Carnahan Award & Fellowship Nomination

Governor Mel Carnahan understood that public service was a way to make a difference in the lives of people and communities.


The Governor Mel Carnahan Award for Public Service recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions through their public service, both paid and volunteer, in the government, education, nonprofit or legal sectors.

In addition to a plaque recognizing the award, recipients of the Carnahan Award receive a stipend of $1,000 and are honored at an annual awards reception.

Recipients are chosen by the Carnahan Award Selection Committee.

Nomination deadline for the public service award is December 1st of each year.


The Governor Mel Carnahan Graduate Fellowship for Public Service is awarded to a first year, on-campus, MPA student preparing for a career in public service.

Candidates can be nominated by students or faculty as well as individuals and organizations with knowledge of the person’s commitment and contributions to public service.

Nominations are reviewed by a committee of Truman School faculty and students.

Recipients receive a stipend and a tuition waiver for continued study at MU and are honored at an annual awards reception.

Students can nominate themselves for the fellowship.

Nominations for the graduate fellowship will be accepted through April 1st of each year.


Please use the link below for submitting your nomination to the Governor Mel Carnahan Public Service Award.

If you wish to add additional materials to this information you’ve already submitted prior to today, please feel free to do so at any time before December 1.

Fill out the nomination form »

You can also mail a nomination to:

Carnahan Public Service Award Selection Committee
Director’s Office-Truman School of Public Affairs
University of Missouri
105 Middlebush Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211-6100