Fellowships and Scholarships

The Andrew Young School provides financial support to outstanding students through scholarships and fellowships. Most of this support can be used to defray the costs of tuition, fees and living expenses associated with being a student at Georgia State University.

To see which scholarships or fellowships apply to you, click the link related to your degree of study. 

Undergraduate Fellowships/Scholarships

The Andrew Young Undergraduate Scholarship

The AYS Undergraduate Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to outstanding leaders and scholars in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.  Awards of up to $2,000 for one year will be made based on academic merit, leadership and need.  Students must be in good academic standing to be selected for the scholarship. Click here for more information.

Chris Perrin Memorial Scholarship

To provide scholarships to rising juniors or seniors majoring in social work or criminal justice and who is enrolled in good standing at GSU. Recipient must have completed at least 90 hours in the degree program with a GPA average of 2.5 or better, and the GPA must remain at or above that level in order for the student to receive funds from this scholarship. Click here for more information.

James L. Maddex, Jr. Scholarship

To provide scholarships to students who are enrolled in good academic standing in an undergraduate or graduate program in the Criminal Justice Department.  Applicants must demonstrate a combination of scholastic merit and financial need and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. Click here for more information.

Jim Mills Memorial Scholarship

To provide one annual scholarship to a student in good standing and who demonstrates an interest in real estate, housing, community development, urban economic development, or urban planning.  Preference will be given to students with a demonstrated interest in a public sector career. Click here for more information.

Judge Andrew A. Mickle Scholarship in Criminal Justice

To provide scholarships to undergraduate students who are studying criminal justice.  Preference is given to active military personnel, veterans, active POST-certified law enforcement officers, children of the preceding classes, children of retired or deceased military and law enforcement personnel, children of parents (one or both parents) born in Upstate New York, or students who were born there.  If there are no qualified undergraduate applicants the scholarship may be awarded to a graduate student who meets the requirements.  This scholarship is awarded based solely on merit.  Recipients must have a GSU institutional GPA of 3.0 or higher. Click here for more information.

Larry E. Quinn Scholarship

To provide scholarships to employees of law enforcement agencies in the Metropolitan Atlanta area who are part-time or full-time students in the Criminal Justice program of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Click here for more information.

Nance Lu Mescon Scholarship

To provide support to undergraduate students in good standing at Georgia State University.  The award is intended for, but not limited to, students interested in research in the area of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, from a policy or intervention perspective.  Preference will be given to qualified students currently enrolled at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Click here for more information.

Phil Peters Scholarship

To provide scholarships for juniors at GSU majoring in criminal justice and who have at least a 3.0 GPA who plan to have a career in Criminal Justice. The scholarships will be awarded based solely on merit.Click here for more information.

PMAP and CPUA Scholarship

To provide scholarships to students who are enrolled in good standing in an undergraduate or graduate program in the Department of Public Management & Policy.  The recipient must demonstrate merit for assistance in a letter of application and a statement of goals and his/her academic record must establish scholastic merit.  The recipient must also maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better during the period of the award. Click here for more information.

Rick Anderson Scholarship

To provide scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students within the department of Public Management and Policy who are also employees of a local municipality or county government within the area covered by the Atlanta Regional Commission.  Preference will be given to employees who are majoring in an area relating to local government financial management. Click here for more information.

Social Work and CPUA Scholarship

To provide scholarships to students who are enrolled in good academic standing in an undergraduate or graduate program in the department. The student must be currently enrolled at GSU, must demonstrate a combination of scholastic merit and financial need, must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better during the term of the award, or must maintain the minimum GPA for their degree program, whichever is greater. Click here for more information.

Bobby Joe Chancey Sr. Memorial Scholarship

To provide scholarships to full-time criminal justice students planning a career in law enforcement, who are entering their sophomore or junior year, considered “at-risk”, and have financial need. The recipient may continue to receive the scholarship each year until graduation as long as he/she remains in good academic standing.  Preference will be given to applicants who have been Camden County residents or residents of nearby counties, however, all students who otherwise qualify are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.

Graduate Fellowships/Scholarships

Amanda G. Hyatt Fellowship

To provide fellowships to currently enrolled students pursuing a masters degree program with a concentration in Nonprofit Studies.  Candidates will have shown excellent academic performance in undergraduate, degree-related coursework, and in the first semester of their masters degree coursework. Students in the first year of study may apply for the fellowship, which will  provide support for their second year of graduate work. Click here for more information

Carole Keels Endowed Scholarship

To provide scholarships to eligible graduate students enrolled in a degree program in economics.  Eligibility is based exclusively on merit.  Preference given to non-traditional students. Click here for more information.

Center for State and Local Finance Public Finance Fellowship

The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) has established the CSLF Public Finance Fellowship to recognize and support students who have a commitment to innovative, non-partisan state and local public finance research. The fellowship is awarded annually to an incoming or current graduate student in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies who is pursuing an MPA, MPP, or master’s degree in Economics. Click here for more information.

Claudia Lacson Memorial Endowment

To provide funds for rural health program development and for scholarships.  The scholarships associated with this endowment are granted to graduate research assistants for the Health Policy Center in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.  It is not a general scholarship available by application. Click here for more information.

Dan Sweat Scholarship

To provide scholarships to students enrolled in the master of public administration degree program within the Department of Public Management and Policy. Eligibility is based on a combination of scholastic merit and financial need.  Recipients must have completed 20 hours in the degree program with a grade point average of 3.5 or better and be preparing for, or further developing, a career in public administration. Click here for more information.

E.D (Jack) Dunn Fellowship and Research Fund

To provide annual graduate fellowships and commissioning research papers on banking. The fellowship is for one year only for a masters or doctoral student.  The recipient must be a second or third year student with academic and research interests in public finance, financial regulatory policy impact on national, regional and local economics, or public management. Preference given to students with a potential career in the Georgia work force. Click here for more information.

Governor Joe Frank Harris Endowed Scholarship

To provide an annual scholarship to an incoming MPA or MPP student who is a Georgia resident and has a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Click here for more information.

Jack Blicksilver Scholarship in Economics

To provide scholarships to graduate students enrolled in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in a degree program in economics. Click here for more information.

James L. Maddex, Jr. Scholarship

To provide scholarships to students who are enrolled in good academic standing in an undergraduate or graduate program in the Criminal Justice Department.  Applicants must demonstrate a combination of scholastic merit and financial need and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. Click here for more information.

Jean Childs Young Fellowship

The Andrew Young School will award up to $5,000 each year for two academic years for the Jean Childs Young Fellowships.   The fellowship may be used for tuition, books, room, board and other associated expenses incurred by graduate students. Recipients must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at the Andrew Young School, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and remain in good standing while receiving the fellowship.  Applicants will be evaluated on merit, need and how well their scholarship and/or professional life aligns with the legacy of Jean Childs Young. Click here for more information.

Jim Mills Memorial Scholarship

To provide one annual scholarship to a student in good standing and who demonstrates an interest in real estate, housing, community development, urban economic development, or urban planning.  Preference will be given to students with a demonstrated interest in a public sector career. Click here for more information

Judge Andrew A. Mickle Scholarship in Criminal Justice

To provide scholarships to undergraduate students who are studying criminal justice.  Preference is given to active military personnel, veterans, active POST-certified law enforcement officers, children of the preceding classes, children of retired or deceased military and law enforcement personnel, children of parents (one or both parents) born in Upstate New York, or students who were born there.  If there are no qualified undergraduate applicants the scholarship may be awarded to a graduate student who meets the requirements.  This scholarship is awarded based solely on merit.  Recipients must have a GSU institutional GPA of 3.0 or higher. Click here for more information

Mark E. Shaefer Graduate Fellowship

To provide scholarships for graduate students in economics. Click here for more information.

PMAP-CPUA Scholarship

To provide scholarships to students who are enrolled in good standing in an undergraduate or graduate program in the Department of Public Management & Policy.  The recipient must demonstrate merit for assistance in a letter of application and a statement of goals and his/her academic record must establish scholastic merit.  The recipient must also maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better during the period of the award. Click here for more information.

Rick Anderson Scholarship

To provide scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students within the department of Public Management and Policy who are also employees of a local municipality or county government within the area covered by the Atlanta Regional Commission.  Preference will be given to employees who are majoring in an area relating to local government financial management. Click here for more information

Senate Budget and Evaluation Office Legislative Fellowship

The Department of Public Management and Policy (PMAP) in partnership with the Georgia Senate Budget & Evaluation Office (SBEO) has established a fellowship that is available to MPA and MPP students. The fellowship with SBEO fulfills the 3 credit hour MPA/MPP internship requirement and can also be applied towards an additional 3 credit hour MPA/MPP elective. The Fellowship lasts for one year, with an option to renew for an additional year depending on performance. Click here for more information

Social Work-CPUA Scholarship

To provide scholarships to students who are enrolled in good academic standing in an undergraduate or graduate program in the department. The student must be currently enrolled at GSU, must demonstrate a combination of scholastic merit and financial need, must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better during the term of the award, or must maintain the minimum GPA for their degree program, whichever is greater. Click here for more information.

Quantitative Economics Award

To provide scholarships for students enrolled in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.  Funds will be used for tuition, books, room and board. Click here for more information.

Theodore C. Boyden Excellence in Teaching Economics Award

This award recognizes the graduate student in economics who best displays excellence in teaching economics. Click here for more information.

UPS Foundation, Inc. Fellowship

The UPS Foundation serves as UPS’s charitable arm and leads the company’s corporate citizenship efforts. Their approach to philanthropy is centered of four pillars that are directly aligned with UPS’s business goals: Diversity, Environment, Community Safety and Volunteerism.  It fulfills the 3 credit hour MPA/MPP internship requirement and can also be applied towards an additional 3 credit hour MPA/MPP elective. It lasts for one year, with an option to renew for an additional year depending on performance.

University-Wide Scholarships
External Graduate Scholarships

Doctoral Fellowships/Scholarships

Andrew Young Fellowships

Through the generosity of many supporters and in honor of Ambassador Andrew Young, the college established the Andrew Young Fellowships. These Fellowships, in combination with a Graduate Research Assistantship, will provide a stipend of $28,000 annually and tuition waiver for 3 years for the selected graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. in Public Policy, Economics, and Criminal Justice at the Andrew Young School.

All applicants for admission to the Ph.D. programs at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies receive automatic consideration for both the Andrew Young and AYSPS Dean’s Fellowships.

Dean’s Fellowships

Through the generosity of the Coca-Cola Foundation and in honor of Ambassador Andrew Young, the college established AYSPS Dean’s Fellowships. These Fellowships, in combination with a Graduate Research Assistantship will provide a stipend of $26,000 annually and tuition waiver for 3 years for the selected graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. in Public Policy at the Andrew Young School.

All applicants for admission to the Ph.D. programs at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies receive automatic consideration for both the Andrew Young and AYSPS Dean’s Fellowships.

Carolyn McClain Young Scholarship
The Carolyn McClain Young Scholarship exists in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies due to the generosity of Andrew Young and Carolyn McClain Young.

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The Carolyn McClain Young Scholarship is open to highly motivated, well-qualified individuals interested in pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in the Departments of Economics, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or Public Management and Policy. The Carolyn Young Scholarship recipient will receive an award of up to $20,000/year GRA stipend. The scholarship seeks applicants from countries in the Caribbean or the African continent who are leaders or potential leaders of their respective countries.

The candidates for this award will be initially selected during the recruitment and admission process. The department will often choose to continue the scholarship awards past the first year. No student will receive the Carolyn McClain Scholarship for more than three years. The number of scholarships awarded will depend on the fund balance and expected contributions.

AYSPS Dissertation Fellowship

The purpose of this fellowship is to support doctoral students who are at dissertation stage and will need supplemental funding to complete their dissertation research.  This funding is not intended to replace a GRA or GTA assignment, but rather to be supplemental to it.  This award does not include a tuition waiver.  The doctoral student must continue his/her GRA or GTA assignment to receive a tuition waiver.

Approved AYS dissertation fellows will receive reimbursement for expenses to cover research costs (experiment costs, data collection, travel, etc.). These funds will be administered by their academic department business manager.

Doctoral students become eligible to apply for this support after successfully defending their dissertation proposals.  To apply for this support the student should submit a 1-2 page summary of his/her approved proposal, a letter of support from his/her dissertation chair, and a budget request (with appropriate supporting documentation) to his/her department’s doctoral director.  The budget request should clearly state how the requested funds would be used.  The doctoral director may request clarification or require additional supporting materials.  Fellowships will be competitively awarded based on the feasibility of the project, innovation/originality, and the potential scholarly contribution of the dissertation.  The doctoral director will recommend full, partial, or no funding to the AYS Dean’s office.  Final approval and funding level rests with the Dean’s Office.

Students may submit materials by the following dates:

Apr. 15 → Summer semester funding start dates

July 30 → Fall semester funding start dates

Dec. 15 → Spring semester funding start dates

Questions about dissertation fellowships should be directed to Cynthia Searcy, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs.

George Melanos Economics Scholarship

To provide scholarships to students in the PhD in economics program who best contribute to the intellectual and professional development of the economics community at Georgia State University.Click here for more information.