thomas H. and Chiyo H. Morita Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of the donor’s parents, who were forcibly removed from their homes and relocated to concentration camps in Delta, Utah, and Minidoka, Idaho.  The internment precluded them from obtaining a college education.  This injustice did not make them bitter, but inspired them to educate their child that justice and freedom are protected by the Constitution.  In appreciation for the extraordinary commitment and efforts of her parents, Renee Morita has endowed this scholarship in their name and memory.

2017 Recipient: Jennifer McGrath