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Awards and Student Support

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Student Conference Scholarship Applications are due via email no later than December 31, 2014. Click here to download the form, fill it out, and return it to ciaspaorg@gmail.com!

2014 Rail Splitter Public Service Award Recipient:  Joan Walters
Joan Walters retired in 2005 after serving 16 years in Illinois State government and 11 years in Seattle City government. In Illinois, Joan served on the staff of Governor Thompson, first working on government reorganization, and later as his legislative liaison in the House. When Jim Edgar was appointed Secretary of State, Joan served as Assistant Secretary of State. When Edgar became governor, Joan was appointed budget director, and later, Director of the Department of Public Aid. In Seattle, Joan worked in the City budget Office, including serving as City Budget Director, and as Assistant to the Superintendent and head of Customer Service for Seattle City Light. Joan currently serves on the Board of the Citizens Club of Springfield and the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition; is a docent for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum; and volunteers and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project transcribing Lincoln letters. She also serves on the Citizens' Efficiency Commission for Sangamon County as Chair. As stated by one nominator, "Joan treats public service as a lifestyle, and her civic engagement informs everything from how she spends her time to where she chooses to reside." Joan earned a B.A. in Science with an emphasis in Human Ecology from Governor's State University. 


Previous Public Service Awards
1989    Robert Mandeville
1990    Robert Cronson
1992    Sam Grove
1993    Naomi Lynn
1994    James Nowlan
1995    Richard Moy
1996    Paul Simon
1997    Mike Lawrence
1998    Jim Edgar
1999    Jesse White
2001    Naomi Lynn
2011    William Holland
2012    John Stremsterfer
2013    Norm Sims

Rail-Splitter Public Service Award

The Central Illinois Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration has established the Public Service Award to pay tribute to public servants (government and nonprofit) whose careers exhibit the highest standard of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment.

This award is presented annually to individuals who have spent a primary part of their careers working in public service; made outstanding contributions on a sustained basis rather than having performed a single exceptional deed; and accomplished or caused to be accomplished significant programs or projects within their areas of responsibility to the ultimate benefit of the general public.

Nominations are solicited from the entire public service community and are not limited to ASPA members. Awards will be presented at the Chapter's Annual Awards Meeting.

ASPA Public Service Student Award

This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student who has shown interest in public and nonprofit administration beyond their classroom work and has performed exceptionally well academically. Members and non-members of ASPA are eligible for this award.

Student ASPA Conference Support

The ASPA chapter will provide supportive funding for from one to three students (depending on the strength of the applications) to attend the ASPA national conference.  Funding will come from the ASPA chapter and also from the Department of Public Administration.

Students may apply to the awards committee of the ASPA chapter.  To apply, applicants will need a two page essay describing their career goals and how attendance at the ASPA conference will enhance those goals.  Applications for support are due one week prior to the close of early registration for the ASPA conference.

Decisions for support funding will depend on the applicant’s essay as well as attendance and support for ASPA chapter meetings.

The available funds will be divided equally among the successful applicants.  The university portion of the funds will come as reimbursement for legitimate conference expenses.

Students are encouraged to apply to other university and possible ASPA national  support as well.