Robert E. and Ada Hagan Public Service Scholarship

Minimum GPA: 2.5
Amount: varies to a maximum of $3,000
College: Cleveland State Urban Affairs School
Deadline: March 15, 2020
App Type: General App

Hagan Fund

Purpose:  To provide scholarship support for students attending or accepted at Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs pursuing a public service career.

Robert E. Hagan was deeply committed to public service. He was an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, and he marched in civil rights protests and on union picket lines. He argued for a public employees’ collective bargaining bill and a nuclear freeze resolution.

Quoted in The Plain Dealer  about his decision to run for the legislature at age 60, Mr. Hagan said, “I think that you and I during our lifetime have an obligation to make the world a little less painful and bring a little more dignity to human beings.” 

Eligibility:

  • Attending or accepted at Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs pursuing a public service career
  • Resident of the State of Ohio
  • Registered voter
  • Degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Part-time (two courses) or full-time status

Application method: Submit a General Application and Basic Requirements through our Scholarship Gateway.

Additional requirements for application:

  • Resume
  • Proof of registered-voter status
  • Respond to the two Hagan Scholarship questions within the online application:
    1. Comment on the significance of Robert E. Hagan’s quote: “I think that you and I during our lifetime have an obligation to make the world a little less painful and bring a little more dignity to human beings.” 
    2. How do you intend to pursue a career in the public service?

Award process: The award amount for part-time enrollment will be adjusted appropriately. Formal notification of award will be made by the Cleveland Foundation to the selected recipient(s). Awards will be paid to the school for the benefit of the student and must be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies, and/or equipment required for coursework.

Selection: Selection decisions are based on your completed application and requirements, demonstrated evidence of your commitment to public service and community activities, and financial need. 

Recipient requirements:

  1. Maintain full-time enrollment status (unless awarded for part-time two course minimum)
  2. Email a grade report to the Scholarship team for each term (min 3.0 GPA required)
  3. A thank you note to the donors and selection committee members for this fund is not required but always appreciated and may be sent via email or mailed to the Cleveland Foundation, Scholarships, 1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300, Cleveland, Ohio, 44115.

Renewable Award: This award will be renewed for a maximum of 2 total years support provided the student meets the scholarship requirements and funding remains available. See the Scholarship How to Apply web page for Renewal Instructions and deadline.

For questions or further information, contact:  Student Services Officer, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, or the Cleveland Foundation Scholarship Office at 216-861-3810