Make a transformative difference for today’s students and the School
Especially now. We see these words more and more often as we all seek to cope with the current environment. For those of us in the public sector, these are indeed difficult times with unprecedented challenges. It is now we need leaders who are risk-takers and innovators who will help address our economic and social problems.
Especially now. We continue to be the #1 ranked program according to U.S. News and World Report in local government management (formerly known as city management and urban policy), and we are in a position to recruit the very best students to our program. Scholarship dollars are crucial to helping us achieve this goal.
Especially now. We need talented and educated public servants dedicated to building communities, solving problems, and contributing to their profession. This environment gives us an historic opportunity to recruit talented individuals to build the next generation of community leaders. It is now we should redouble our efforts to attract a diversity of students to KU.
Especially now. We need your continued support of the KU public administration program. We hope you will consider giving a gift to the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Your donation allows us to take advantage of opportunities and meet unforeseen needs.
Support the School
There are a couple of great ways you can provide the School with access to flexible monies to support the degree programs. Contributions can be made through the KU Endowment Association. Please note the name of the fund to which you'd like to contribute in the “Special Instructions” field.
- Edwin O. Stene Program Discretionary Fund: Commonly referred to as "The Chair's Fund," this fund is fully discretionary and fully expendable at the discretion of the Director of the School. The Director’s current priorities for use of this fund include student recruitment, particularly attracting minority students.
- Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professorship in Public Administration: This fund supports the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor, Rosemary O'Leary.
- Thomas and Barbara Kester Page Fund for Scholarly Activities: This fund is used to support scholarships and fellowships for Master’s and Doctoral students in public administration; the teaching and scholarly work of the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration; and the teaching, research, and scholarly activity of the public administration faculty and graduate students.
- KUCIMAT MPA Support Fund: This fund is used to support City Management Fellows in the MPA Program. Uses include but are not restricted to: attending professional conferences, participating in part-time internships, and conducting research with local governments. Priority is given to activities that allow the student to engage with professionals at practice so that they can apply classroom knowledge in the real world.
- Ethan Allen and Ed Stene Lecture Series: Established by alum Jerry Smith, this fund is used to support faculty and guest speakers in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas.
Over the years, our degree programs have been fortunate to receive the following scholarships for the benefit and ongoing education of students in the School. Donors include alumni and those associated with the development of our School. These scholarships provide the basis to attract some of the brightest and best students from around the nation. Contributions can be made to any of these to help grow the level of support they provide.
|Scholarship (alpha)||Description & Information|
|Public Affairs and Administration Scholarship||Available for general scholarships to students.|
|Ethan Allen||Available to City Management Fellows in the MPA Program.
Background: Ethan Allen was the co-founder of the KU MPA Program, along with Ed Stene.
|Raymond P. Botch and Raymond Paul Botch, Jr. City Management||Provides scholarships to City Management Fellows in the MPA Program for sons, daughters, or relatives of past and present city managers to become future city managers.
Background: Ray Botch, MPA Class of 1968, followed his father's footsteps into the city management profession. Learn more.
Available to MPA City Management Fellows with a preference for graduates of Kansas high schools and to individuals of a racial minority, based on need.
|Darwin W. Daicoff||Provides scholarships for one or more deserving City Management Fellows in the MPA Program who have made outstanding contributions to the Stene Graduate Program in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. Awarded based on merit and need with preference given to a Kansas resident.
Background: Darwin was a beloved professor of public finance who taught our MPA students for decades. This scholarship was established by his daughter, Cathy Daicoff.
|H. George and Mary Frederickson Fellowship||Used to provide support for doctoral or post-doctoral students in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.
Background: H. George Frederickson is a pioneer in the field of public administration and is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the School. Learn more.
|Marvin Harder & Joseph Harkins||Targeted to one or more deserving career-option students with high academic potential enrolled in the MPA program. Based on merit and need.
Background: Marvin Harder and Joseph Harkins are former Directors of the Public Management Center, the professional development arm of the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Marvin Harder is deceased. This scholarship is designated for a Topeka MPA student.
|Mark Keane||Graduate scholarships for students whose goal is to become local government administrative professionals.
Background: Mark was the former Executive Director of ICMA and the spouse of Judith Mohr Keane, a member of the KU MPA class of 1973. Mr. Keane passed away in 2013.
|Mary Litchfield||Available to a City Management Fellow in the MPA Program of unusual promise who combines an academic interest in public administration with a commitment to public service.
Background: Mary was a friend of the KU MPA program and endowed a scholarship via her will.
|Bob Lowry||Scholarships with preference for MPA City Management Fellows who exemplify dedication and commitment to a professional career in public service at the local government level.
Background: Bob is the Director of Public Works for the City of Coffeyville, Texas and a member of the KU MPA Class of 1996. Learn more.
|Harry Nalbandian Public Service||Scholarships for MPA City Management Fellows pursuing a career in local government or community building.
Background: Harry was the father of John Nalbandian, Professor Emeritus in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.
|John and Carol Nalbandian||Available to MPA City Management Fellows preparing for careers in local government.
Background: John, Professor Emeritus in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, and his wife Carol established this MPA scholarship, which became fully endowed in 2012. Learn more.
|Chester A. Newland Doctoral Fellowship||Distributions from this fund support a student seeking a doctor of philosophy degree. Learn more.|
|Paul A. Reaume||Available to City Management Fellows in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.
Background: Paul was a member of the KU MPA class of 1963.
|Liese Ridgeway Vanatta||Available to City Management Fellows in the MPA Program in the School of Public Affairs and Administration who have an emphasis in environmental studies and sustainability. Recipients shall be of high character, show academic achievement and exhibit leadership potential.|
|Clarence E. Ridley||Available to a City Management Fellow pursuing an MPA and/or a career in city management.
Background: Clarence, former Executive Director of ICMA, was the grandfather of Paul Ridley, a friend of the MPA program. Learn more.
|Clara Schneider Perkins||Available to undergraduate or City Management Fellows in the MPA Program in the public affairs and administration program, with a preference for female students.
Background: Clara was the grandmother of Jan Perkins, a member of the KU MPA class of 1976 and Mark Perkins, a member of the KU MPA class of 1980. Learn more.
|Alan E. Sims||Supporting MPA City Management Fellows with tuition, books, travel costs associated with professional seminars/conferences, living expenses and other related costs associated their education, with preference to non-traditional, minority students.|
|Buford M. Watson Jr. Memorial||Available to MPA City Management Fellows who exhibit both academic merit and a strong interest and commitment to a lifetime career as a city manager.
Background: Buford was a member of the KU MPA class of 1960.
|Wildgen Family||Scholarships to support City Management Fellows in the MPA Program in the School of Public Affairs and Administration with a preference to students from Kansas.
Background: Mike Wildgen is a member of the KU MPA class of 1972. Learn more.
|Mark Keane||Scholarships for MPA City Management Fellows whose goal it is to become local government administrators.
Background: Mark was an executive director of ICMA. He was married to Judith Mohr Keane a member of the KU MPA Class of 1973
|Bob and Linda Livingston||Scholarships for MPA City Management Fellows with preference given for students who want to serve in communities under 50,000 and to add diversity to the class cohort.
Background: Bob was a member of the KU MPA class of 1975 serving in California, Illinois, Kansas and University Park TX.
|Rachel Hut Bremen Memorial Fund||This fund supports a MPA City Management Fellow.
Background: Rachel was a member of the KU MPA class of 2007. It was funded by her husband, her classmates and other KUCIMATs after her death.
|Rosemary O'Leary Family||Scholarships for MPA and Doctoral students.
Background: Rosemary was a member of the KU MPA class of 1982 and is the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor and Director of the School.
|Judith Mohr Keane||Supports City Management Fellows in the MPA Program with preference given to female and minority students.
Background: Judith was a member of the KU MPA class of 1973. The fund was funded by her classmates, colleagues and KUCIMATs.
|Jack and Pat Manahan||Supports MPA Students and MPA faculty interested in governmental budgeting and finance with preference given to students interested in budgeting and finance and the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor.
Background: Jack was a member of the KU MPA class of 1982. He was a County Manager and a distinguished governmental consultant in government finance.
What are endowed funds?
Endowed funds are extremely important to the present and future of the School of Public Affairs and Administration. They can be used to recruit promising students, attract and retain renowned scholars, launch promising research, or can be established for any other purpose of your choice. An endowed scholarship can be established with a gift of $50,000 given in full or pledged over a five-year period. The scholarship then exists in perpetuity, providing annual support for generations to come.
Endowed funds can be established in a variety of ways: donating cash; donating securities; creating a planned gift such as a bequest in your will; or a combination of any of these. You may decide how to name the fund, whether for yourself or for someone you wish to honor. In some cases, you can also contribute to existing endowed funds. To learn more about how your gift can help, contact Dan Simon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Conor Taft (email@example.com) - 800-444-4201 or 785-832-7400 - at the KU Endowment Association.
Can my gift be matched?
Your gift may be enhanced through employer matching gift programs. You may be eligible if you or your spouse are employed by, serve on a board for, or are retired from a matching gift company. Contact your HR department, call 1-800-661-5874, or visit kuendowment.org/matching.
Can I set up a recurring gift?
Yes, absolutely! Follow the instructions for setting up an electronic funds transfer.
Can I set up an IRA Charitable Rollover?
Do you have an IRA? Are you 70.5 or older? Are you concerned about how your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) will affect your taxes? Would you like to support the MPA Program?
The IRA Charitable Rollover legislation has been made permanent by Congress and allows you to transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to KU Endowment. The transfer counts toward your RMD and does not result in taxable income to you as long as it is made directly to a qualified charity such as KU Endowment. You may designate the gift to any current scholarship you choose. You can even set up an endowed scholarship fund.
Rosemary O'Leary, Director, School of Public Affairs and Administration, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Simon, Senior Development Director and Team Lead, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 785-832-7378 or email@example.com
Conor Taft, Development Officer, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
785-832-7386 or firstname.lastname@example.org