Student Awards and Organizations

Rothwell Scholarship Recipients

  • 2016 - 2017 - Matt McKirahan
  • 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

  • 2016 - Andrew Trump
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Alumni Executive Board

Deil Wright Lecture Committee

Graduate Professional Student Federation (GPSF)