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Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) student receives $15,000 grant

By: Texas Southern University

The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program recently celebrated a $15,000 grant that was awarded to EMPA student Joseph Washington.

The grant was awarded by the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, which, for over 40 years, has helped to recognize business leaders in the private sector making significant contributions in their respective field and through their humanitarian efforts.

Washington presented to a panel of business leaders from the Foundation. He was selected from the group of three finalists, which include graduate students from TSU’s Jesse H. Jones School of Business. His presentation and work in the community won him the prestigious award. Washington operates a nonprofit organization in Houston’s Lakewood community, one that uses the performing arts as a conduit to mentor young people and another to support veterans.

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank God and Dr. Adams for suggesting I apply for the award and helping write a successful application,” Washington said. “I look forward to the work this grant will allow me to do in my community. The EMPA program has been a blessing to me and instrumental in my ongoing success. Beyond the fundamentals in the classroom—this program has continued to place me in the flow of opportunity and has offered me the support to see so many victories through. I am just grateful.

For over 40 years, the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation has helped to recognize business leaders in the private sector who are making significant contributions in their respective field and through their humanitarian efforts.

Washington is the first TSU EMPA student to be awarded this grant.

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