Graduate Scholarships

Fairleigh Dickinson University and its School of Public and Global Affairs offer three scholarship opportunities. Inquiries should be directed to MPA@fdu.edu

Click here for the Application Form: SPGA Scholarships Application

The Deadline for scholarship application submission for F1 international students who are not yet here in the USA is May 1.

The Deadline for all other scholarship application submissions is July 1. 

Scholarship applications are reviewed annually.  The Elizabeth and Mark A. Meyer scholarship for MA Global Affairs may be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Applications to the graduate program must be completed prior to applying for the scholarship.

Applications submitted in advance will be held until the review.

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

FDU Graduate students may apply to the School of Public and Global Affairs for graduate assistant positions that can help fund tuition costs.  GA’s assist the SPGA department for up to 20 hours per week with administrative and marketing duties.  Preference is given to applicants who begin an assistantship in their first year of graduate study.    

Contact Lorraine Nienstedt at niensted@fdu.edu for available opportunities.

African American Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

A graduate scholarship for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is reserved for members, employees, (and their immediate family) of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.

“As an alumnus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, I encourage you to pursue this opportunity to be educated at one of the world’s best institutions. FDU helped transform my life,” says John E. Harmon, Sr., President & CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ).

Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree and meet other requirements for admission to the MPA. Applicants will be judged on their potential for advancement in their career and their financial need. Application to the MPA program must precede application for the scholarship.  Test scores are not required. The application fee is waived.

Newark Initiative

Entering students living or working in Newark and Essex County, NJ have the opportunity to request partial scholarships for Fall 2022 though Summer 2023 for classes held in Newark.   Students must be admitted for consideration and must live or work in the area as well as take in person classes in our Newark locations. New incoming students, and Newark-based students are given preference over other Essex County residents.  Scholarship applications are currently being accepted:  Applications for new students entering in Fall 2022 term are due July 29, 2022;  Applications for students entering in Spring 2023 are due December 1, 2022; and applications for students entering in Summer 2023 are due April 1, 2023.  Other sources of scholarship, financial aid and employer tuition remission funding must be disclosed with application. Please specify on your application that you are applying for the Newark Initiative and your connection to Newark or Essex County.

Orefice Family Graduate Scholarship

The Orefice Family Graduate Scholarship supports students in the School of Public and Global Affairs. The scholarship supports the part-time studies of up to 20 students for up to two years.

The Scholarship honors FDU alumnus James Orefice and his family. Mr. Orefice was awarded the MA in political science in 1992. “Graduate school,” he says, “helped me anticipate trends and make business decisions. It taught me to think and solve problems.” He spent a career in the high-pressure world of commodities trading, but Mr. Orefice strongly supports students who choose a career in public service. “Anytime you can join a non-profit or public organization you have the chance to turn a negative world into a positive one. Giving back to the community turns a zero-sum world into pro-sum world,” says Orefice.

Applicants for the scholarship should have a bachelor’s degree and meet other requirements for admission to the School’s MA, MPA, MAS or MS programs. Applicants will be judged on their potential for advancement in their career and their financial need. Students must maintain a B average to receive the yearly renewal.

 

Ellen Chapman and Michael Moss Scholarship in Public Affairs

The Ellen Chapman and Michael Moss Scholarship in Public Affairs supports students pursuing the Master of Public Administration (MPA) through its program of project-based learning. The scholarship supports an ambitious and industrious student in the project-based MPA for up to two years.

The Scholarship honors FDU Alumnus Michael Moss and his spouse, Ellen Chapman. Moss was awarded the BS from FDU in 1975. For 30 years, they engaged in international trade, often in unstable areas of the world.  Ellen was responsible for the oversight of all operations in the USA. Michael is an invited lecturer at a number of organizations including the United States Naval War College, the United States Naval Academy, various U.S. Special Forces Groups and SEAL Teams, as well as federal law enforcement agencies, federal intelligence agencies, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Applicants for the Scholarship must have at least a bachelor’s degree and meet other requirements for admission to the project-based MPA. Applicants will be judged on their potential for advancement in their career and their financial need.

Elizabeth and Mark A. Meyer Scholarship

This scholarship honors FDU alumnus Mark A. Meyer who over many years helped transform post-communist Romania and Moldova into market economies. He was awarded Romania’s National Order of Merit in 2004, and Moldova’s highest civilian decoration, the Medal of Civic Merit, in 2006.

The Elizabeth and Mark A. Meyer Scholarship supports annually the part-time studies of up to two students for up to two years. All student all encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to employees of the Embassies of Romania and the Republic of Moldova to the United States, their respective Missions to the United Nations, and the Consulate General of Romania in New York, who enroll in FDU’s Master of Arts in Global Affairs.

Applicants for the scholarship should have at least a bachelor’s degree and meet other requirements for admission to the graduate program. Students must maintain a B average to receive the yearly renewal.