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Ron & Jane Cease Founders Award

Public involvement has been a life force for Ron and Jane Cease since they were children.The couple moved to Oregon in 1966, when Ron was invited to teach government at Portland State. The University had a special place in his heart. He attended PSU’s precursor, the Vanport Extension Center, after being granted an $81 scholarship. The amount is laughably small by today’s standards, but in 1949, it covered Ron’s tuition for an entire year.

And the rest is history for anyone who knows Oregon politics and the evolution of PSU. Jane was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1978 and was re-elected in 1980 and 1982. Ron won a seat in the Oregon House in 1984, the same year Jane was elected to the Oregon Senate. Meanwhile, Ron founded PSU’s Public Administration program in 1976. Today it is one of the foundational elements of the Hatfield School of Government.

When Ron retired from his full-time professorship in 2000, he wanted to make sure the spirit of the couple’s involvement at PSU lived on. “I had a good career at Portland State,” he said. That’s why they started the Ron Cease Founders Award. These scholarships provide financial assistance to master’s degree students who are planning careers in public service. Ron Cease, PSU Professor Emeritus and founder of the Division of Public Administration, and his wife Jane Cease led active careers as state administrators and as Oregon legislators. These scholarships honor graduate students by providing financial assistance to those who are planning careers in public service and are pursuing on a full-time basis an MPA, MPA:HA or MPH:HMP degree. A GRA position may also be given to Founders Award recipients depending on the availability of funds.

Judith Ramaley Community Engaged Scholarship

Dr. Judith A. Ramaley (pronounced Rah may’ lee) is President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University in the Mark O. Hatfield School, of Government and President Emerita of Winona State University. Dr. Ramaley holds an appointment as a Senior Scholar with the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is also a member of the board of Second Nature, an organization committed is to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society through the transformation of higher education.

Prior to returning to Portland State University, Dr. Ramaley served as President of Winona State University (WSU) in Minnesota from July 2005 to May 2012. She served as a Visiting Senior Scientist at the National Academy of Sciences in the spring of 2005. From 2001-2004, she was Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) at The National Science Foundation (NSF). While serving at NSF, Dr. Ramaley also held a presidential professorship in biomedical sciences at the University of Maine and was a Fellow of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy. Dr. Ramaley was President of The University of Vermont (UVM) and Professor of Biology from 1997 to 2001. She was President and Professor of Biology at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon for seven years from 1990-1997.

Dr. Ramaley has a special interest in higher-education reform and institutional change and has played a significant role in designing regional alliances to promote educational cooperation. She also has contributed to a national exploration of the changing nature of work and has written extensively on civic responsibility and partnerships between higher education and community organizations as well as articles on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

The Judith Ramaley Community Engaged Scholarship benefits any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree program in the Hatfield School of Government who is working directly with faculty and practitioners in community-centered inquiry on important issues affecting Oregon. Students must have an approved project and faculty advisor.

For more information on funding opportunities, please visit our Student Resources page.