The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Support the School of Public Policy

At the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, students are prepared to solve problems for the common good and become leaders in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors, through a curriculum that balances academic theory with professional skills development and practical experience.

Your gift to the School of Public Policy helps create opportunities for students inside and outside the classroom, through financial aid, internship support, grants to attend professional and academic conferences, professional development opportunities including trips to Washington, DC, and Boston, and more.

Shantel Palacio

“Every time I walk into a public school, I’m reminded that I took this job to support schools in low-income communities like the one I grew up in.”

Shantel Palacio

Administrative Education Officer with the NYC Department of Education

Master of Public Policy and Administration 2011

Special Funds

You may choose to make an unrestricted donation to SPP. Or you may earmark your gift to one of these special funds:

  • The George T. Sulzner Endowment Fund supports outstanding graduate students pursuing summer internships at organizations where funding is not available.
  • The Philip Hertz Scholarship Endowment Fund provides a merit-based award to talented graduate students with demonstrated financial need and the potential to make outstanding contributions in public policy and management.
  • The SPP​ Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in 2013 through individual donations to endow scholarships for SPP graduate students.
  • The M.V. Lee Badgett Award for Social Justice was established to honor Badgett’s achievements and service as director of SPP for eight years. The award recognizes a graduate whose work helps to advance anti-discrimination policies or social causes.

Payment Options

UMass Amherst School of Public Policy
Attn: Alasdair Roberts, Director
Thompson Hall
200 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003

Checks should be made payable to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Please note in the memo line whether to direct your gift to a specific SPP fund or to “School of Public Policy” for general, unrestricted donations.