The School of Public and International Affairs reviews applications for student support from private funding sources two times each academic year. Eligible students are encouraged to apply for funding for internships, scholarships, conference travel, supplies, and general support.
Applications will be accepted each spring in February-March and each fall in September-October.
General Eligibility Requirements:
- All current SPIA students are eligible to apply for funding.
- Applicants must have completed at least one semester as an undergraduate student in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) prior to applying.
- Applicants must be in good standing at the time of submission of this application, as well as during any semester he/she is eligible to receive funding.
- Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree program in the School of Public and International Affairs during any semester for which they are eligible to receive funding.
- Some SPIA funds have specific eligibility requirements including history of overcoming unique challenges, first-generation college students, member of a low-income family, reside in a rural or inner-city location, raised in a single-parent household*
*Submitting an application for financial support guarantees consideration for any general SPIA award for which an applicant qualifies. It is not necessary to apply for specific funds. Please note: SPIA Study Abroad Scholarships, the SPIA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Student Outreach & Recruitment Fund, and the SPIA Student Emergency Fund have separate application processes. See below for more information about how to apply for those awards.
If for any reason award recipients do not participate in the activity for which they receive support, they are required to return the awarded funds to the School of Public & International Affairs.
Acceptance of an award from SPIA could result in a reduction of funds awarded from other sources. Students are responsible for contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid (706-542-6147) to understand how the funds could impact their student account and other financial aid.
Experiential Learning/Internship Funds
SPIA awards are made possible by the generous contributions of alumni and friends of the School.
The funds listed below provide general financial support for undergraduate students in SPIA.
- Hines-Savage Democracy & Public Service Fund
Supports public affairs internships aimed at deepening students’ understanding of democracy, protecting and strengthening democratic institutions, and building bridges across political divides to solve pressing public policy issues. Students must meet at least two of the following criteria: reside in a rural or inner-city location; first-generation college student; member of a low-income family; raised in a single parent household; history of overcoming unique challenges.
- Mesa-Orozco SPIA Emerging Leaders Endowment
Supports student internships in public affairs for recipients who meet at least two of the following criteria: history of overcoming unique challenges; first-generation college student; member of a low-income family; reside in a rural or inner-city location; raised in a single-parent household
- SPIA Alumni in Support of Excellence
Supports study abroad scholarships, educational opportunities, other expenses
- SPIA Experiential Learning Fund
Provides awards, internship stipends, funding for travel, conferences, presentations, equipment, supplies, promotion, other expenses for students who have overcome obstacles (socioeconomic/educational disadvantages or other significant challenges)
Submitting an application for financial support guarantees consideration for any general SPIA award for which an applicant qualifies. It is not necessary to apply for specific funds. Please note: SPIA Study Abroad Scholarships, the SPIA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Student Outreach & Recruitment Fund, and the SPIA Student Emergency Fund have separate application processes. See below for more information about how to apply for those awards.
SPIA Student Emergency Fund
The UGA Student Emergency Fund, managed by Student Care & Outreach, is available to provide limited, one-time financial assistance to enrolled students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of a temporary hardship related to an emergency situation.
SPIA Diversity Equity & Inclusion Student Recruitment and Outreach Fund
The SPIA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Student Recruitment and Outreach fund enhances SPIA’s ability to recruit and support students who exhibit dedication to racial equality through previous experience, initiative, and creativity in improving race relations in the community.
SPIA Study Abroad Scholarships
Study abroad is an important component to the educational mission of the School of Public and International Affairs. In an effort to provide opportunities to students who may not otherwise be able to study abroad, SPIA offers several scholarships for students with demonstrated financial need.
Other Financial Support Services
Student Care & Outreach offers a wide-range of financial support services including food scholarships, a food pantry, assistance with financial aid, and more.