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New tuition awards focus on regional, statewide challenges

Great communities are built by great leaders and citizens who are involved. Lipscomb's College of Leadership & Public Services helps prepare its students to engage in civic leadership to make their communities stronger.

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Lipscomb University's College of Leadership & Public Service prepares its students to make a community impact.

Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership & Public Service will give tuition support to students who commit to focusing their academic work on issues identified as priorities by local and state government, business and nonprofit leaders. Awards will be given to students addressing key issues raised in recent metro elections, the 2018 statewide elections and reflected in state polling and policy research.

Ten competitive tuition awards will be offered for the 2019-2020 academic year in the categories of: Transit and Mobility, Affordable Housing, Education Reform, Diversity and Inclusion, Immigration, Criminal Justice, Health and Wellness, Civility and Public Discourse, Voting Rights and Access and Regional Prosperity. The college has increased the number of tuition awards from six to ten in this upcoming academic year.

The regional prosperity category award is only for students from outside Davidson County from one of the counties represented by the Middle Tennessee Regional Mayors Caucus. All other awards have no geographic requirements.

Recipients can apply the award to any of the three master’s programs offered by the College of Leadership & Public Service: leadership and public service, sustainability or conflict management. These programs are designed to accommodate working professionals with classes meeting nights and/or weekends.

These awards will complement the college’s ongoing corporate match and awards programs for graduates of the State of Tennessee leadership programs, graduates of community leadership programs throughout Tennessee and the Southeast, and other qualified applicants.

Students will join a unique learning community. Founded in 2016, Lipscomb’s College of Leadership & Public Service was formed to further the university’s commitment to community engagement and to train and equip students with a collaborative leadership approach to society’s complex challenges. The college is built on four institutes launched over the past 13 years: the Institute for Conflict Management, the Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice & Society, the Institute for Sustainable Practice and the Nelson & Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership. It includes a School of Public Policy and Leadership Tennessee, the premier statewide leadership program for business, government, and nonprofit leaders across the state.  This unique initiative provides collaborative learning, dialogue and issue-specific education for a diverse group of demonstrated leaders committed to affecting change.

Applications are due April 15, 2019. To apply and for more information on requirements for the tuition awards or about the Masters programs please visit or contact:

Master of Arts in Conflict Management: Matt Milligan •
Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Service: Dr. Michelle Steele •
Master of Science in Sustainability: Dr. Emily Stutzman •