Award Program Guidelines

The Keystone State Chapter Annual Awards Program focuses on the achievements of our ASPA chapter members and public administration students. 

Each year, recipients may be selected for one or more of the six award categories. Multiple recipients may be selected for each award category.  The option for multiple recipients provides the opportunity for the chapter to highlight the good work of members and students from the variety of organizations and locations served by our statewide ASPA chapter.  The Innovative Public Service Partnership Award was created in 2020 to celebrate the community engagement work underway by ASPA members at Pennsylvania universities, government, nonprofit, and health administration organizations.  Any chapter member may submit a Chapter Award Nomination Form. Keystone State Chapter awards categories and criteria were adopted by vote of members at a 2/20/2020 business meeting and were confirmed at a 12/10/2020 business meeting. 

KEYSTONE STATE CHAPTER AWARD CATEGORIES

Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award Innovative Public Service Partnership Award  
Chapter Leadership Award Outstanding Student Award  
Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award Student Paper Award  

KEYSTONE STATE CHAPTER AWARDS CRITERIA

Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award 

1.   Must be a Keystone State Chapter member with at least 25 years of public service experience in a government agency (local, state, or federal), a nonprofit organization, an institute of higher education or a health administration entity in Pennsylvania.

2.   Demonstrated conspicuous leadership and achievement throughout their career in public administration. 

3.   Made a significant contribution to advancing the mission and vision of ASPA through state chapter membership.

Chapter Annual Leadership Award 

1.   Must be an active member of the Keystone State Chapter.

2.   Demonstrated leadership of an activity or project that advanced the mission and vision of ASPA by improving or expanding state chapter operations.   

Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award  

1.   Must be a graduate student at an institute of higher education in Pennsylvania who is currently employed full time in a government agency (local, state, or federal), a nonprofit organization, an institute of higher education or a health administration entity.

2.   Demonstrates a commitment to scholarship and public service that promotes the achievement of innovative solutions to the challenges of governance in the public administration profession. 

3.   This individual is NOT required to be an ASPA member. 

Innovative Public Service Partnership Award 

1.   For organizations that create an innovative partnership program to improve public services provided to residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

2.   At least one of the partnership organizations must be a government agency (local, state, or federal), a nonprofit organization, an institute of higher education or a health administration entity in Pennsylvania.

Outstanding Student Award 

1.   Must be an undergraduate or graduate student who has achieved high academic standing at an institute of higher education in Pennsylvania.

2.   Must be enrolled in a public administration, health administration, public policy political science or similar area of study at the time of nomination.

3.   Demonstrates an extraordinary understanding of and a strong commitment to a career in the practice or teaching of public administration. 

4.   This individual is NOT required to be an ASPA member. 

Student Paper Award 

1.   Must be a graduate student who has been enrolled at an institute of higher education in Pennsylvania within the 12 months preceding the time of nomination. 

2.   Papers may be written on any topic relating to public or nonprofit organizations and should address a current subject of interest to practitioners and/or scholars.  (Paper topics may include, but are not limited to: policy analysis; organization and management studies; human resources; finance and budgeting; program and performance evaluation; ethics; strategic management; and public sector partnerships.)

3.   Papers must represent the original, nonpartisan work of the author with appropriate citations and valid data.

4.   Must be sponsored by an ASPA member who is engaged in teaching courses related to the field of public administration and who determines that the author’s work represents the highest standards of their academic institution.

5.   This individual is NOT required to be an ASPA member.