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University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs

City Year is proud to partner with the University of Colorado Denver's School of Public Affairs, a leading graduate school preparing the next generation of leaders in public service and criminal justice professions, offering up to 25% off of full tuition toward the accelerated Master of Public Administration.

The University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs offers City Year AmeriCorps members, alums and staff

25% scholarships

25% off of tuition will be awarded annually to up to two City Year recipients for the accelerated Master of Public Administration program.

Scholarship recipients must remain in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or higher) to continue to receive the scholarship in the following semester. If recipients do not complete the accelerated master’s in public administration program in the first 11 months with the cohort, the School of Public Affairs will discontinue the scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded City Year AmeriCorps members or alums who complete at least one term of service or City Year staff employed for at least two years.

Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based awards depending on the strength of their application.

Additional benefits

  • Application fee waiver
  • Enrollment deferral: a one-year deferral for admitted students who decide to serve additional time with City Year before starting their program. A student who elects to defer enrollment will have to reapply for the Give-a-Year Scholarship and is not guaranteed a scholarship.

Why City Year loves the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs

The School of Public Affairs prepares the next generation of leaders in public service and criminal justice professions to solve society’s most pressing problems. Working together, faculty, staff and students also conduct research that improves the quality of life and informs policymaking and management in the public and nonprofit sectors. The accelerated master’s in public administration is a fast-paced, full-time program that brings academically superior students together with a dedicated research and teaching faculty in the midst of the vibrant downtown Denver environment.

To apply

Visit the School of Public Affairs’ admissions website to apply online.

To identify your City Year affiliation

Please contact the admissions office at (303) 315-2228 or and state that you served with City Year and reference our partnership.

To access the application fee waiver and apply for the scholarship

To get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing with “CU Denver School of Public Affairs” in the subject line. Within the email, include your service site and your AmeriCorps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to the admissions office and added to your applicant file.

To contact the admissions office

Please contact Andrew Loso, recruitment and admissions senior professional, at (303) 315-2560 or with any questions.

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps members, alums and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.

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