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Diversity in Public Service Scholarship


James Howerton graduated from the UNC MPA Program in 1977 and had a distinguished career working with the City of Greensboro, North Carolina, for more than 30 years. Currently he is an adjunct professor at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

With this scholarship, Howerton hoped to help address the needs of students confronting significant financial challenges. The scholarship recognizes that diversity of race, background, and experience among MPA classmates enriches the academic environment of the program and the personal development of each student.


The Diversity in Public Administration Scholarship is awarded based on the following criteria: educational preparation, life experiences, demonstrated ability and motivation to overcome disadvantage or discrimination, ability to extend knowledge-based services to enhance the quality of life of all citizens, and other factors that may contribute to the presence of diversity.

Award Information

For more information about this award, contact MPA staff member Susan Lynch at


To support the Diversity in Public Service Scholarship, visit our giving page.