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Dallas-based group offers money for master’s program

Dallas-based group offers money for master’s program

Public adminstration first year graduates (from left to right) Sean Jacobson, Abbey Heffner, and Patrick Ratliff are three of five recipients for scholarships from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation. Dylan Nadwodny | Intern Photographer

Dallas-based group offers money for master’s program
September 24
01:38 2015

Lisa Dreher | Staff Writer

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A Dallas-based foundation has given UNT $28,500 to be awarded this year to five students pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration.

The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation awards recipients with a $12,000 stipend for 16 months and $16,500 toward tuition and fees.

This year’s recipients are Abbey Heffner, Sean Jacobson, Chelsea Monty, Patrick Ratlif and Julie Winkler, who are all full-time pre-career student with the MPA program.

Winners are expected to attend seminars throughout the year, with a conference in October. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled full-time in the MPA program.

Founded by former United States Congressman Hatton W. Sumners of Texas, the foundation’s mission is to encourage citizen involvement in government. UNT’s MPA within the Department of Public Affairs is the only program in the foundation that offers scholarships within the field.

“Of all of [the foundation’s] programs, I think we fit nicely with their mission because our students are citizens who go on to become leaders of government,” said Robert Bland, endowed professor of local government and faculty liaison to the Sumners Foundation.

Bland said the relationship between the MPA and the Hatton W. Sumners foundation “raises the profile of the department, the MPA program, the university and our region as well as the center of academic opportunities.”

UNT has worked with the foundation for more than 35 years and Sumners Foundation  has assisted other schools with 14 scholarship programs throughout Texas and Oklahoma. The foundation expects applicants to educate the public on its responsibility in a democracy.

This year’s recipients will also be research assistants to their respective professor for 10 hours a week for the first year.

Heffner, who received a bachelor in psychology and child learning and development from the University of Texas at Dallas, plans to specialize in nonprofit management.

“I think it’s going to really teach me how nonprofit organizations work and how to lead organizations in a way that they can overcome the challenges nonprofits face,” Heffner said.

The Hatton W. Sumners foundation chooses applicants from a pool of those with preferred majors and qualifications who have an interest in local government and nonprofit careers. The deadline for applications is April 1.

Finalists are then interviewed on campus in early May, with an announcement of of the recipients in the spring.

With a bachelor’s degree in political science from Abilene Christian University, Monty said she is thankful for the financial support from such a substantial award.

“I would not have been able to go to grad school without it,” Monty said.

Sean Jacobson, who received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Miami University, said he feels the scholarship’s standards directly apply to him.

“Less student debt would allow me to focus on studying as much as I can,” Jacobson said. “Getting a good internship and getting a job and starting public service to fulfill the mission of Hatton W. Sumner.”

Featured Image: Public administration first year graduates (from left to right) Sean Jacobson, Abbey Heffner, and Patrick Ratliff are three of five recipients for scholarships from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation. Dylan Nadwodny | Intern Photographer

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