MPA Student and Scholarship Recipient Tyler Thomas
Tyler Thomas returned home for the summer to work in Robeson County, the land of the Lumbees, his "beloved homeland." In his application for the MPA program, Thomas wrote about his desire to attend the nation's first public institution—UNC-Chapel Hill—in order to further his commitment to serving "America's First People."
Tyler Thomas was a 2009–2010 recipient of a Hayman-Howard-Wright Scholarship.
Hayman-Howard-Wright MPA Scholarship Endowment
This fund provides support to students who display academic excellence and those who are returning to the classroom after gaining valuable work experience. The MPA program and its Alumni Association began working in 1996 to create the endowment and awarded the first student scholarship in 1999.
Ensuring Professional Diversity
Our students face the prospect of having no income for most of the two years required to complete the MPA program. Support of the Hayman-Howard-Wright Fund ensures the professional diversity of each MPA class.
To make a gift to this scholarship fund, visit the online giving page.
Sustaining the Legacy of MPA Faculty Members
Three faculty legends in the Carolina MPA program were the inspiration for this endowment:
- Donald B. Hayman’s 40-year career at the Institute of Government led to the adoption of the council-manager form of government and the creation of professional personnel administration throughout the state.
- Kenneth Howard, who also was on the faculty at the Institute, pioneered budgeting improvements in North Carolina and served as MPA program director.
- Professor Deil S. Wright, also a former MPA program director, was internationally recognized as a leading authority on intergovernmental relations.
Donald B. Hayman
S. Kenneth Howard
Deil S. Wright
“In May 1972, Dr. Ken Howard served on a committee to interview me as a candidate for the MPA program. After the interview, I was asked if I had sufficient financial assistance to pay the tuition at UNC. I was banking on my GI Bill. It was not enough. Thanks to the efforts of Professors Howard, Wright, and Hayman, the MPA program came up with supplemental assistance for me to attend. Were it not for their help, I would have never been a part of Carolina’s MPA program and family.”
—James M. Howerton '72