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Top 32 Public Policy and Administration Scholarships in February 2024

Written by Will Geiger

Will Geiger is the co-founder of Scholarships360 and has a decade of experience in college admissions and financial aid. He is a former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Kenyon College where he personally reviewed 10,000 admissions applications and essays. Will also managed the Kenyon College merit scholarship program and served on the financial aid appeals committee. He has also worked as an Associate Director of College Counseling at a high school in New Haven, Connecticut. Will earned his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University.

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Updated: February 25th, 2024

Public policy and administration is a major that prepares students to analyze, develop, and implement policies and programs that impact society. As a public policy and administration student, you’ll learn about the legal, political, and economic frameworks that shape public policy, and develop skills in research, analysis, and management.

When it comes to paying for your degree, you should consider public policy and administration scholarships to graduate with little or no debt! Below, we’ve profiled the top public policy scholarships that are available to students, as well as award amounts, deadlines, and eligibility requirements.

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

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The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

Niche $25,000 No Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Expired deadline March 2025
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

1 award worth $25,000
Expired deadline March 2025
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Offered by The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation

55 awards worth $7,000
Deadline Mar 6, 2024
Grade Level College Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation

Do you (a) plan to pursue a career related to the environment or (b) are a Native American or Alaska Native who plans to pursue…Show More

Do you (a) plan to pursue a career related to the environment or (b) are a Native American or Alaska Native who plans to pursue…Show More

Do you (a) plan to pursue a career related to the environment or (b) are a Native American or Alaska Native who plans to pursue a career related to Native American health care or tribal public policy? If so, the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $7,000 each to approximately 55 college sophomores and juniors with a passion for leadership, public service, and a commitment to issues related to Native American nations or the environment. Three letters of recommendation that speak to your leadership, public service, and academic achievements are required. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

55 awards worth $7,000
Deadline Mar 6, 2024
Grade Level College Sophomores & Juniors
Get Started

Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy

Offered by Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Multiple awards worth $5,000
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy is a fantastic opportunity for full-time graduate students with a moderately-severe to profound hearing loss…Show More

The George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy is a fantastic opportunity for full-time graduate students with a moderately-severe to profound hearing loss…Show More

The George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy is a fantastic opportunity for full-time graduate students with a moderately-severe to profound hearing loss who use Listening and Spoken Language. This program offers up to three awards of $5,000 each year to those attending an accredited law school or a master's or doctoral program in public policy or public administration. If you're eligible, don't miss out on this chance to further your education and pursue your dreams!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $5,000
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

Fulbright-National Science Foundation Distinguished Scholar Award in Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure

Offered by Council for International Exchange of Scholars

1 award worth $6,000
Deadline Sep 16, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Council for International Exchange of Scholars

This “Fulbright-National Science Foundation Distinguished Scholar Award” is open to Ph.D. and Terminal Degree holders interested in both conducting research and teaching courses in cybersecurity…Show More

This “Fulbright-National Science Foundation Distinguished Scholar Award” is open to Ph.D. and Terminal Degree holders interested in both conducting research and teaching courses in cybersecurity…Show More

This “Fulbright-National Science Foundation Distinguished Scholar Award” is open to Ph.D. and Terminal Degree holders interested in both conducting research and teaching courses in cybersecurity and critical infrastructure at select Icelandic universities. Selected scholar(s) may conduct research and/or teach a course at the university level or deliver seminars/workshops. Research projects must focus on cybersecurity or critical infrastructure related to any of these areas: (1) pure and applied research, (2) research coordination, (3) transitioning research into practice, (4) workforce, curriculum, and capacity development, (5) enterprise risk management, or (6) law, policy, and international relations. Scholars may also participate in consulting, developing training curricula, and assisting with evaluations. Participating institutions are the University of Iceland, Reykjavik University, and the University of Akureyri. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

1 award worth $6,000
Deadline Sep 16, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Dean’s Diversity Fellowships

Offered by Carnegie Mellon University

5 awards worth up to Full Tuition
Deadline Jan 10, 2025
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Carnegie Mellon University

Are you an incoming Carnegie Mellon student program that exemplifies a strong commitment to the improvement of race-related issues in the United States? If so,…Show More

Are you an incoming Carnegie Mellon student program that exemplifies a strong commitment to the improvement of race-related issues in the United States? If so,…Show More

Are you an incoming Carnegie Mellon student program that exemplifies a strong commitment to the improvement of race-related issues in the United States? If so, the Dean's Diversity Fellowships may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the Fellowships award a full tuition scholarship to up to five incoming Carnegie Mellon students. Applicants are also eligible to earn an additional $5,000-$6,000 per academic year by applying for a research assistantship or other part-time work opportunities. Preference for the fellowship will be given to (i) students who have been admitted to the MSPPM program, (ii) students who have demonstrated commitment to working on race-related issues based on affiliation with relevant organizations or work in a relevant field, (iii) students with a major/ minor in gender studies/ theory, (iv) graduates of HBCU’s and HSI’s, (v) students who are first in their family to attend graduate school, and/or (vi) students for whom English is their second language. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

5 awards worth up to Full Tuition
Deadline Jan 10, 2025
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

Heinz Fellowships

Offered by Carnegie Mellon University

5 awards worth up to Full Tuition
Deadline Jan 10, 2025
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Carnegie Mellon University

Have you applied to Carnegie Mellon University's MSPPM (Master of Public Policy & Management) program? If so, consider applying to the Heinz Fellowships! Each year,…Show More

Have you applied to Carnegie Mellon University's MSPPM (Master of Public Policy & Management) program? If so, consider applying to the Heinz Fellowships! Each year,…Show More

Have you applied to Carnegie Mellon University's MSPPM (Master of Public Policy & Management) program? If so, consider applying to the Heinz Fellowships! Each year, the Fellowships award up to five full-tuition scholarships to incoming CMU MSPPM students committed to working in careers focused on serving the public interest including Energy and Environmental Policy, Smart Communities, Urban and Regional Economic Development, International Policy, Social Policy, Data Science for Social Good, and Socially Responsible AI Management. Recipients can also apply for a research assistantship or other part-time work opportunities to earn $5,000-$6,000 per academic year to help with non-tuition expenses. If you're an incoming MSPPM student at Carnegie Mellon University, keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

5 awards worth up to Full Tuition
Deadline Jan 10, 2025
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Association of California Water Agencies Scholarships

Offered by Association of California Water Agencies

2 awards worth $3,500
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level College Upperclassmen

Offered by Association of California Water Agencies

The Association of California Water Agencies Scholarships are awarded to two qualified undergraduate students each year. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a…Show More

The Association of California Water Agencies Scholarships are awarded to two qualified undergraduate students each year. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a…Show More

The Association of California Water Agencies Scholarships are awarded to two qualified undergraduate students each year. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a water resources-related field related to engineering, agricultural and/or urban water supply, environmental studies, or public administration at the start of the academic year covered by the scholarship. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

2 awards worth $3,500
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level College Upperclassmen
Get Started

Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law and Policy Scholarship

Offered by Association of California Water Agencies

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Association of California Water Agencies

The Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship Program awards one scholarship to a qualified graduate student. Applicant must be attending an accredited,…Show More

The Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship Program awards one scholarship to a qualified graduate student. Applicant must be attending an accredited,…Show More

The Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship Program awards one scholarship to a qualified graduate student. Applicant must be attending an accredited, public or private U.S. college at the start of the academic year. Applicant must be pursuing a graduate degree (Master's, PhD, or Law School) in water law, water policy or public administration with a demonstrated concentration in the field of water resources. Applicants must submit at least three current letters of recommendation. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Clair A. Hill Scholarship

Offered by Association of California Water Agencies

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level College Upperclassmen

Offered by Association of California Water Agencies

The Clair A. Hill Scholarship is seeking undergraduate upperclassmen attending a University of California or California State University campus who are pursuing an undergraduate degree…Show More

The Clair A. Hill Scholarship is seeking undergraduate upperclassmen attending a University of California or California State University campus who are pursuing an undergraduate degree…Show More

The Clair A. Hill Scholarship is seeking undergraduate upperclassmen attending a University of California or California State University campus who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in a water resources-related field. This includes engineering, agricultural and/or urban water supply, environmental studies, or public administration. Bear in mind that applicants must be California residents and be able to commit to full-time enrollment for the academic year covered by the scholarship. Don't miss out on this opportunity to further your education and make a difference in the world of water resources!Show Less

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level College Upperclassmen
Get Started

National PELRA Foundation Graduate Student Scholarships

Offered by National Public Employer Labor Relations Association Foundation

1 award worth $3,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by National Public Employer Labor Relations Association Foundation

The National PELRA Foundation Graduate Student Scholarships are annually awarded to graduate students pursuing a degree in human resources, labor and industrial relations, public administration,…Show More

The National PELRA Foundation Graduate Student Scholarships are annually awarded to graduate students pursuing a degree in human resources, labor and industrial relations, public administration,…Show More

The National PELRA Foundation Graduate Student Scholarships are annually awarded to graduate students pursuing a degree in human resources, labor and industrial relations, public administration, or political science with a keen interest in the public sector. While preference will be given to applicants currently employed by state, local, county, or special district governments, any graduate student with an interest in the above fields is eligible to apply. If you're a graduate student pursuing a course of study in human resources, labor and industrial relations, public administration, or political science, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $3,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Angel Scholarship for Social Work, Peace, and Justice Studies

Offered by Catholic Community Foundation

1 award worth $5,000
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Catholic Community Foundation

The Angel Scholarship for Social Work, Peace, and Justice Studies is an incredible opportunity for Catholic high school seniors in Phoenix seeking an undergraduate degree…Show More

The Angel Scholarship for Social Work, Peace, and Justice Studies is an incredible opportunity for Catholic high school seniors in Phoenix seeking an undergraduate degree…Show More

The Angel Scholarship for Social Work, Peace, and Justice Studies is an incredible opportunity for Catholic high school seniors in Phoenix seeking an undergraduate degree in social work, social justice, peace/justice studies, sociology, public administration, or public health. This $5,000 award is open to full-time seniors attending a Catholic high school within the Diocese of Phoenix. Applicants must be registered practicing Catholics, and must plan to enroll at a 4-year college or university in Arizona. If interested, visit the scholarship website to apply. Don't miss out on this amazing chance to kickstart your journey towards a brighter future!Show Less

1 award worth $5,000
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Jeffrey L. Esser Career Development Scholarship

Offered by Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

Multiple awards worth $5,000 - $15,000
Expected deadline December 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

The Jeffrey L. Esser Career Development Scholarship is a prestigious opportunity designed to propel the public finance careers of dedicated professionals working for state or…Show More

The Jeffrey L. Esser Career Development Scholarship is a prestigious opportunity designed to propel the public finance careers of dedicated professionals working for state or…Show More

The Jeffrey L. Esser Career Development Scholarship is a prestigious opportunity designed to propel the public finance careers of dedicated professionals working for state or local governments. This esteemed scholarship is exclusively available to students pursuing majors in public administration, (governmental) accounting, finance, or business administration, with a special emphasis on government. Eligible applicants must be employed at least three years by one or more state or local governments, and be enrolled part-time pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree. Don't miss out on this incredible chance to enhance your career and make a lasting impact in the field of public finance!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $5,000 - $15,000
Expected deadline December 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started
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