Diversity in Public Service Scholarship and Activities Fund
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.”
Alumnus (Class of 1972), creator of the Diversity in Public Service Scholarship Fund
To learn more, download the Factsheet 'Diversity in Public Service'.