Carnahan Public Service Award & Scholarship Nomination

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

Public Service Award

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.

Recipients of the Carnahan Award receive a plaque and are honored at an annual awards reception, which is typically held in early to mid February each year.

Recipients are chosen by the Carnahan Award Selection Committee.

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

Nominations for the Public Service Award

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

Governor Mel Carnahan $500 Scholarship for 2018/2019 Academic Year

First-year, traditional, on-campus MPA students returning for the Fall 2018 semester and preparing for a career in public service are eligible for this award.

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.  Students can also self-nominate.

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

The recipient of the award will be announced in May.  The recipient will be honored along with the Public Service Award recipient at the annual awards reception.

Nominations for the $500 Scholarship

Please submit nominations for this award in a PDF document to Leanne Tippett Mosby by email to no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2018.  Please include in the subject line: “Carnahan Scholarship nomination.”  The nomination should explain your reasons for nominating the student (or yourself).  For example, you may include information about academic achievement, community or volunteer service, extracurricular activities, or any other information you deem appropriate for the selection committee’s consideration.  Nominations are limited to no more than 500 words.  Nominations should include the name, address, email and phone number of the nominator (which will not be included in the word count).

(The recipient is responsible for determining how the award may affect taxes and financial aid).