Suffolk U. to Establish Menino Scholarship


BOSTON, MA - Suffolk University will establish a scholarship for City of Boston employees with leadership potential at a celebration for the 30th anniversary of the University's Master's in Public Administration (MPA) program on Tuesday, May 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Parkman House, located on 33 Beacon Street.

The Thomas M. Menino Scholarship will be awarded annually to an academically qualified city employee who has demonstrated the potential for advancement and leadership in city government. The scholarship will cover tuition for Suffolk's MPA program.

“While I am honored to have this scholarship named after me, I am even more excited that the City of Boston employees will have this phenomenal opportunity,” Mayor Menino said. “No one goes into government to get rich, so it's extremely gracious of Suffolk University to make this scholarship possible. Our city will be a better place for it.”

The event, to be co-hosted by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Suffolk University President David J. Sargent, marks the 30th anniversary of the MPA program, which is one of the most popular graduate degrees at Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management.

“It is most fitting that this scholarship, focused on future city leaders, be named for Mayor Menino, who has been a good friend to Suffolk University and an able leader for all Bostonians,” said David Sargent. “Suffolk University has a legacy of civic commitment, and I truly believe that over the past thirty years, graduates of its Master's of Public Administration program have improved lives as they have influenced public policy.”

The Center for Public Management was established to offer educational and professional development programs to state, federal and municipal government employees and to conduct public policy research. The Master's in Public Administration program was established in 1973.

The Public Management Department now offers specialized MPA degrees in State and Local Government; Nonprofit Management; Health Administration and new this year, an MPA in Community Leadership and Public Engagement.

The Public Management Department also offers several joint degrees with the University's College of Arts and Sciences and Suffolk University Law School.

Meanwhile, the Center for Public Management focuses its efforts on research and community services, while offering a variety of individually tailored certificate programs for public service managers.

The Center works closely with the Boston Public Health Commission's AIDS bureau, measuring outcomes for Ryan White Title I services, aimed at increasing the availability of primary health care and support services to improve the quality of life of those affected with HIV/AIDS.

Other activities include the Shriver Center's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities program.

Earlier this year, the Center entered into a partnership with the US Office of Personnel Management's Eastern Management Development Center to provide seminars and training in public policy and management development to federal, state and local government employees in the New England region.

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,500 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management.

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