Giving Back

BYU Marriott MPA alumni are among the best in the world. We continue to be humbled by the many ways our alumni give back to the program.

Ways to Give Back

To help our alumni determine the best ways they can give back to the MPA program, we have provided some broad categories. Click below to read more about how you can help.

Helping Students

Not only do our alumni donate financially, but they are deeply involved with current students at six critical stages throughout the program:

  • Orientation: Approximately twenty alumni participate on small panels and answer questions from new students. At lunch, the students continue their discussions and interact more intimately with one or two panelists.
  • Information Sessions: Alumni conduct information sessions about their organization and workplace when they have job or internship opportunities become available.  
  • Mentoring: Alumni mentor, network, and collaborate with students through alumni dinners, career trips, conferences, advisory board meetings, and other informal events.
  • Informational Interviews: Alumni meet one-on-one with students via technology or in person to answer questions about their career path, the industry, etc., as students seek to understand their own interests and career goals.
  • Mock Interviews: Alumni conduct mock interviews and give critical feedback to students as they help them prepare to successfully navigate the interview process.
  • Lecture Series: Alumni spend a lunch hour with a small group of students then speak in the lecture series, where they explain their career path followed by a presentation about their current job. The speaker presents a case study and leads a discussion around a real issue or challenge from their workplace. Students are exposed to various jobs in public administration to help them determine their area of interest and make a personal connection with the lecturer.

Refer a Job

If your organization likes the work that you do, chances are that they would like to hire more BYU Marriott MPA students and alumni. We consider the hiring organization to be as important a stakeholder as our students. Creating a win-win outcome is our top priority.

If your organization is looking to hire more MPAs, please email Tanya Harmon. Tanya will work directly with you to determine the best method for getting the word out and finding the best match. Some of the current options include the following:

  • Arranging to have recruiters from your organization work with us.
  • Posting the position on the weekly Friday Forecast to promote to current students.
  • Posting the position on Handshake, BYU’s electronic job board.
  • Hosting someone from your organization to conduct an information session.
  • Connecting the recruiter with selected students recommended by Tanya for consideration.
  • Posting the position to our exclusive LinkedIn group, particularly if the position is more suited to alumni.

During the entire recruiting process, our services and facilities are available as needed to facilitate a stress-free and effective process.

Spread the Word

Our best recruiters are our alumni. Help spread the word. You can recruit students by:

  • Helping with information sessions and recruiting events.
    • Assist with logistics (suggest and/or help find a meeting place).
    • Attend and help answer questions as an alum of the program.
    • Volunteer to host an information session in your area.
  • Helping a prospective student.
    • Answer their questions about the program.
    • Share your path to the program.
    • Describe why you chose the BYU Marriott MPA program.
    • Tell how you are using your MPA degree.
  • Sharing personal stories.
    • Send us a note or testimonial that we can post.
    • Volunteer to be in a short marketing video.

Refer a Student

Do you know someone who would be a good BYU Marriott MPA student and belongs in our program? Please send them our way. If you are writing a letter of recommendation you may want to include the following:

  • Why is this student a good fit for the BYU Marriott MPA program?
  • What public administration and/or leadership experience do they have?
  • What is this student’s unique factor?

If you would like to refer someone, please contact Heather Chewning or  Catherine Cooper.


A BYU Marriott MPA degree offers a learning environment that cultivates the mind, heart, and soul in preparation for a lifetime of service. Stewart Grow, first director of the MPA program, coined the phrase that greets visitors at the entrance to BYU: “Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve.” The program’s mission is to prepare leaders of exceptional capability and integrity who are committed to serving their communities and making public service organization better.

There are multiple giving opportunities that allow the MPA program to attract, develop, and place students who are committed to BYU and the Romney Institute’s unique mission. They are explained below. By clicking here, you can donate to one of these priorities:

MPA Class Scholarship—A scholarship fund for students in the BYU Marriott MPA program.

Romney Endowment Scholarship—This endowed scholarship is specifically for students pursuing nonprofit management.

LDS City Managers Endowed Scholarship—This endowed scholarship is specifically for students pursuing a career in local government.

Doyle Buckwalter Internship Scholarship—This endowed scholarship is specifically for assisting students on unpaid internships and to honor a couple of outstanding student interns.

William Hansen EMPA Scholarship—This endowed scholarship is specifically for students in the EMPA program.

Gail S. Halvorsen MPA Endowed Scholarship—This endowed scholarship provides support for MPA or EMPA students who are first responders or come from a first responder household.

MPA Student Support Fund—This fund is used to provide student financial support, including scholarships, grants, fellowships, awards, student wages, inspiring learning and experiential learning opportunities, mentored-learning experiences, assistantships, student research, internships, study abroad, work-study, travel, and participation in competitions.

All the Best Parts

Alyssa Clark
Alyssa Clark (MPA ’20)

Just before she began applying to graduate programs, Alyssa Clark sent off a “fan girl” email to BYU Marriott professor Eva Witesman after hearing Witesman speak in a BYU campus devotional. Months later, Alyssa was headed to an interview for a graduate position in another state when Professor Witesman emailed her back.

“She said, ‘When you come back, let’s visit,’” Alyssa remembers. “And when I did, she offered me a place in the program on the spot.”

In the BYU Marriott MPA program, Alyssa worked on projects aimed at helping the homeless in Salt Lake City. Then she and a classmate founded Creating the Virtuous Organization with Professor Witesman, a think tank and consultancy for helping companies develop better corporate social responsibility practices. She also represented BYU Marriott at an intercollegiate competition that involved simulating policy in a European country during a refugee crisis—and her team won! After that experience, Alyssa did a study abroad in Europe and had a chance to see the real-world refugee circumstances up close.

“I’ve been so grateful for the opportunities the MPA program has given me,” she says. “All of the best parts of my experience have been donor funded.”

Update Your Info

To update your personal information, click here or call the BYU Alumni office at 1-800-437-4663.

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