Jacques Avent Scholarship through the National Forum for Black Public Administrators - Central Arizona Chapter

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators Central Arizona Chapter (NFBPA-CAC) is committed to strengthening the positions of blacks within the field of public administration; increasing the number of blacks appointed to executive positions in public service organizations; and grooming and preparing younger, aspiring administrators for senior level management posts.

The NFBPA-CAC established the Jacques Avent Scholarship Fund for future Black public administrators in honor of Jacques Avent, one of the NFBPA’s original founders. He was the first African ­American to hold a senior executive position, serving as executive assistant to the City Council and Deputy City Manager with the City of Phoenix, Arizona. Through his trailblazing efforts, he was instrumental in promoting and increasing the number of African Americans in executive and middle management positions throughout the city. More importantly, Jacques served as a mentor and confidant to many NFBPA-CAC members and other city employees.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • African-American descent.
  • Attending a university in Arizona.
  • Undergraduate student (with at least 48 credit hours completed) OR a Graduate student (with at least 6 credits completed)
  • GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Enrolled in one of these degree programs: Public Administration, Public Affairs, Public Policy, Political Science, and Urban and Metropolitan Studies.
  • Committed to pursuing a career in Public Administration. Applicants will be asked to explain this commitment in a supplemental essay question.

Note: Recipients of the award will be required to attend CAC chapter events, including the Marks of Excellence Dinner in the fall (date to be determined).

Supplemental Questions
  1. In 500 words address the following:
    Expand upon your educational and career goals and civic/community involvement, if necessary, and address your views about the challenges facing Blacks in the field of Public Administration and how you plan to help strengthen their role in Public Administration.
  2. The National Forum for Black Public Administrators Central Arizona Chapter (NFBPA-CAC) collects the contact information for all applicants interested in this funding. By submitting your responses to these supplemental questions, you are agreeing to have your contact information sent to the NFBPA-CAC. Your information will not be sold or shared with other parties, and only be used to provide you with information on mentorship, networking and involvement opportunities.

    I agree to have my contact information shared with the NFBPA-CAC.