Drum Major Institute Scholars

Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, in partnership with the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, is pleased to announce the creation of the Heinz College – DMI Scholarship Program.


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Starting in 2011, Heinz College will award the scholarship to former DMI Scholars who are entering one of the College’s full-time graduate degree programs. The award will be made at the time of admission (no separate application is necessary). To be considered for the scholarship, Heinz College applicants should indicate their involvement with DMI on the application for admission. Eligible students will receive at least $6,000 per semester, and most students will receive more.

The scholarship has been established as part of Heinz College’s commitment to promoting innovative decision-making and diverse perspectives in leadership across the public, non-profit and private sectors, similar to the mission of the Drum Major Institute.

The DMI Scholars program addresses one of the most critical challenges facing the progressive movement today: the lack of a pipeline dedicated to supporting and guiding talented young people into the field of public policy. Launched in 2006 by the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a leading national think tank, the program identifies progressive college students from underrepresented communities and trains them in the skills necessary to obtain and succeed in public policy positions. The Heinz College scholarship for DMI Scholars will ensure that a strong diversity of American experiences is reflected among the best trained professionals in the field.

Heinz College’s School of Public Policy and Management continually stays a step ahead of changes in public affairs, technology, and management education. Heinz College was the first public affairs school to understand the importance of technology as both a management tool and policy area. The School of Public Policy and Management’s interdisciplinary approach fosters exceptional programs in emerging issues in the public interest, as well as in well-established managerial and policy areas.   Heinz offers master’s programs focusing on critical niche areas, such as the arts, entertainment, the public sector, and healthcare—those that are concerned about the public good.

Heinz College’s Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program aims to distinguish itself from other public policy graduate degree programs. The curriculum is focused on developing leadership, quantitative analysis and technology skills that no other institution can match. The MSPPM program offers a three-semester track and a traditional two-year track in Pittsburgh. The MSPPM also offers a two-year track split between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., with students spending one year in each city.

Heinz College's School of Information Systems & Management (ISM) programs consistently rank among the world's elite in information technology and information technology management. The School of ISM has firmly cemented its presence in the global technology marketplace as a thought leader and reliable provider of outstanding graduates for leading organizations.

To learn more about the Heinz College or the DMI partneship, please contact David Eber, Director of Admissions at deber@cmu.edu or 412-268-3347, or complete a brief prospective student profile.