Dr. Keith M. Henderson Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Keith M. Henderson Endowed Scholarship Fund was established to provide one scholarship annually to a student with a declared major in public administration and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. No renewal. Fall and spring disbursement.

Dr. Keith Henderson was Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at SUNY Buffalo. He received his Doctorate in Public Administration at the University of Southern California and did postdoctoral work at Columbia University. Prior to coming to Buffalo, Dr. Henderson was Associate Professor of Public Administration at the (then) Graduate School of Public Administration, New York University (now the Wagner School). He was Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the American University of Beirut on his first academic assignment, after completing five years in the government of the City of Los Angeles. He edited (with O. P. Dwivedi) Bureaucracy and the Alternatives in World Perspective (Macmillan) and published widely in the field of American and Comparative Public Administration. In his co-edited book—The New Transatlanticism: Politics and Policy Perspectives (Routledge), which was published posthumously—Dr. Henderson contributed a well-received chapter comparing the European Commission and US federal civil servants working in the executive branch, finding important similarities in administrative cultures which could facilitate more intensive transatlantic policy cooperation, especially with respect to mutual recognition, and even harmonization, of regulatory policy. Dr. Henderson received two Senior Fulbright Awards, the most recent being to teach and conduct research at the University of Rijeka in Croatia. Dr. Henderson was a lifetime member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and active in ASPA’s Buffalo-Niagara Chapter, where he held several officer positions. In Dr. Henderson’s 40+ years on faculty at Buffalo State (which included service as department chair, NYS Assembly and Senate internship coordinator, coordinator of the public administration and nonprofit management minor, and coordinator of the MPA public administration track), he trained hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students in the theory and practice of public administration and his NYS budget simulations became a “rite of passage” for Buffalo State undergraduates preparing for careers in public service.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please write a self-nomination letter addressed to the "Keith Henderson Scholarship Committee." The letter should state your career goals in the public and/or nonprofit sectors and how this scholarship can support these goals.
  2. Please attach a writing sample (essay, research paper) from a graduate course with the PAD prefix.
  3. Please attach a current resume. (Keith Henderson Scholarship)