Student Awards

Graduate Assistantship

2018-2019 MPA Program Graduate Assistant

Crystal Soderman is the Graduate Assistant in the Public Administration Department for the 2018-2019 academic year. Crystal Soderman graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in May 2012. After graduating, she worked for a small youth-oriented nonprofit for 3 years before taking a 3-year grant-funded position with the University. Her long-term goal is to use the education she is receiving from the MPA Program to work in the field of environmental sustainability or as a college professor.

Scholarships and Fellowships

2018 Community Health Education Memorial Scholarship Award 

The MPA student, Brenna Root, has been chosen to receive the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards 2018 Community Health Education Scholarship award for her contributions to Public Health in Wisconsin. The award will be presented to Brenna Root at the 2018 Annual Public Health Conference, which theme is “Leading the Evolution of Public Health”, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, May 23. 


2018 Coulee Region Professional Women Scholarship

The MPA student, Jill Grennan, is the Recipient of Coulee Region Professional Women Scholarship. The Mission of Coulee Region Professional Women (CPRW) is to promote the professional, educational, cultural, and social advancement of all women. Members with diverse backgrounds join together to provide opportunities for women to grow personally and professionally through education, leadership training, and networking support. As a previous (2017) scholarship recipient Jill Grennan continues to be a strong representation of what CRPW stands for. Congratulations!


2017 Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship 

The MPA student, Lawrence Rabon, was awarded with the Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship by the American College of Healthcare Executives, July 19, 2017. The scholarship is designated for students enrolled in their final year of healthcare management program. The scholarship is worth $5,000. 


2016 Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship

The MPA student, Ms. Kaye Matucheski, has been selected as one of the 2016 recipients of the Government Finance Officers Association’s Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship. This Scholarship was established by the Association to recognize outstanding performance in graduate public finance programs and to encourage careers in government. The Committee was impressed with Ms. Matucheski’s academic achievements and her course concentration at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The Committee noted that, “Her desire to dedicate her many talents to work in government is to be commended.” The $8,000 Scholarship award will be presented to Ms. Matucheski at the Government Finance Officers Association’s 110th Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 22-25, 2016.


2014 Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship

The MPA student, John Jacobs, was the winner of the Government Finance Officer’s Association (GFOA) 2014 Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship competition. He accepted the $6000 award during the GFOA’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 18-21, 2014. 


2014 Presidential Management Fellowship

John Good, who graduated from the MPA program in the Summer of 2014, was selected as a Finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) (  Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates.  For more than 30 years, the PMF Program has helped Federal agencies meet their succession planning needs by providing the next generation of Great Leaders for Great Government. Out of nearly 7,000 graduate students who applied to the fellowship, only 1,200 were selected as Semi-Finalists.  These Semi-Finalists were then brought out to Washington D.C. in January of 2014 to complete a 5-hour in person assessment.  Out of the 1,200 Semi-Finalists, approximately 600 were chosen as Finalists to the Presidential Management Fellowship Class of 2014.  John Good was notified of his selection as a Finalist in April 2014. Mr. Good has secured a 2-year fellowship with a Federal agency in Green Bay. Congratulations!


2012 and 2013 AAUW Graduate Scholarship for Women

“Sponsored by The Oshkosh Branch, American Association of University Women*, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Graduate Scholarship for Women has been awarded annually to a UW Oshkosh female graduate student since 1966… The recipient receives an $1000 cash award in the fall semester, and a one-year membership in AAUW at the time of her graduation.  The award is not renewable.” Two MPA students have recently won the Scholarship: Nana Coleman and Jennifer Keiser.

 2013 AAUW Recipient: Nana Coleman (L)    

2012 AAUW Recipient: Jennifer Keiser 

  2012-2013 Emerging Leader Scholarship

Awarded to up to 20 members per year, the Emerging Leader Scholarship is intended to recognize and reward 
demonstrated leadership ability and accomplishment, and is issued by the National Society of Leadership and Success. Scholarships are awarded twice per year, with funds ($1,000) distributed directly to the academic institution to apply against tuition and fees.

The MPA student, Nana Adjoa Coleman, was the only UWO student to win the 2012-2013 Emerging Leader Scholarship (see all recent winners here). Congratulations!


Graduate Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Grant

The MPA student, Crystal Soderman (in collaboration with Dr. Samantha Larson) has won the 2019-2020 Summer Research Grant from the UW Oshkosh Office of Student Research and Creative Activity. The Summer Research Grant provides a $3,000 scholarship to the student and up to $550 for supplies and expenses for full-time research (40 hours/week) during the eight-week summer.

Crystal Soderman’s project is titled, “The Impacts of Cultural Penetration on Alternative and Renewable Energy Policy.” This is a brief description of the project: “Despite increasing concerns over climate change and changing cultural values, the United States has been slow in adopting national policies for the use of alternative and renewable energy. This study will examine the relationship between changing American cultural values and their impact on the adoption of alternative and renewable energy policy. When new values successfully penetrate a culture, they have achieved cultural penetration. Previous studies have illustrated that one method of measuring cultural penetration is through the written works of a culture. This study utilizes the Corpus of Historical American English (COHA) and the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) databases to measure cultural penetration. It will test the relationship between cultural penetration and the adoption of alternative and renewable energy laws by analyzing the use of the terms “alternative” and “renewable” energy in written works.” Congratulations, Crystal! 

The MPA student, Cheri Stoffel (in collaboration with Dr. Anna Filipova) has won the 2013-2014 Graduate Student and Faculty Collaborative Research grant. Cheri Stoffel’s graduate thesis project focuses on an assessment of university students binge eating and its impact on work and school productivity. She was awarded with a stipend of $3,000 and $500 for supplies and expenses for the project period. Congratulations, Cheri!


WCMA Scholar Internship Grant

In order to help promote future local government leaders, the Wisconsin City/County Management Association (WCMA) began an Internship Grant Program in 2006. A municipality can apply for up to a $2,000 grant which it must match with local funds. The WCMA Scholar Internship honors exemplary graduate students who aspire to a career in local government management. Read more… 

WCMA Scholar Internship grants have been awarded to the following UWO MPA and PA minor students:

  • The MPA student, Peter Curtin, received a matching grant of $2,000 towards a local government administration internship at the City of Waukesha in 2013.
  • The PA Minor student, Elizabeth Garrow, received a matching grant of $1,000 towards a local government administration internship at the Town of Grand Chute in 2012. 
  • The MPA student, Piersen Bowman, received a matching grant of $2,000 towards a local government administration internship at the City of Omro in 2010.
  • The MPA student, Angela Gorrall, received a matching grant of $2,000 towards a local government administration internship at the Village of Suamico in 2006.


Stephen Hintz MPA Award

The Stephen Hintz MPA Award honors Dr. Hintz’s service and dedication to UW Oshkosh, the Oshkosh community, the State of Wisconsin and his profession. Read more about the award.

The MPA Student, Danielle Block, who is graduating this 2019 spring semester from the online MPA, and the MPA student, Mikko Hilvo, who will graduate from the on-campus program in fall 2019, were awarded with the Stephen Hintz MPA Award at the University Honors and Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 26, 2019. Mikko Hilvo noted about the program: “I am honored to have received the Stephen Hintz MPA award. Thank you!  The MPA program at UW-Oshkosh is an excellent program. It has helped me tremendously in becoming a better department head and a leader for our community.  Through the education you and your staff have provided me I have been able to change our city’s organizational culture, develop a new strategic plan, implement new technology that makes our services more efficient, develop new policies, and learned to utilize various “tools” to help engage our residents in some of our decision making.” Congratulations to both students on well-deserved recognition of their achievements! 

MPA Graduate Student Honors Recognition Award

Graduate Student Honors Recognition Award was created by the Graduate Council about 20 years ago. Its purpose is to allow each graduate program the opportunity to recognize the students who showed outstanding academic achievement, with personal service and ability.

General Graduate Honors Recognition Criteria

  • Graduate programs with 16 or more students graduating each academic year (Summer-Fall-Spring) may award university honors to 20% of the students graduating each year.
  • Graduate programs with 15 or fewer students graduating each academic year (Summer-Fall-Spring) may award university honors up to 25% of the students graduating each year.
  • Students awarded university honors must have a GPA that is within the top 30% of the students in the graduate program.


Master of Public Administration Honors Recognition Criteria

  • Student must be graduating in the current academic year (Summer-Fall-Spring)
  • Student must have demonstrated a sustained academic excellence (GPA in top of 30% of graduating students).
  • Student must have demonstrated commitment to public service throughout the course of his/her studies.



  • Selection will be made by the faculty with outside assistance as deemed appropriate.