Student Awards and Organizations

Rothwell Scholarship Recipients

  • 2015 - 2016 - Alex Gottschalk
  • 2014 - 2015 - Matthew James
  • 2013 - 2014 - David Finley
  • 2012 - 2013 - Megan Dale
  • 2011 - 2012 - Sana Khan
  • 2010 - 2011 - August Caravalho
  • 2009 - 2010 - Michelle Hall
  • 2008 - 2009 - Adam Parker
  • 2007 - 2008 - Jason Damweber
  • 2006 - 2007 - Ryan Ewalt

Deil S. Wright Research Paper Award Recipients

Nanette V. Mengel Communication Award Recipients

  • 2015 - Brittany Clark
  • 2014 - Sarah Forbes

Student Organizations
The Master of Public Administration Program has a number of student organizations that play a vital role in enhancing the MPA student experience. Student organizations within the MPA Program allow students put theory into practice by developing leadership, program management, and networking skills.

Carolina Society for Future Leaders (CSFL)
The CSFL was established by MPA student, Parker Wiseman. This is a student organization recognized by the greater UNC campus. The CSFL secures speakers of interest working in the field of public administration.

Position Name Email Members
President Audrey Shore Billy Cook
Treasurer Francine Stefan Olivia Hammill
Publicist Lauren Brune Janice Hillanbrand
Secretary Lauren Brune Ellis Johnson II
      Stephanie Olson
      Ivette Tapia
      Stephanie Watkins-Cruz
      Sabrina Willard
      Alexander Vazquez


Diversity Committee
The Diversity Committee holds workshops with first-year students once a semester to discuss diversity-related issues for public administrators. The committee seeks to have meaningful and respectful conversations where all participants feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings. 

Member Email Member Email
Luisa Agathon Meagan McDougall
Julia Da Silva Stephanie Olson
Joseph Eckstrom Ashley Tucker 
Matt James Stephanie Watkins-Cruz 
Ellis Johnson II  Alexander Vazquez
Omar Kashef    


ICMA Student Chapter
Our student chapter's goals are to introduce students to ICMA and the local government management profession, establish connections between local government management theories and practices, and cultivate a learning community wherein members actively share experiences.

Position Name Email
President Alexander Vazquez
Vice President Patrick Madej
Treasurer Luisa Agathon
Communications Coordinator Caley Trujillo
Secretary Olivia Hammill


Public Administration Leadership Challenge (PALC)
The PAL Challenge was established in 2013 by graduate students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at the UNC School of Government. The Challenge aims to engage UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates in relevant, community-based issues of public administration in the form of a case study competition. The overarching goals of the PAL Challenge are threefold: (1) to educate undergraduates about public administration (2) to promote the mission of the School of Government and Master of Public Administration programs, and (3) to recruit prospective UNC MPA students.

Directors Email
Lauren Brune
Olivia Hammill
Allison Hawkins
Francine Stefan


Social Committee
Members of the Social Committee organize a number of events sponsored by the MPA Program. 

Member Email Member Email
Lauren Brune Audrey Shore
Julia Da Silva Francine Stefan
James Ellis Caley Trujillo
Olivia Hammill Sabrina Willard 
Hannah Osborne    


Student Committee Representatives
MPA students share in the governance and operation of the following MPA and University committees:

Alumni Executive Board Representatives

On Campus Representatives Online Rep
Francine Stefan Megan Garrett            
Hannah Osborne Gary Rosche


Deil Wright Lecture Representatives

2nd Year/Dual Degree Rep 1st Year Rep
Omar Kashef Alex Gottschalk         


Faculty and Staff Meeting Representatives

2nd Year/Dual Degree Rep 1st Year Rep
Jordan Paschal Ashley Tucker                  


Graduate Professional Student Federation (GPSF)

GPSF Senator
Stephanie Watkins-Cruz