Seven City Employees Enrolled in Master of Public Administration Program Each Awarded $4,000 Scholarships

June 25, 2014

City Scholarship Winners

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Seven City of Corpus Christi employees, who recently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, were each awarded with $4,000 scholarships from both the City of Corpus Christi and the University during a city council meeting held Tuesday, June 17.

The seven city employees who received scholarships are:

  • Sarah Arroyo, City Auditor's Office
  • Marie Cruz, Human Resources
  • Jennifer Ramirez, Capital Programs
  • Michelle Fitch, Human Resources
  • Captain Jason Brady, Police Department
  • Carl Gross, Airport
  • Kristina Leal, Mayor's Office     

Dr. Melissa Jarrell, Master of Public Administration Coordinator, and Dr. Dan Jorgensen, Department of Social Sciences Chair, were present at the meeting to assist in drawing three names out of the seven city employees to receive scholarships as part of the Student Success Scholarship program.  

“After hearing that all seven candidates were so well qualified, neither City Manager Ron Olson nor the members of the city’s Educational Assistance Advisory Board could make a choice,” said Jorgensen, Department of Social Sciences Chair. “Thanks to some quick work by several individuals at the University, a way was found to fund all seven finalists.

The seven finalists were all pleasantly surprised and cheers and applause came from Mayor Nelda Martinez, City Council Members, and others in attendance.” 

The special scholarship program between the city and the MPA program includes $2,000 from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Student Success Scholarship program and an additional $2,000 matching amount from the city's Education Assistance Fund for the 2014-2015 academic year. To qualify for the scholarships, students had to have a 3.0 GPA, be an employee of the city, and enroll in at least six credit hours during the fall and spring semesters in the MPA program.

The employees will also receive a 100-percent scholarship for 12 of the 36 credit hours required in the MPA program at the University. 

Jorgensen would like to give special thanks to: Ron Olson, City of Corpus Christi, City Manager; Liza Wisner, City of Corpus Christi, Learning and Organizational Development Manager; Patricia Cano, Director, Scholarship Office & Foundation Liaison at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; and Dr. Melissa Jarrell, MPA Coordinator.