You are invited to
participate in the 70th Annual Maxwell
School of Citizenship Scholarship
CompetitionSaturday April 25, 2015Syracuse University
Compete for one of 25 four-year renewable
scholarships:One $20,000 four-year scholarship for
distinction ($5,000 per year)One $16,000 four-year scholarship for
excellence ($4,000 per year)One $12,000 four-year scholarship for merit
($3,000 per year)Twenty-two $8,000 four-year scholarships
for achievement ($2,000 per year)
All students admitted to any Syracuse University undergraduate
program, as a freshman, for fall 2015 are invited to participate in SU’s prestigious Maxwell School of Citizenship Scholarship Competition. Offered each year by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as part of its internationally recognized
mission of preparing leaders in government, business, and the nonprofit sector, the competition seeks to reward students with outstanding leadership potential.
The competition provides an opportunity for students who have been admitted to SU to win one of 25 partial scholarships. Participants in the competition are required to submit a memo outlining a policy recommendation and then, if chosen as a finalist, to attend a one-day conference in Syracuse with other finalists to
determine if they win a scholarship.
Past year winners proposed the use of solar panels to save energy in the school system. Another winner proposed that defibrillators be placed in parks throughout her town. In both cases, local governments not only considered these ideas but took steps to implement them. For you to win a scholarship, you don’t
necessarily have to be as successful in changing policies as these two students were, but you have to want to improve government and be willing to pursue ideas to improve your community.
The scholarships are awarded as follows:
One $20,000 four-year scholarship
for distinction ($5,000 per year)
One $16,000 four-year scholarship
for excellence ($4,000 per year)
One $12,000 four-year scholarship
for merit ($3,000 per year)
Twenty-two $8,000 four-year
scholarships for achievement ($2,000 per year)
Each scholarship is renewable each year for a total of four undergraduate years at any college within Syracuse University, subject to normal academic requirements for retaining scholarships.
The competition is run by the Public Affairs Program in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and The College of Arts and Sciences under the direction of Professor Bill Coplin.
Short policy memos must be submitted and postmarked no later than Monday, April 6, 2015, and will then be evaluated by Professor Coplin. Students who submit policy memos that meet the standards of quality will become finalists. Finalists will be announced on this website April 15, 2015. Finalists are
invited to participate in a required one-day conference at SU on Saturday, April 25, 2015 to determine which finalists receive the 25 partial scholarships. Finalists’ combined scores on the written policy memo and evaluations by their peers on April 25th will determine the 25 winners. Attendance at the conference is mandatory in
order to win a scholarship.
You may be reading this before you know whether you will be admitted to SU, but there’s no reason why you can’t start thinking right now about what policy you will propose and begin to undertake some activities to engage your local government or school district. While this will
not only increase your chances of winning a scholarship, it can also make you a better person and a more attractive candidate for admission to any college.
For detailed information on the Maxwell School of Citizenship Scholarship Competition Guidelines for 2015