USC Price School of Public Policy

Price Funding Opportunities for Entering Masters Students

MPA Program

Dean’s Merit Scholarships
Dean’s Merit Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission to entering USC Price students pursuing the Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Planning (MPL), Master of Public Policy (MPP), or Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree. Award amounts are dependent on availability of funds, the academic merit of the applicant and, in most cases, are renewable for a second year assuming satisfactory academic progress is made. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment.

City/County Management Fellowship Program
USC Price established the City/County Management Fellowship program for students pursuing the MPA degree. Fellows receive a number of benefits, including scholarships and opportunities to network with local government professionals. Selection is based on academic merit and commitment to the field of local government. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment.

City Hall Fellows Scholarship Program
The Price School is committed to educating the next generation of civic leaders and welcomes the opportunity to provide advanced academic training to alumni of the City Hall Fellows Program. Applicants to the Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Planning (MPL), Master of Public Policy (MPP), or Master of Health Administration (MHA) programs who are current fellows or graduates of the San Francisco, Baton Rouge and Houston City Hall Fellows programs are eligible to apply for the City Hall Fellows Scholarship. Fellowships are awarded in recognition of the students’ work as City Hall Fellows and their commitment to public service.

Admitted students who apply by the scholarship deadline are eligible to receive a $10,000 fellowship ($5,000 per year; renewable for a second year, assuming satisfactory academic progress is made).  Price School fellowships are awarded on the basis of merit, so many City Hall Fellows Program alumni may be eligible for additional funding through Dean’s Merit Scholarships. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment.

USC Price-COLFUTURO Fellowship Program
A joint program between USC Price and Colombia’s COLFUTURO for graduate study at the Price School of Public Policy. The scholarship supports students from Colombia who will enroll in one of the USC Price two-year master’s degree programs. Colombian students selected to receive COLFUTURO funding will also receive a $10,000 scholarship each year (for two years). Application deadline: December 15.

USC Price Webinar with the Education USA Office in Bogota – June 4, 2015

USC Price-CONACYT Fellowship Program
Scholarships for graduate student granted through the agreement between USC Price and Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) support students from Mexico who enroll in a USC Price School two-year master’s degree program. Application deadline: December 15.

USC Price-CONACYT Information Session – November 10, 2014, Mexico City

USC Price/Coro Alumni Fellowship Program
Special $10,000 fellowships for alumni of the Coro Fellows program may be awarded in recognition of the work, public service, and contributions of Coro Fellows. This award will be disbursed over a two year period ($5,000 per year). Coro alumni may be eligible for additional funding through Dean’s Merit Scholarships. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment.

USC Price Graduate Summer Internship Fund
To recognize of the invaluable role students play in improving quality of life for people and their communities, USC Price has established the Price Graduate Summer Internship Fund. Initiated by the Graduate Policy & Administration Community (GPAC), this Internship Fund provides scholarships to select master’s students who participate in unpaid summer internships.

Each summer, five students are awarded a $2,000 scholarship as they support organizations whose work aligns with the USC Price mission. First-year students enrolled full-time in a two-year master’s degree program (MHA, MPA, MPL, MPP) and full-time second-year dual degree students (e.g., MPP/MPL and MPA/MSW) are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: April 17. For more information, visit the GSIF page.

USC Price/Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
In recognition of the significant contributions of Peace Corps volunteers, USC Price signed a formal agreement to participate in the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program (formerly Fellows/USA).  Financial assistance is provided to Returning Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who wish to pursue a USC Price graduate degree. These $10,000 fellowships ($5,000 per year, renewable for a second year assuming satisfactory academic progress is made) also require RPCV’s complete an internship that benefits an underserved community. RPCVs may be eligible for additional funding through Dean’s Merit Scholarships. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment.

USC Price/Public Policy and International Affairs Scholarships
Applicants to the MPA, MPP, MPL, and MHA programs who have completed a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute will be considered for the Public Policy and International Affairs Scholarships. Students admitted to these programs who apply by the scholarship deadline are eligible to receive a $10,000 fellowship ($5,000 per year, renewable for a second year assuming satisfactory academic progress is made). PPIA Fellows may be eligible for additional funding through Dean’s Merit Scholarships. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment.

USC Price/Republic of Korea Ministry of Public Administration and Security 1+1 Program
USC Price will provide advanced graduate training for a select group of Republic of Korea employees enrolled in the USC Price MPA, MPP and MPL programs. Applicants with outstanding academic credentials, strong English skills, recommendations, and financial support from the Korean government may qualify for a $24,000 scholarship ($12,000 per year, renewable for a second year assuming satisfactory academic progress is made) from USC Price. Korean government officials will complete an internship along with their studies. Application deadline: January 15 for fall enrollment.

USC Price/Teach for America Scholarships
In recognition of their work to support of our society’s educational system, a special $10,000 scholarship ($5,000 per year, renewable for a second year assuming satisfactory academic progress is made) is available for alumni of Teach for America. Teach for America alumni may be eligible for greater funding through Dean’s Merit Scholarships. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment.

Price School Leadership in Diversity Fellowships
The Price School Leadership in Diversity Fellowships recognize entering graduate students who demonstrate strong leadership abilities and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Students entering the Master of Health Administration, Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Master of Planning, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Public Policy programs will be considered. These awards consist of full-tuition scholarships.

To apply, students must complete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship and Leadership in Diversity Fellowship application, which is part of the Price School supplemental online graduate application for admission. The deadline for submission is December 15, 2014. Applicants who are not selected for this fellowship will receive full consideration for a Dean’s Merit Scholarship.

Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development Scholarships
Each year, the Dollinger MRED program awards a limited number of scholarships to entering students.

MPA Online Merit Scholarship
The USC Price School of Public Policy awards a small number of merit scholarships to students entering the Online Master of Public Administration program. Selection is based on the strength of the student’s academic record, professional promise, and expected contribution to building the USC Price online student community. Download the application »

VA Yellow Ribbon Program
USC Price is proud to partner with the U.S. Veterans Administration in providing VA Yellow Ribbon benefits to qualified students. The Price School has allocated funds for five Yellow Ribbon Awards each year at up to $10,000 for each award.

The Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional funding for veterans who wish to attend private institutions. Funds can be used to meet any or all unmet tuition/fee needs, but cannot exceed the total cost of tuition and fees. To qualify for Yellow Ribbon benefits, students must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate (100%) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (based on service requirements).

To receive the Yellow Ribbon Program benefits students must be admitted to the university and registered for classes. Once enrolled, submit the following packet to USC’s School Certifying Official:

  • Recent Certificate of Eligibility
  • Completed Application for Semester Entitlement (ASE) Form
  • Copy of a valid photo identification

Take your certificate of eligibility to the Veterans Certification Office and ask them to certify your enrollment to the VA, including Yellow Ribbon. Per federal regulations, eligible recipients will be selected on a first-come/first-served basis.

Note: The university must certify your enrollment to the VA; you may not do so yourself.

Please contact the USC Veterans Certification Office for additional details.