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Diversity in Public Service Scholarship and Activities Fund


Thank you to everyone listed below who supported the Carolina MPA Alumni Association Board's campaign to raise $50,000 in support of the Diversity in Public Service Scholarship and Activities Fund. This effort began in October 2018 with the intent of reaching our goal by December 31, 2019.

We are excited to announce that we exceeded our goal!

Based on the generosity of over 200 donors, we raised $51,510. 

The Diversity in Public Service Scholarship and Activities Fund will provide support for Carolina MPA students, faculty, staff, and alumni. By offering financial aid and programming, this fund will prepare its recipients to respond to, engage with, and lead in their diverse workplaces and communities. 


Carol Abken

Erin Eckert

Erin Schwie Langston

Amanda Roylance

Luisa Agathon

Joshua Edwards

Sydney Lawrence

Matthew A. Roylance

J. Russell Allen

Brian Farmer

Jacob Levitas

Safa Sajadi

Lydian Altman

Kaitland Finkle

Alex Lombardi

Susan Sanford

David Ammons

Kevin FitzGerald

W. C. Long

John Schelp

Justin Amos

Brodi Fontenot

Susan Lynch

Richard Self

Elizabeth Anderson

Bernard Foster

Alice Mahood

Susin Seow

Gregory Antoine

Brandon Foster

Brad Mallard

Sarah Shapard

Alex Ashton

Johanna Foster

Sarah Manion

Kathryn Shem

Stephanie Ashton

Anthony Fox

Brian Manning

Scott Sherrill

Susan Austin

Jennifer M. Fox

Melvin McDermott

Charles Shields

Maggie Bailey

Peter Franzese

Mark McDonald

Audrey Shore

Rafael Baptista

Sean Gallagher

Matthew McKirahan

Michael Silver

Alethea Bell

Emily Gangi

Alice McMillan

Cynthia Sommer

Janelle Beverly

Jennifer E. Gates-Foster

Peggy Merriss

Fagan Stackhouse

Allison Binkley

Matthew Gladdek

Flo Miller

Roger Stancil

Eleanor Blake

Daniel Goetz

Barron Monroe

Carl Stenberg

Jerri Bland

Andrea Golden

Seth Morgan

Stephen Straus

Hazen Blodgett

Jonathan Griffin

Christopher Morrill

Cooper Strickland

Kristen Bovid

Kalen Grosskopf

Karson Nelson

Ronda Tatum

Robin Broadnax

Emily Guhde

Marc Nelson

Rebekah Temple

Lew Brown

Michael Halford

Robert Noe

Candace Terrell-Galke

Kevin Bryant

Ruffin Hall

Kenneth Noland

Beverly Thorpe

Gary Cannon

Sarah Hanson

Jenny Noonan

Katie Todd

Eve Cantral

Randy Harrington

Francesca O'Reilly

K.C. Tydgat

Matilde Carbia

Theresa Harrison

James Owen

Margaret Valyou

Kelly Carey

Gwen Harvey

Jonathan Palmer

Peter Varney

Richard Carey

Laura Hawkes

Maggie Parker

Alexander Vazquez

Peg Carlson

Hallee Haygood

David Parrish

Rebecca Veazey

Monica Chaparro

Sarah Hazel

Charlotte Peddicord 

Jack Vogt

Paula Chrin Dibley

Margaret Henderson

Thomas Peddicord

Amy Wade

Catherine Clark

W. Brian Hiatt

Charles Penny

Tonya Walton

Mimi Clemens

Carol Hickey

Martha Perego

Lib Wanner

Lee Clyburn

Anne Hopp

Ebony Perkins

Donna Warner

David Cooke

James Howerton

Marcia Perritt

Najeema Washington

Courtney Cooper-Lewter

Michele Hoyman

Charles Perusse

Malchus Watlington

Phillip Cordeiro

Phyllis Hughes

Corey Petersohn

Carol Weatherly

Andrew Cummings

Sherick Hughes

Eric Peterson

Gordon Whitaker

Jason Damweber

Verla Insko

John Pick

Grant Whitley

Manisha Dass

Willow Jacobson

Sharon Pickard

Elizabeth Williams

Ryan A. Davidson

Laura Jensen

Stephany Pizano

Andy Willis

Larry Davis

Sharon Jessup

Camilla Posthill

Jennifer Willis

Michael Davis

Ellis Johnson

Tedd Povar

R. T. Worley

Leisha DeHart-Davis

Terrance Johnston

Maddison Powers

Lee Worsley

Jenifer Della Valle Baptista

Rebecca Jones

Julian Prosser

Patricia Wright

Catesby Denison

Renisha Jones

David Purvis

David C. Wright

Teresa Derrick-Mills

Nicole Kaufman Dyess

John Quinterno

Lois L. Wright

Sarah Dickson

Amanda Keesee

Stephen Raper

Mark W. Wright

Jaime DiLauro

John King

Jeff Richardson

Susan Baldauf Wright

Matthew Dolge

Richard Kingsberry

Christina Riordan

Matthew Deil Wright

Jim Donnelly

J. K. Kinner

Christina Ritchie

Nolan Wright

Heather Duhart

Mira Kline

Ruth Rivas

Kent Wyatt

Barbara Durr

James Laney

William Rivenbark

Kirsten Wyatt

Robert Easley

Elizabeth Langefeld

Cara Robinson

Kristen S. Young

Tanya Easley

Emily Langston

Dylan Russell


The campaign to raise $50,000


James Howerton graduated from the UNC MPA Program in 1977 and had a distinguished career working with the City of Greensboro, North Carolina for more than 30 years. Currently he is an adjunct professor at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

In 2005, Howerton worked with Carolina MPA to establish the Diversity in Public Service Scholarship Fund to help address the needs of students confronting significant financial challenges. The scholarship recognizes that diversity of race, background, and experience among MPA classmates enriches the academic environment of the program and the personal development of each student.

Recognizing a need to provide greater enrichment and development opportunities related to diversity and inclusion to Carolina MPA students, faculty, staff, and alumni, the program has worked with Howerton to expand what the endowment can fund. Now the Diversity in Public Service Scholarship and Activities Fund, the payout from this endowment not only continues to provide much-needed scholarships to students but also supports a range of activities such as trainings, conferences, and lectures to better prepare Carolina MPA students, faculty, staff, and alumni to appropriately respond to, engage with, and lead in their workplaces and communities.

Carolina MPA Alumni Association Board Fundraising Initiative

Carolina MPA Diversity Formula: Join Me: “You + Me = $333”

In an effort to grow the Diversity in Public Service Scholarship and Activities Fund, the Carolina MPA Alumni Association Board has taken on a challenge to raise $50,000 by December 31, 2019.

Its campaign, UNC MPA Diversity Formula: Join Me: You+Me=$333, represents the association's recognition of the need to broaden efforts around pressing topics related to diversity and inclusion. The concept is simple, people working together can do a great deal more than a person working alone. Put into action, the board is asking supporters of the program to band together - 2 people, 3 people, perhaps an entire cohort - to make a donation of $333 (or more) with a goal of having 150 donations.

To support this campaign, make a gift online and when you do, be sure to tell us who you are partnering with in making the gift on the "What's your inspiration to give?" section of the giving page so we can add your names to the list of supporters below.

And when you do, tell us with whom you are partnering and why you are supporting the fund in the "What's your inspiration to give?" section of the giving page.

“I am excited about Carolina MPA’s efforts to further expand its focus on diversity and this effort to grow the Diversity in Public Service Scholarship and Activities Fund quickly in order to have an immediate impact on current and future students and, in turn, on the work they do as public administration professionals.” 

James Howerton

Alumnus (Class of 1972), creator of the Diversity in Public Service Scholarship Fund


To learn more, download the Factsheet 'Diversity in Public Service'.

  • Supporters of UNC MPA Diversity Initiative Join Me: You + Me = $333

    James M. Howerton '72 + Malta Howerton

    Carolina MPA Alumni Association

    Lib Wanner '83* + Jennifer Fox, current student*

    William C. Rivenbark, MPA Director + Rebecca J. Rivenbark

    David Ammons + Cindy Ammons

    On-campus format class of 2020

    Gordon Whitaker + Robert Hellwig

    Carolina MPA Staff and Communications Team: Allison Binkley + Heather Duhart + Elizabeth Langefeld + Susan Lynch + Cara Robinson + Kristen Smith Young + Amy Wade + Brandon Foster

    MPAatUNC's First Cohort

    Johanna Foster '05* + Matt Foster

    Lee Worsley '97* + Amy Worsley, in honor of Harry Jones '74

    Ruffin Hall '93 + Cynthia Hall

    Audrey Shore '16 + Dylan Russell '17 + Sarah Dickson '18 + Brandon Foster

    Kevin FitzGerald '83*

    Jim Donnelly '93 + Abby Donnelly

    Andy Willis '94* + Jennifer Willis

    The Class of '06, and honoring the University's 225 birthday

    Brodi Fontenot '99

    Martha Perego '79

    From the Class of '97: Susin Seow, Matt and Mandy Roylance, and Susan Austin

    J. Russell Allen '77 + David Cooke '82, in honor of Harry Jones '74

    The Class of '99

    Tonya Walton '05

    James M. Laney '85

    Patricia J. Wright + David C. Wright + Mark W. Wright + Matthew Deil Wright + Lois L. Wright

    Emily Gangi '03 + Greg Gangi, in honor of David and Cindy Ammons 

    Jeff Richardson '88 + Alice McMillan, current student

    Gwen Harvey '74

    Dr. Stephen Straus '75 + Dr. Heather Lee

    Charlotte Peddicord '70 + Thomas Peddicord

    Flo Miller '77

    Fagan Stackhouse '71

    Kevin Bryant '09

    Donna Warner '78

    Margaret Henderson '90 + John Schelp '90

    Gary Cannon '78

    The Class of 2009

    Peter Varney ’70 + Steve Raper ’74 + Charles Penny ’80, representing 80 years of past public service leadership in Rocky Mount

    Lew Brown '68

    Hazen Blodgett '88

    Randy Harrington '88 + Corey Petersohn '16*

    Carol Hickey '06 + Matt Hickey

    Sharon Jessup, Current Student

    Rhonda Tatum '88

    Barbara Durr '87 + Nicholas Deal, BA '19

    Robin Broadmax '93

    Professor John Stephens

    Jerri Bland '93

    Matthew McKirahan '18

    Pat Boswell '80 + Larry Davis '85 + David Parrish '03

    Roger Stancil '77

    Catherine Clark '99

    Scott Sherrill '12 + Ellie Sherrill

    Carolina MPA Alumni Associtaion Contribution Committee*: Lib Wanner '83 + Kevin FitzGerald '83 + Lee Clyburn '89 + Andy Willis '94 +  Lee Worsley '97 + Christina Riordan '04 + Ebony Perkins '13 + Hallee Haygood, current student + Brandon Foster, staff

    Professor Willow Jacobson + Professor Leisha DeHart-Davis + Annonymous


    In honor of Susan Austin and her 13 years of dedication to the Carolina MPA Program: Professor David Ammons, Faculty + Justin Amos '06 + Alex Ashton '04 + Stephanie Ashton '04 + Catherine Clark '99 + Lee Clyburn '89* + Phil Cordeiro '15* + Manisha Dass, Current Student + Donna Warner '78 + Kevin FitzGerald '83* + Brandon Foster, Staff* +Johanna Foster '05* + Jennifer Fox, Current Student* + Sean Gallagher '08 + Jonathan Griffin '16 + Emily Guhde '16 + Hallee Haygood, Current Student* + Brian Hiatt '79 + Flo Miller '77 + Marc Nelson '01 + Francesca O’Reilly '98 + Jonathan Palmer '08 + Maggie Parker '15 + Ebony Perkins '13* + Sharon Pickard, Former Staff + Ted Povar '74 + Christina Riordan '04* + Susan Sanford '15 + Scott Sherrill '12 +  Roger Stancil '77 + Ronda Tatum '88 + Candace Terrell-Galke '95 + Katie Todd '13 + Lib Wanner '83* + Mal Watlington '69 + Andy Willis '94* + Lee Worsley '97*

    The Class of '07

    Megan Wright '07

    Michael Halford '92

    Rebekah Temple '07 + Jack Temple

    Anne Hopp + Anonymous

    Barry Reed '83 + Anonymous

    Barron Monroe '09 + Anonymous

    Erin Schwie Langston '03 + Anonymous

    Cynthia Sommer '77

    Peggy Merriss '82

    Jenny Noonan '95 + Margaret Valyou '97

    Tanya Easley '83 + Robert Easley '83

    Rebecca Veazey '78 + Richard Self '78

    Eric Peterson '88

    Julian Prosser '68

    Ronda Tatum '88

    Rebecca M. Jones

    Carol Weatherly '79


    * Current Carolina MPA Alumni Association Board Member