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Robert J. Baer Endowed Fellowship in Public Policy Administration

Recipients of the Robert J. Baer Endowed Fellowship in Public Policy Administration

We're very proud of each of our Robert J. Baer Endowed Fellowship in Public Policy Administration scholarship recipients. Students who apply for the scholarship must have at least a 3.3 GPA, and had to have completed at least 18 credit hours in the MPPA program. Applicants submit a 250-word essay, and two letters of recommendation from MPPA faculty. 


MPPA and PPE student Paul Hess received the Baer scholarship in Spring 2018. “I appreciate being given this award because I am inspired by Mr. Baer's service to the St. Louis region,” Hess said. “That my mentors at the MPPA program consider me worthy of this award is even more satisfying.  This award allows me to continue pushing myself in this great program. I hope to live up to the award's namesake throughout my own career.”


MPPA student Ramona Marshall also received the Baer fellowship in Spring 2018. "I am deeply honored to receive the fellowship and extremely grateful to the teachers who believed my hard work and dedication to my studies merited recognition,” she said. “This fellowship will not only provide financial support but also help me pursue a rewarding career in public service.”

Stephanie CoStephanie Co received the Baer scholarship in Spring 2017. “I am incredibly honored to receive the Baer scholarship,” Co said. “I feel supported by the Public Policy program and receiving the scholarship further affirms the program's commitment towards its students. Deciding to pursue an MPPA degree was a big decision for me, and this scholarship reminds me that I made the right decision.”


Patrick MulcahyPatrick Mulcahy received the scholarship in Spring 2017. “I am truly honored to be chosen as a recipient for the Robert J. Baer Endowed Fellowship in Public Policy,” Mulcahy said. “It means a lot to me that my professors thought highly of my hard work in the program and chose me for this award."


Casey WhalenCasey Whalen was the recipeint of the fellowship for the Fall 2016 semester. “I am incredibly honored to receive the Bob Baer Scholarship, Whalen said. “I greatly admire our program graduates who are working to improve the quality of life for all Missourians and I am grateful to those who value public service education enough to help fund our academic pursuits.”


Shannon Streif Shannon Streif was the recipient of the Robert J. Baer Endowed Fellowship in Public Policy Administration for the Spring 2016 semester. “It means a lot to me that my mentors in the MPPA program felt strongly enough about my performance to take the time to recommend me as a student that exemplifies the principles of excellence in public service,” Streif said.


Paul SpeckhalsPaul Speckhals was the recipient of the Robert J. Baer Endowed Fellowship in Public Policy Administration for the Fall 2015 semester. Speckhals said the scholarship will help in many ways. “This scholarship has afforded me the opportunity to continue to learn, grow and develop into a future leader in the public sector,” he said.


Frank Johnson Frank Johnson was awarded the Robert J. Baer Endowed Fellowship in Public Policy Administration for the Spring 2015 semester. Johnson, who has an emphasis in Local Government Management, appreciated being chosen. 

"I am very honored by the selection and appreciative of the support it will provide me," Johnson said. "I will continue to do my best to meet the high standards embodied by the Baer Fellowship.”


Dean ObermarkThe fellowship's first recipient was Dean Obermark, who received the fellowship in Fall 2014. Obermark's emphasis is in Policy Research and Analysis. 

“I am deeply honored to receive the inaugural Baer Fellowship,” Obermark said shortly after receiving the award. “I’ve devoted a considerable amount of energy to producing good work throughout my time in the MPPA program, and to have my efforts formally recognized is very encouraging.”