Boston Employees Are Walsh Scholarship Recipients at Suffolk

November 19, 2015
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Erin Santhouse and Ryan Woods have been named the most recent Mayor Martin J. Walsh Scholarship recipients at Suffolk University.

The Martin J. Walsh Scholarship is awarded annually to academically qualified city employees who have demonstrated the potential for advancement and leadership in city government.  The scholarship will cover tuition for Suffolk’s Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) program.

Santhouse is the newly-appointed manager of Mayor Walsh’s ONEin3 Initiative, whose mission is to connect Boston’s young adults with city resources and neighborhood networks.  She is currently attending Suffolk in the evening through the University’s MPA program.

Woods is director of external affairs at the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.  He is presently taking courses at Suffolk in the evening through the University’s MPA program.

“Erin and Ryan both have exhibited a true commitment to public service,” said Mayor Walsh.  “Their focus and dedication to our City has positively impacted people across Boston, and it is with great pleasure that I join Suffolk in awarding them this scholarship.  I look forward to seeing their work in the months and years to come, and thank our partners at Suffolk for making quality education accessible for City employees.”

“The Mayor Walsh Scholarship helps outstanding City of Boston employees further their careers and greatly enhance their ability to serve the citizens of Boston,” said Suffolk University Senior Vice President of External Affairs John Nucci.  “We are proud to work with Mayor Walsh and his team on this great opportunity for these Boston residents and valued public servants.”

Partnering with the City of Boston Mayor’s Office is a Suffolk tradition.  Beginning in 2004, the University, through its Master’s in Public Administration program, has awarded a scholarship to a staff member of the City of Boston.

“Suffolk University’s partnership with the Mayor Walsh Scholarship and the City of Boston provides an opportunity for city employees to keep abreast of complex and challenging issues within public service, and to expand their knowledge base of best practices,” said William J. O’Neill, Jr., dean of Suffolk’s Sawyer Business School.

Suffolk University’s Institute for Public Service (IPS) has been awarding master’s degrees in public administration for over 40 years.  The Institute, formally known as the Public Management Department, is housed in Suffolk’s Sawyer Business School and is recognized as a regional leader in public service education.

Graduates of Suffolk’s MPA program are leaders and managers in hundreds of agencies and organizations with a mission to create public goo

From left: Rahn Dorsey, chief of education for the City of Boston, Suffolk University President Margaret A. McKenna, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, scholarship recipients Erin Santhouse and Ryan Woods, John Nucci, senior vice president of External Affairs at Suffolk University, and William J. O’Neill, Jr., Dean of Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.

From left: Rahn Dorsey, chief of education for the City of Boston, Suffolk University President Margaret A. McKenna, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, scholarship recipients Erin Santhouse and Ryan Woods, John Nucci, senior vice president of External Affairs at Suffolk University, and William J. O’Neill, Jr., Dean of Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.

d.  Alumni work in local, state and national government, high impact non-profit institutions, and community and public health agencies.

Suffolk University, located in historic downtown Boston, with an international campus in Madrid, is a student-centered institution distinguished by excellence in education and scholarship. Suffolk University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 90 areas of study. Its mission is to empower graduates to be successful locally, regionally and globally.

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