The First Responders Education Award

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Recognizing First Responders for Their Service to Our Communities!

About the First Responders Education Award

We're proud to offer active first responder personnel a $5,000 First Responders Education Award to pursue a public service graduate degree available at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. Carsey master's degrees include: Public Administration, Community Development, Global Conflict & Human Security, and Public Policy. In order to qualify for this Education Award, an application must be completed and submitted to the Carsey School. Applications are available upon request.

Available to active first responder personnel, including:

  • Sworn Police Officers
  • Firefighters
  • Paramedics
  • Emergency Medical Technicians


Apply the First Responders Education Award Toward the MPP, MPA, or MCD Program!



Toward a Master's Degree at the Carsey School


Excellent Master’s programs to choose from!


Months it takes to earn your Master’s Degree!

The Carsey School Advantage

Graduate prepared for a career with impact and the knowledge required for interdisciplinary problem-solving, insightful analysis, effective advocacy, compelling communications, and winning strategies that lead to impactful change and stronger communities.

  • Our flexible programs fit into your life, offering additional Online and Part-time learning options.
  • Start Fall or Spring.
  • Engage in hands-on learning and grow your network of dedicated public service professionals.
  • Achieve your full potential, effect change, and advance your career.
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“The MPA program aligned well with my career goal of continuing my development as both a leader and a community official. The program expanded my knowledge in foundational philosophies and my understanding of how best to implement strategic thinking within government programs. The flexibility of the degree offered ample opportunity for growth and completion while allowing me to maintain my full-time career and care for my family.”

~Robert Buxton '19G, Fire Chief, Hudson, N.H., Fire Department

Academic Info Session: The Carsey School First Responders Award with Alum Rob Buxton ‘19G (1/20/22)

Dan Bromberg, Director of Academic Programming at the Carsey School, was joined by Master of Public Administration alum and Town of Hudson, NH, Fire Chief Robert Buxton '19G on Jan. 20, 2022. They discussed how other first responders can gain benefits through the Carsey School's degree programs.

*Please note that applicants are only eligible to receive one Carsey School Education Award.

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