Scholarships and Fellowships
Heinz College Scholarship/Fellowships for MSPPM Students
A separate application is not necessary for consideration for the following Heinz College scholarships and fellowships. MSPPM students who indicate in the application for admission that they want to be considered for financial aid are automatically considered for any applicable scholarship opportunities.
Students who are eligible for more than one scholarship from Heinz College may not be entitled to the minimum award for the second scholarship.
MSPPM Program Scholarships
These merit-based scholarships are awarded to exceptional students joining the MSPPM program.
Dean's Diversity Fellowships
Multiple scholarships are awarded to applicants who exemplify a strong commitment to the improvement of race-related issues in the United States. Awards include a scholarship ranging from one-half tuition to full tuition and a $6,000 per year research assistantship.
Four fellowships are awarded annually to students committed to working in careers focused on serving the public interest. Awards include a scholarship ranging from one-half tuition to full tuition and a $6,000 Research Assistantship for each academic year.
Up to two fellowships are awarded annually (at the time of enrollment) to U.S. citizen students who have demonstrated a strong committed to economic development either in their previous academic work or in their professional career. Awards include a scholarship ranging from one-half tuition to full tuition and a $1,000 in conference or workshop support for their second year at Heinz.
MSPPM applicants interested in this fellowship should choose "Regional Economic Development" as their area of interest within the online application. In addition, applicants are encouraged to use the standard essay, optional essay or optional video essay to express their interest. Please see this page for more information.
Up to three fellowships are awarded each year to MSPPM students who choose careers that contribute to the economy and environment of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods.
The competitive application process is announced and conducted early in the spring semester each year. Lauble Fellows receive a $1,500 per semester (fall and spring) of their second year. Fellows also reveive a minimum Public Service Career Opportunities Program award of $4,000 if they accept eligible public service employment after graduation. Please see this page for more information.
Pittsburgh Regional Leaders Scholarships
Heinz College offers a limited number of Regional Leaders Scholarships to incoming full- and part-time students who have demonstrated a commitment to the Pittsburgh community. Applicants interested in the Regional Leaders Scholarships are required to have one of their three letters of recommendation written by someone who can testify to the applicant's commitment to and impact on the Pittsburgh community.
Tribal Affairs Fellowship
Multiple scholarships ranging from one-half tuition to full tuition and a $6,000 per year research assistantships are awarded to students committed to promoting the advancement of the American Indian population and tribal affairs.
W.W. Cooper Scholarships
The W.W. Cooper Scholarships are merit-based scholarships established in honor of the school's first dean. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding applicants to the MSPPM program.
Women in Intelligent Transportation Fellowships
The Women in Intelligent Transportation Fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding female student who has, within the standard application for admission, demonstrated an interest and commitment to Intelligent Transportation Systems. This half- tuition to full-tuition scholarship will be awarded each year to an incoming student who is entering the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) or Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) degree programs.
MSPPM (and MISM) applicants interested in this fellowship should choose "Transportation" as their area of interest within the online application. In addition, applicants are encouraged to use the standard essay, optional essay or optional video essay to express their interest. Please see this page for more information.
Heinz College Strategic Partners Scholarships
The Heinz College has partnered with a number of organizations to provide financial support to their members in order to help reduce the cost of attending graduate school. Admitted students who are affiliated with one or more of the partner organizations are eligible for a Strategic Partners Scholarship from Heinz College as a result of that affiliation.
In order to be considered, applicants should indicate their experience/involvement with one or more of the organizations on the Application for Admission. Heinz College typically awards scholarships of either $6,000 or $10,000 per semester to eligible students enrolling on a full-time basis. Students affiliated with our Foundational Partners are eligible to receive $10,000 per semester. Click here for full details of the benefits for each partner's affiliates.
The fellowship is awarded annually to an outstanding student enrolling in the MSPPM degree program who has, within the standard application for admission, demonstrated an interest and commitment to community development in underserved communities. The establishment of this fellowship was intended to support the mission and vision of the PPND. The PPND is a financial intermediary for the community development corporations in the city of Pittsburgh.
The overriding goal of the work of the PPND is to use its resources to transform inner urban neighborhoods into vibrant, cutting-edge mixed-income communities with economic opportunity for all residents. The PPND works to meet the needs of their funded groups/neighborhoods by employing staff with varied backgrounds and experiences. In addition, PPND wants to encourage systemic change in community development by growing new hometown leaders.
The fellow receives a full tuition scholarship for the two-year MSPPM program. In addition, the recipient works as a paid intern (part-time work) with the PPND during the school year. The PPND also provides a full-time internship during the summer in order for the student to satisfy the MSPPM degree's summer internship requirement. See PPND's Web site for more information.
Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship
PPIA Fellows (students who successfully completed any of the PPIA Junior Summer Institutes) and are admitted to the MSPPM program (including the 2-year, 3-semester, Data Analytics, Global and Washington, D.C. tracks) will be awarded a full-tuition (100%) scholarship and an annual stipend of $6,000.
See the PPIA program's web site for more information.
West Point Candidates Scholarships
Eligible students for this scholarship are limited to Active Duty Army Officers who attend graduate school and complete a follow up assignment as an instructor at West Point. Active duty officers admitted to the MSPPM program are provided with a scholarship equal to 55% of the then-current tuition each semester. The remaining expenses (45% of tuition, all fees, textbooks and other required course materials, accommodation, meals, travel and other personal expenses) are the responsibility of the applicable West Point Candidate.
These officers, once approved to be nominated by West Point's academic departments, need to also be approved by their assignment branch at the Army Human Resources Command (AHRC), as part of the Blue Book recruiting process. This scholarship is set up for future USMA instructors only and all assignments are determined by the USMA's academic departments. Any interested candidates should contact:
Assistant Dean for Military Personnel
Office of the Dean of the Academic Board
(845) 938-2695; DSN 688
Regional and National Education Partners Scholarships
Regional Partners Alumni Scholarships
Incoming master's students who have completed their bachelor's degree at a regional education partner of the Heinz College are awarded an REPA scholarship. The Heinz College awards a scholarship of at least $6,000 per semester to eligible students enrolling on a full-time basis. Students who have graduated from these colleges prior to enrolling at Heinz College are eligible for this award (may be awarded as an MSPPM Program Scholarship).
National Education Partners Alumni Scholarships
Incoming master's students who have completed their bachelor's degree at a regional education partner of the Heinz College are awarded an NEPA scholarship. The Heinz College awards a scholarship of at least $6,000 per semester to eligible students enrolling on a full-time basis. Students who have graduated from these universities prior to enrolling at Heinz College are eligible for this award (may be awarded as an MSPPM Program Scholarship).
United States Military Veterans Scholarships/Benefits
U.S. Military Veterans Scholarship
U.S. Military Veterans who are not receiving 100% tuition benefits through the US Department of Veterans Affairs are eligible to receive a scholarship of up to 25% of tuition costs (students can be awarded additional scholarship support above and beyond this particular award by the admissions committee). In order to qualify, students must provide written verification of their Veteran's status with the Application for Admission. The letter must be signed by the student's supervisor (may be awarded a "Program Scholarship").
Other U.S. Military Veterans Benefits
U.S. Military Veterans can learn more about available benefits on our Veterans Education Benefits page.
General Heinz College Scholarship Information
Students who are eligible for more than one scholarship from Heinz College may not be entitled to the minimum award for the second scholarship. Typically, scholarships or scholarship percentages offered by Heinz College are renewable for subsequent semesters of enrollment however; any scholarship or fellowship offered may be reduced or rescinded for any of the following reasons:
* Changing the academic program of study
* A difference in the number of enrolled units originally used to calculate eligibility
* Extending the normal program length
* Deferment of offer of admission
* Failure to make satisfactory academic progress
* Financial aid overaward**
**Total /scholarship/ from all sources generally may not exceed the cost of tuition and fees. Total /financial aid/ from all sources may not exceed the total cost of attendance.