Student Services

Scholarships & Financial Support


In addition to the financial aid services offered by CSU's Office of Student Financial Assistance, the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs provides the following forms of financial support:

Scholarships and Fellowships

All students accepted into the Levin College may apply for Levin College scholarships. Scholarships are awarded for the fall semester, and applications are accepted each year during the preceding spring semester. The application period for fall 2014 scholarships is now closed.

Questions may be directed to Lisa Pastor, Director of Donor Relations, at (216) 523-7517 or l.d.pastor@csuohio.edu.

For Undergraduate Students:

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Mary Brainard Trust Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to a Brooklyn High School graduate who is or will be attending the MGLCUA at CSU in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Thomas Campbell Endowed Scholarship
For a full-time junior or senior majoring in Urban Studies, with a demonstrated financial need, in the top one-quarter of the class, with a GPA of 3.0 or better and who is a resident of the seven-county greater Cleveland area.

Campbell-Steinbacher Endowed Fellowship
Eligible students will be rising seniors or seniors in one of the Levin College undergraduate programs. The fellowship will be awarded to full-time students only and will provide full-time tuition and fees and a stipend. The fellow will be engaged in research for 20 hours per week with a faculty member of the department. There is a required supplemental application for this fellowship.

Mercedes Cotner Endowed Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded each year to either a student from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District who is a declared major of the Levin College of Urban Affairs or a Levin College of Urban Affairs Graduate Student. Undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. 

John M. and Ruth Jean Coyne Endowed Scholarship for Public Service
For undergraduate students in the Levin College with an interest in a public service career and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to students from Brooklyn, Ohio who meet all other criteria.

Robert E. Hagan and Ada Hagan Public Service Scholarship
Awarded through the Cleveland Foundation, for part-time or full-time students to further their education toward a public service career. Award is based on evidence of commitment to public service, community activities, financial need and a minimum GPA of 2.5. This scholarship requires the completion of a Cleveland Foundation application. If interested, please visit http://www.clevelandfoundation.org/scholarship/robert-e-and-ada-hagan-public-service-scholarship/ for information.

Roberta Steinbacher Endowed Scholarship
For juniors or seniors in one of the Levin College undergraduate programs with demonstrated financial need and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better.

Roberta Steinbacher/Mareyjoyce Green Endowed Scholarship
For students in one of the Levin College undergraduate programs with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

David and Pat Sweet Scholarship in Public Service and Civic Education - for students pursuing a degree in Urban Studies who have demonstrated an interest in public service and civic education.

Cuyahoga County Mayor's Secretaries Association Scholarship
For juniors or seniors enrolled in one of the majors in the department of Urban Studies with an interest in municipal government. Recipient must rank in the top quarter of the class.

Levin College Alumni Organization Endowed Scholarship
For a junior or senior in one of the Levin College undergraduate programs with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

UpDowntown, Inc. Scholarship
For juniors or seniors majoring in Urban Studies with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better who is a resident of greater Cleveland with demonstrated financial need. Award may be applied to tuition only.

For Graduate Students:

BP America Inc. Endowed Fellowship
For a Levin College MSUS or MPA student interested in the revitalization of urban neighborhoods with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need from the seven-county greater Cleveland area. Award may be applied to tuition only.

Mary Brainard Trust Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to a Brooklyn High School graduate who is or will be attending the MGLCUA at CSU in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree.

John M. and Ruth Jean Coyne Endowed Scholarship for Public Service
For graduate students in their final year of the MPA program, who have an interest in a public service career, and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Preference will be given to students from Brooklyn, Ohio who meet all other criteria.

Dively Fellowship
For Levin College graduate students with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better. Award based on demonstrated financial need with preference for students from the seven-county greater Cleveland area. Award may be applied to tuition only.

GAR Endowed Scholarship
For Levin College Ph.D. students exhibiting financial need.

Robert E. Hagan and Ada Hagan Public Service Scholarship
Awarded through the Cleveland Foundation, for part-time or full-time students to further their education toward a public service career. Award is based on evidence of commitment to public service, community activities, financial need and a minimum GPA of 2.5. This scholarship requires the completion of a Cleveland Foundation application. If interested, please visit http://www.clevelandfoundation.org/scholarship/robert-e-and-ada-hagan-public-service-scholarship/ for information.

Joseph S. Kreinberg Scholarship
For Levin College graduate students in their final year in the MPA program and with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Norman Krumholz Scholarship
Given to a Levin College graduate planning student who demonstrates an interest in equity planning, and/or neighborhood planning.

Mercedes Cotner Endowed Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded each year to either a student from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District who is a declared major of the Levin College of Urban Affairs or a Levin College of Urban Affairs Graduate Student. Graduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Fellowship
For a Levin College MUPDD or MSUS student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and with an interest in revitalizing the City of Cleveland. Preference given to students from the seven-county greater Cleveland area.

MPA Scholarship
For Levin College MPA students with demonstrated financial need. Award may be applied to tuition only.

Catherine A. & David P. O'Neill Hope Scholarship Endowment
For graduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to a need-based student who is affiliated with the Urban Community School, St. Malachi's Church, or a resident of the City of Cleveland.

Roby and Donna Simons Family Scholarship Fund
Scholarship or Fellowship assistance for graduate students in the Levin College. Preference will be given to students in the MUPDD program with an interest in Real Estate; students with demonstrated financial need, and/or current or previous residents of Beachwood, Ohio.

Dominic Tomaro Scholarship
For Levin College MPA students interested in Public Works Management. Preference given to students working in, or aspiring to work in, local government or public works.

Endowed Internship Funds

Undergraduate Neighborhood Development Internship
Funded in part by the Dively Neighborhood Development Internship Endowment and the Harry Fagan Social Action Internship Endowment, provides a Levin College undergraduate with a paid internship at a community-based nonprofit organization or faith-based nonprofit. Interns work 15 hours a week for one semester. For more information about this internship contact Phil Star: (216) 687-2241or p.star@csuohio.edu.

Student Awards and Prizes

Levin College honors its outstanding students with the following awards and prizes:

Howard I. Bruce Award
Presented annually to that student enrolled in the Master's degree program at Levin College who most closely epitomizes the qualities of excellence, industriousness and personal integrity that characterized Howard I. Bruce.

George S. Dively Prize
Presented annually to a student who exhibits high academic achievement and outstanding performance as a neighborhood intern.

Jerome S. Karaffa Prize
Presented annually to a non-traditional aged Levin College undergraduate student who has demonstrated a keen interest in, and commitment to urban preservation and who has achieved high academic ranking.

Russell Kashian and Susan Oneson Award
For doctoral students who successfully author or co-author an article that is accepted for publication or is published in a peer-reviewed journal.

John C. Little Award
Presented annually to a graduating senior of Levin College who most closely epitomizes the qualities of excellence, intellectual curiosity, and personal integrity that characterized John C. Little.

Sylvester Murray Award
Presented annually to a graduate student of Levin College's Master of Public Administration program who has excelled academically and who exhibits outstanding potential for future success.

Wallace G. Teare Prize
Presented annually to a graduating Levin College undergraduate or graduate student who exemplifies the professional ideals of Mr. Teare, a life-long advocate for quality housing for low-income and elderly people.

Larry D. Terry PhD Award
Presented to a Levin College doctoral graduate who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and scholarship.

For more information about awards and prizes please contact your academic program director.

Graduate Assistantships and Paid Internships

For further information on Graduate Assistantships, see graduate assistantships, or contact Dave Arrighi: urbanprograms@csuohio.edu. For information on paid internships see internships, or contact Linda Pfaff: l.pfaff@csuohio.edu