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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Undergraduate Tuition Scholarships

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Patrick Kelly Award

The Patrick Kelly Award is named in honor of a former North Mankato city councilman who was known for his passion for government service and his strong interest in fiscal responsibility. The award is designed to help students who are interested in local government finance to obtain professional experience through internships, professional conferences, and workshop attendance.

The award is available to students who major in Urban Studies and who are seeking an internship that will provide training in local government finance or who wish to attend a national professional conference or national workshop that focuses on local government finance (e.g., ICMA, GFOA, etc.). Applicants should supply:

  • A letter of intent, which explains what activity the student proposes to pursue and how it relates to the student's coursework and professional development
  • A resume and two letters of recommendation
  • A proposed budget for the activity

Deadline is March 15 for Summer/Fall award and October 15 for Spring award (if funds remain for that year). Size of the award depends on available funds.

Undergraduate Student Travel Awards

In addition, the Department will consider a student's request to provide some support for attending a national or regional professional conference. The amount of support will depend on available funds, and the student will be expected to represent the department at the conference (by making a conference presentation, by assisting conference organizers, by recruiting prospective students, etc.) and to report back to the student organization (SURSI – Students of the Urban & Regional Studies Institute) on what was learned at the conference. Application is by a letter or request to the department, and should include a statement about the relevance of the conference to the student's professional development, the role the student will play at the conference, and a proposed budget. Students will also be expected to request support from the College and (if appropriate) other units of the University.