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Private support gives the Department of Public Policy an edge for excellence, allowing us to reward top scholarly efforts and to competitively recruit students and faculty. Gifts to the Department also help us offer scholarships, graduate assistantships, and a variety of enrichment activities for students.
Gifts to the Department are used for student support and engagement activities. Your gift may support one of the selected scholarships or funds below, or it may create a new fund for current needs or an endowment to support programs into the future. You can make your gift in honor of a faculty member or friend.
For questions about giving to the Department or establishing a new fund, please contact a CLAS development officer.
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Department of Public Policy Fund
Gifts to the Department of Public Policy Fund support student enrichment activities, student travel, faculty stipends, and other departmental needs.
Albert G. Ilg Fellowship in Local Government
The Albert G. Ilg Fellowship in Local Government award is given to an MPA student who demonstrates interest in local government and public sector service. Awards ("Fellowships") will defray living or academic related expenses. The award was established in 1998 to honor the distinguished service of Al Ilg as the Town Manager of Windsor for 32 years.
Prior to his service as Town Manager of Windsor, Connecticut, Al served as the Assistant City Manager of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, after serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy. In 2002, Al’s expertise was called upon to serve as an Interim City Manager of Hartford, and in September 2005, Al was appointed by the Governor to the “State Contracting Reform Standards Board.” Al received a B.A. in Political Science from Bucknell University and a Master’s degree in Government Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. For many years, Al has been a friend of the Department of Public Policy, speaking in our speaker series and connecting students and alumni with job opportunities. He also supports the Albert Ilg Award, presented annually, to a student with outstanding interest in local government.
Tenzer Fellowship Fund
This award is given to an incoming student with undergraduate academic excellence and the potential to succeed in the program. Priority of selection is given to applications received by February 15. The fellowship was established in 1993, the year Professor Morton Tenzer retired from the University of Connecticut. It is intended to be used to assist in recruiting high-quality in-state and out-of-state students.
Professor Tenzer devoted more than 40 years to the development of public administration programming in academia at several nationally recognized universities. For many years, Tenzer headed the University of Connecticut’s Institute of Urban Research while providing consulting services to numerous cities and towns. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in 1953 and his master’s from Yale University in 1954. Having worked for the Institute of Public Administration in New York, Tenzer helped in the development of an AID financed project in Peru and a Ford Foundation-sponsored project in Egypt. Additionally, he served as secretary of the Latin American Development Administration Committee of the Comparative Administration Group of the American Society for Public Administration from 1966-1971. Tenzer also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration in Brussels and a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on International and Comparative Administration of the American Society of Public Administration. Tenzer’s work experience includes consulting for USAID on urban development in the Philippines and for USIS on health administration in Sri Lanka. Throughout the years he has traveled as a visiting professor and instructor to several international universities and has co-authored many articles and reviews in public administration educational training.
David B. Walker Award
The David B. Walker Award was established with a generous donation from Parashar Patel '91 MPA. This award is given annually to recognize a student in the program who exemplifies tireless dedication to public service. Ideally, the awardee would have an interest in Federalism.
This endowment honors David B. Walker, former director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and Director of UConn's MPA program, who passed away in 2013. Dave dedicated his career to mentoring and supporting future leaders to influence government and politics to improve our country. “Dave Walker has had a huge impact on my life. I know he has touched a lot of alumni throughout the decades he served. Dave passed in 2013 and the MPA program celebrated 40 years that year. The timing just seemed right to donate and establish an award in Dave’s name,” commented Parashar. “This endowment, with the continued support of alumni, will ensure the MPA program can carry on Dave’s tradition of recognizing students who demonstrate that relentless dedication he always gave to each of his students.”
Myles Martel Lecture in Leadership and Public Opinion
In 2001, Dr. Myles Martel—one of the world's premier leadership communication advisors, who previously served President Ronald Reagan—established an endowment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut, his alma mater, in support of the Myles Martel Lecture in Leadership and Public Opinion.
This fund supports the Department of Public Policy in UConn's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for a named lectureship that will feature a speaker who is accomplished in the fields of leadership and public opinion. The lecture provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and business and community leaders to better understand the crucial relationship between communication and leadership.
Previous lecture topics supported by the fund include include "Lincoln, Leadership, and Emancipation" and "Leadership for Civic Renewal: Invigorating America's Civic Life," and featured lecturers have been as diverse as former Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell, Margot Morrell, author of Shackleton's Way; and John Morreall, author and internationally recognized expert of the value of humor in business.