Funds that support the College of Public Affairs and Administration

Capitol Building in Springfield
Above: Proximity to the centers of state government bring many students to UIS’ College of Public Affairs and Administration.

Make a difference for Public Affairs students at UIS

Thank you for your interest in providing support for the College of Public Affairs and Administration. We are so proud of this college at UIS!
The College of Public Affairs and Administration has many funds and scholarships targeted to specific departments that you can give to, but if you would like to support the College as a whole, you can give as much or as little as you would like to one of the following funds either online or by mail.

General Funds

College of Public Affairs and Administration Fund

This fund provides money for special opportunities within the College or for extraordinary needs. Here are just a few examples:

  • Faculty and students can travel to a conference to present their research.
  • Faculty can take part in a special opportunity to update their skills. Professors need to be aware of the latest developments in their field, so that they can pass this knowledge on to their students.
  • The department can purchase special equipment, test materials, resources, or training modules to help our students attain success and achieve their goals.

These activities and others like them enrich our students immeasurably, enhancing the education they receive at UIS—but we could not do any of them without the discretionary money given to this fund.

Community Garden Fund

This fund provides support for the UIS Community Garden in the department of Environmantal Studies in the college of Public Affairs and Administration at UIS. 

GIS Lab Fund

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides a whole new way to explore the world we live in. Using GIS, students have ability to access, acquire, analyze, and display information in the forms of Maps, 3 Dimension Simulation, Tables, and Figures. GIS allows students to:

  • find spatial data
  • analyze data using geospatial methods
  • map information
  • share maps on the internet

When you give to the GIS Lab Fund, you are helping students develop skills that are in high demand across a broad range of professions, in government, business and nonprofit organizations worldwide.

Chris Z. Mooney Grants for Comparative American State Politics and Policy Research

This endowed fund provides travel, supply, and research grants for CPAA faculty and graduate students studying comparative American state politics and policy. The American Political Science Association created the fund after the Association took over the State Politics and Policy Journal in appreciation of Professor Chris Mooney, who founded the Journal. It is Dr. Mooney’s wish that the fund help support research in this field. Donors may add to the endowment with gifts of any size, extending the benefit faculty and staff receive from the fund.

Scholarship Funds

College of Public Affairs and Administration Scholarship Fund

This fund is currently collecting money. Once it reaches a threshold level, it will be given as scholarships to students in CPAA.

Barbara Ferrara Public Service Scholarship Fund

The Barbara Ferrara Public Service Scholarship Fund supports undergraduate scholarships for students preparing for careers in public service. Preference shall be given to students majoring in Public Administration, but students majoring in political science, public policy, public health, environmental studies, legal studies or related fields may also be considered. Recipients shall have demonstrated academic merit, with a grade point average of a B or better, and have aspirations for a career in public service.

Floyd Scholarship for Public Administration

The Floyd Scholarship is based on academic merit and is awarded to an upper-division undergraduate student studying American public administration in the Department of Public Administration.

Saul J. Morse and Anne B. Morgan Endowed Scholarship Fund

Saul Morse and Anne Morgan have been involved in UIS and the Springfield community for many years. Saul is an attorney with the law firm of Brown, Hay & Stephens LLP and has practiced law in government agencies, private practice, and corporate law departments here for over 30 years. He has taught at UIS in the Legal Studies Department as adjunct faculty for many years and is also an adjunct faculty member at SIU School of Medicine. Saul has served as a member of the state Human Rights Commission, Comprehensive Health Insurance Board, and as Chair of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission. At UIS he is a member of the Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board and chairs the Advisory Board to the Office of Disability Services. He also serves on the board of several community organizations.
Anne is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Memorial Medical Center where she founded the Health Psychology Department. Anne has served as a member of the state Psychology Licensing Board and as a member and past chair of Sojourn Shelter and Service and the Springfield Public Schools Foundation. Anne taught at UIS when it was Sangamon State University as adjunct faculty in the Psychology Department and has been a member of the search committee at UIS participating in selecting the Director of Sangamon Auditorium.
Their scholarship is for a student in the College of Public Affairs and Administration.

Dennis Ruez Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund provides scholarships to students in good standing in the Department of Environmental Studies in the College of Public Affairs and Administration at UIS.

Maurice W. Scott Scholarship in Public Affairs Fund

Maurice W. Scott was a distinguished Springfield lawyer, who began his legal career working for the Taxpayers Federation and drafting tax legislation for members of the Illinois General Assembly. He also wrote guidebooks on county law. In 1969, Mr. Scott was elected to the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention. The Maurice W. Scott Scholarship in Public Affairs is awarded to an outstanding community college transfer student seeking a degree in public affairs.

Thomas A. Shearer Scholarship in Environmental Studies

Thomas Shearer, who graduated from UIS in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environment and People, has established a new scholarship for students who are minoring in Environmental Studies. Currently, Environmental Studies at UIS is a graduate program, but Mr. Shearer has a great concern for students who are working toward their bachelor’s. Because of that, he has specified that his scholarship will be given to an undergraduate student preferably majoring in a degree from the College of Public Affairs and Administration, who is minoring in environmental studies. The student can be either a fulltime or a part-time student. You can add to this new scholarship by using the donate button above this paragraph.

Donald Donner Springer Education Fund

The Springer Education Fund was established in memory of Springfield businessman Donald Donner Springer. Three awards will be made in 2020: 1. A student in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program; 2. A student in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program; and 3. An undergraduate student studying education(this education undergraduate scholarship is need-based).

Other Options

Not interested in any of the funds above? Then you can create your own scholarship fund that targets the students you specify in the College of Public Affairs and Administration. As the principle donor of this new scholarship, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.


We welcome your inquiries. Please feel free to contact us.