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Betsy Ross Howe Stafford Scholarship


Betsy Ross Howe Stafford created this scholarship in 2003 to support women interested in local government administration. Her own experience in government administration impressed upon her the importance of professional education in public administration.

Stafford earned an undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and began her public service career working on housing issues in Nebraska. She returned to North Carolina to serve as the federal area director for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in North Carolina and Louisiana. She retired from federal service in 1983.


All students are eligible for this scholarship based on their academic background and areas of interests upon their admittance into the MPA Program; preference is given to female students.

Award Information

For more information about this award, contact MPA staff member Susan Lynch at


To support the Betsy Ross Howe Stafford Scholarship, visit our giving page.