Apply for the SCPP Pipeline!

Every year, the Ford School’s Students of Color in Public Policy (SCPP) organization coordinates a Pipeline Initiative to assist applicants in completing applications for the Ford School’s graduate programs. Post below is this year’s Pipeline Initiative announcement; interested students can apply for the first round by the end of this week or the second round at the end of November!


Under the leadership of Students of Color in Public Policy (SCPP), we are excited to launch this year’s Pipeline Initiative!

What is SCPP Pipeline?

The goal of the Pipeline Initiative is to help prospective students navigate the application process and to provide the student perspective on being a member of the Ford School community. We particularly welcome inquiries from students of color to help increase the diversity in our programs.

How does it work?

This outreach program pairs a prospective student, like yourself, with a current graduate student who will act as a mentor and provide guidance on the application process. For example, mentors can read through your personal statement and provide feedback on your resume. Current students will be paired with applicants based on a variety of factors, i.e. policy interests, undergraduate institution, career goals, etc.

What’s the timeframe?

Mentors will be provided to prospective students during two submission rounds. All application materials must be received by the application deadlines to be paired with a mentor on the corresponding Match Date. We will do our best to match prospective students who submit their application after the application date.

Pipeline Application Deadline:

Mentor Match Date:

Round 1: Friday, November 2, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Round 2: Friday, November 30, 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How do I Register for Pipeline?

1. Complete the following survey to help us pair you with a student mentor:

2018 Pipeline Initiative Registration Form

2. For feedback purposes, submit your personal statement draft as a word document, saved as “FullName_Pipeline_PPS.doc”, to with the subject line: “Pipeline Personal Statement: FullName”.

If you have any questions, please email SCPP’s Pipeline Chair, Audrey Richardson, at

Please note: The Pipeline Initiative is a voluntary program under the leadership of the Students of Color in Public Policy (SCPP). Participation in the Pipeline Initiative does not guarantee admission into the MPP or MPA programs.

Fall Break!

Every Fall Term, University of Michigan students get a long weekend known as “Fall Break.” Most Fordies take advantage of this extra time to explore our beautiful state and its spectacular falls colors and attractions. From the Upper Peninsula to Frankenmuth, there’s a lot to see and do in Michigan, and no better time to explore than during the month of October. Here are the Top 10 Fall Break Attractions from our Admissions team:

1.Go to an apple orchard and cider mill

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Michigan is the third largest apple producer in the United States, and home to some beautiful apple orchards and cider mills all across the state. You can go pick some apples, eat some donuts, and try fresh apple cider! Some Fordie favorites include the Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill and the Dexter Cider Mill, both of which are relatively close to Ann Arbor.

2. Visit towns along the Great Lakes

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The Great Lakes and Michigan are deeply intertwined – culturally, historically, politically, and literally (we have shorelines with all five lakes). There are lots of towns and cities along our lakes that are worth visiting – whether you go to Traverse City, Grand Haven, or make your way up to Copper Harbor, there’s a lot of beautiful lake views and beaches to check out before things get too cold (fair warning: the water is almost certainly already too cold for swimming, but it’ll be nice to look at).

3. Check out lighthouses

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While we’re talking about the lakes, Michigan is home to some truly remarkable lighthouses! You could say that visiting them will be an illuminating experience.

4. Camp in Sleeping Bear Dunes Park

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One of Michigan’s most popular attractions on the Lake Michigan coast, the Sleeping Bear Dunes are home to spectacular bluffs, beautiful forests, and incredible sand beaches. There’s camping, hiking, kayaking, and other activities – and you’re not too far from some of Michigan’s most popular lake towns.

5. Make your way to Frankenmuth

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Also known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” Frankenmuth is home to the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronner’s, and two extremely awesome family-style fried chicken restaurants. You can also check out a riverboat cruise, petting zoo, and even a Michigan-style Oktoberfest.

6. Visit Michigan breweries


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Michigan is home to nearly 300 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs, serving local beers, meads, and more. From Detroit to Grand Rapids, there is no shortage of great local brews to try and breweries to visit.

7. Get over to Detroit’s Eastern Market

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One of the largest and oldest year-round farmer’s markets in the United States, the Eastern Market, and the surrounding area, are home to some of the coolest shops and restaurants in Detroit.

8. Make your way up to the Upper Peninsula

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Michigan got the U.P. after fighting an actual war with Ohio over Toledo,  and frankly, we think we got the better end of that deal. Full of beautiful forests, surrounded by three of the five Great Lakes, and home to Yoopers, there’s a lot of great camping and sightseeing to do in the Upper Peninsula.

9. Eat your way through Dearborn

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Part of the Greater Metro Detroit area, Dearborn is where Ford Motor Company started and is now home to the country’s largest population center of the Arab American community. That latter fact has contributed to an excellent Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine scene, including standards like Al Ameer and Shatila Bakery.

10. Or, just stay in Ann Arbor!

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Nichols Arboretum. Kerrytown Market. Finding the Fairy Doors. The Museum of Art. Ann Arbor is not a shabby place to spend a long weekend, with plenty of great restaurants and bars as well as all the museums affiliated with the university, so take advantage of your time here to the fullest.

Go Blue! Intro to Michigan Football

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Fall in Ann Arbor means fresh apple cider, wild swings between sort of hot and sort of cold, and Michigan Football!

As a Ford School graduate student, you’ll be eligible to buy student tickets each semester, and guaranteed at least six home games per year. Every game at the Big House is accompanied by tailgates before kickoff, which most Fordies take part in.

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Some things to know about the University of Michigan and our football program:

  • Michigan’s mascot is officially the Wolverine, but most of us stick to saying, “Go Blue.”
  • Our school colors are Maize and Blue. No, Maize isn’t the same as yellow. Yes, it matters.
  • Michigan began playing football in 1879! In fact, we taught Notre Dame how to play the game (this wasn’t our best idea).
  • The Wolverines were founding members of the Big Ten Conference at its inception in 1896, and other than a hiatus from 1907 to 1916, have been members since.
  • Michigan has won or shared 42 league titles, and, since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936, has finished in the top 10 a total of 38 times.
  • The Wolverines claim 11 national championships, most recently in 1997.
  • Michigan Football is the winningest program in college football history with a record of 944 wins to 340 losses and 36 ties.
  • Michigan Stadium, also known as, “The Big House,” is the largest stadium in the United States, the second largest stadium in the world with 107,601 seats (although our crowds are closer to 115,000).
  • We also have the best fight song in college football.

Obviously, there are a lot of good reasons to come to the Ford School and the University of Michigan – but we’d be misleading you if we didn’t include Michigan Football on the list. It truly is a special thing to enjoy games at the Big House after hanging with your friends at a tailgate.

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Go Blue!

College Juniors – Apply for the PPIA Fellowship!

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Each year, the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good. With an alumni network of 4000 individuals who share similar interests, PPIA is a great opportunity for undergraduates who want careers in public service.

For more than three decades, the Ford School has been proud to host a PPIA JSI, where we provide the following:

  • A $1,000 stipend during the seven-week program (increasing to $1,500 for 2019)
  • Cost of travel expenses
  • Housing and meals
  • Books and related course supplies
  • Library and computer access
  • Training in statistics, microeconomics, policy, and writing
  • Opportunity to participate in policy modules led by Ford School faculty
  • Enrichment and professional development activities with PPIA alumni and supporters of the program and the Ford School

The Fellowship is open to all undergraduates who expect to graduate between December of 2019 and August of 2020. If you are interested in applying for the 2019 Fellowship, go to the website and submit your application by November 1, 2018:

If you would like to learn more about PPIA at the Ford School, please contact us by calling 734-764-0453 or by emailing