McSweeney, Sexton Receive Hertz, Badgett Awards

Two graduates were awarded SPP's highest honors at a reception held for SPP's Class of 2017 on Thursday, May 11. 

Anne McSweeney  (MPPA '17) received the Philip Hertz Scholarship Award, given annually to the graduate demonstrating the greatest potential for making outstanding contributions in public policy and management. Stacey Sexton (MPPA/MEd '17) received the M.V. Lee Badgett Social Justice Award, given annually to the graduate whose work is helping to advance anti-discrimination policies or social equality.

The Hertz award was established in 2004 by SBS Advisory Board member George Hertz '69, MPA '73, to honor his father, Philip Hertz, a lifelong public servant. Awardees are selected by a SPP faculty/staff committee based on the graduating student's class performance and commitment to public service, as well as potential for success in a public service career. A full list of awardees since the scholarship's inception is included below. 

The Badgett award was established in 2016 to honor UMass economics professor M.V. Lee Badgett, who served as CPPA/SPP director for nine years and whose work as a publicly engaged scholar has helped to advance the rights of LGBT and other citizens.

SPP Associate Director Satu Zoller presented the awards to McSweeney and Sexton. The text of her presentations follows:

"Anne McSweeney graduated from Wesleyan University in 2008 with honors in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. Following graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked for the Head Start Information and Communications Center, ultimately becoming the lead for communications for the Head Start training and technical assistance system. Anne developed an interest in early childhood programs on the job and returned to school to better understand how policy could be used to support American children and families. Through SPP, Anne was able to design an interdisciplinary course of study and learn from expert faculty in public policy, education and psychology. She is especially grateful for the chance to research state pre-K programs with Dr. Brenda Bushouse and learn from the many scholars associated with the Center for Research on Families. Anne plans to continue working in early childhood policy and advocating for more investment in these vital programs." 

“Stacey Sexton has spent the last three years earning her degrees in Higher Education and Public Policy/Public Administration. Throughout her time at UMass, Stacey has been an active member and avid supporter of GEO, the graduate student union. She tries to put social justice at the forefront of every conversation, from bargaining with the administration for access to gender inclusive restrooms for graduate employees, to researching campus-based supports for student parents. Stacey has also had an assistantship with the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment at UMass during her time here, and will happily talk for too long about survey research methodology if you give her the chance. Long-term, she hopes to continue research and practice that explores the intersections of policy, education, and liberation. When she’s not out in a protest, you can find Stacey at home with her cat and a good book.”

Many congratulations to Anne and Stacey, and best of luck to all of SPP's stellar graduates!

CPPA/SPP Philip Hertz Scholarship Awards


2004 Clem Clay
2005 Julio Dantas
2006 Michelle Sagan
2007 Maura Geary
2008 Laura Pillsbury
2009 Kevin Greer
2010 Anna Tomaskovic-Devey
2011 Christa Drew
2012 Kevin Moforte
2013 Fran Hutchins & Kevin Moforte
2014 Joanna Springer
2015 Andrew Clinton
2016 Salma El Idrissi & Laura Sylvester
2017 Anne McSweeney