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Graduate Assistantship

2018-2019 MPA Program Graduate Assistant


"...The primary goal of a graduate assistantship is to aid in the prompt and successful completion of student's graduate degree program. Graduate assistantships enable graduate students to enroll full-time in graduate degree programs, so they may complete their degree programs more quickly and participate in the benefits of full-time involvement in study and academically related pursuits at the University..." Read more... 

                                                              Grad 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." Read more...Two MPA students have recently won the Scholarship: Nana Coleman and Jennifer Keiser.

                           Nana C

                                                           2013 AAUW Recipient: Nana Coleman (L)            

                       Jen 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.

                                                                Nana 3

  • 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 Research Grant

  • 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!

                            Cheri Stoffel

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.


                           Award Ceremony 2018        
                          Jennifer Gauthier (M) is the Recipient of the 2018 Stephen Hintz MPA Award
                            Presenting Award
                                               Dr. Filipova presented the award to Jennifer Gauthier
                           Joshua Tegen (M) is the Recipient of the 2017 Stephen Hintz MPA Award
                           Dr. Ford (L) and Dr. Filipova (R) presented the award.
                           MPA Stephen Hintz Awardee
                         Kaye Matucheski (M) is the Recipient of the 2016 Stephen Hintz MPA Award
                           Dr. Nollenberger (L) and the Chancellor Leavitt (R) presented the award.
                                        Joseph Lemire


      2015 Hintz MPA Awardee Joseph Lemire (R) with Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Petra Roter (L)

                           2013 Award 

                              2013 Hintz MPA Award: Matthew Kuether (L) & Kurt Daniel Zempel (R)

  2012 Award             2011 Award

      2012 Hintz MPA Award: Patrick Wetzel                                      2011 Hintz MPA Award: Corinne McFarlane

                                           2009 Award

                                                              2009 Hintz MPA Award: Mary Ann Offer

MPA Graduate Student Honors Recognition Award

  • The Graduate Student Honors Recognition Award was created by the UWO 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. Read more...




  • Sara Baudhuin
  • Robert Schipper
  • Ann Miller-Larson

  • Nicholas Baus
  • Cassandra Lindholm

  • Ruthande Kessa 
  • Matthew Spence 
  • Shawna M. Kuether

  • Kelsey Finke
  • Jessica Hilt
  • Jessica Hake
  • Amanda Dickenson

The National Society of Leadership and Success Service Award

  • The MPA Alumna, Nana Adjoa Coleman, won the Society Service Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success on November 25, 2014. This award is intended to reward exceptional leaders who embody and live by the Society mission of building leaders who make a better world, and who have not only lead by example but have repeatedly proven their dedication to giving back to their communities. Nana's achievements strongly exhibit these qualities and achievements. She was awarded with a check for the sum of $4000.00 and a certificate of accomplishment.  Congratulations!

Outstanding Performance Award

  • The MPA Student, Michael Parks, Technology Manager in the UWO College of Nursing, was honored for his contributions to the College at the annual Opening Day 2013 Ceremony, September 3. He received the University's Outstanding Performance Award that recognizes exemplary members of the classified staff whose activities, accomplishments and service are most deserving of acknowledgement. 
                                                                Michael Parks


"Mike Parks is a dedicated and important member of the administrative support team within the College of Nursing. During his time with the college, Parks has increased the number of podcasts available to students and staff, eased frustration through his in-depth knowledge base and network and set in motion ideas for the Learning Lab and Sim Lab, with the goal of increasing the success rate of students. Parks has also been instrumental in implementing many electronic processes that have helped the College more toward a more paperless and sustainable system. He is known for being a leader who goes above and beyond to complete any task and he is dedicated to professionalism in each project he undertakes. This summer, he taught as part of the PreCollege Enrichment Program, which is aimed at helping young students prepare for college. Beyond his service at the University, Parks has participated in many community fundraising activities including walks to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness, the Oshkosh Community Dragonboat Race & Festival and more. Parks earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational administration. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in public administration from UW Oshkosh."

Student Leadership Awards

  • Nana Coleman won the 2015 Emerging Volunteer of the Year Award at the UW Oshkosh Celebration of Student Leadership, May 4, 2015.
  • Reginald Parson won the 2015 Tom Segnitz Service Award at the UW Oshkosh Celebration of Student Leadership, May 4, 2015.
  • Reginal Parson and Kathryn Scheeler received the honor of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges at the Celebration of Student Leadership and Involvement Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 2, 2016. 

Certificate of Appreciation

  • The MPA student, UWO Chief Joseph LeMire (in the middle), received a Certificate of Appreciation for the 2012 Click It or Ticket Mobilization from the U.S. Department of Transportation and a Certifcate for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Mobilization. Congratulations, Joseph!



Alumni Association Board of Directors Service Award

  • The MPA student, Jeremiah Slinde, received the Alumni Association Board of Directors Service Award on October 12, 2012. He served as one of two students representatives to the current Graduate Council. Congratulations, Jeremiah!                       


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