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.