One management and leadership option, for a

One of my proudest accomplishments is when I put my
interests and background into action by co-founding the Development Aid
Foundation, an NGO that supports indigenous development Ghanaian
organizations through volunteerism. Through a lot of initiatives, I was able
volunteer in an orphanage with which broadened my horizons in non-profit work.

My relations with the orphans I handled gave my life a new perspective – we
take many things for granted which we shouldn’t. This is where I began to
follow the institutions and policy makers that make an impact on the society of
Ghana. I am applying to the master of public administration program focusing on
the nonprofit management and leadership option, for a career in nonprofit
management. This specialization is a great fit for my long-term goals.

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My
focus as an undergraduate was with an eye toward graduate school and a
professional career in nonprofit management. I’m applying to the School of
Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration’s master of Philanthropy &
Nonprofit Leadership to prepare me for a long-term career in developing and
managing nonprofit work in Africa. My background in economics and geography
combined with a master’s in public administration will enable me deepen my
understanding of quantitative research methods, financial economic development
and strategic management skills. I hope to use the lessons learned in
developing sound philanthropic strategies in my areas of emphasis.

 

Research is an aspect of graduate school for which I
have both an interest and a sound background. As a research assistant at the
Center for Migration Studies (CMS), I had the good fortune to work with Mr.

Emmanuel Quarshie, communications officer under the supervision of Dr. Joseph
Teye. I worked on developing new research data exploring the
positives of migration to the cities. I achieved this through qualitative and
quantitative research methods studied in my economics and geography coursework; conducting
interviews with ” kayayei” women, engaging policy groups with research
outcomes on migration and poverty linkages in Ghana. This experience further
expanded my niche to poverty-induced migration issues in Ghana.

                                                                                                           

During
my internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers, I worked with the strategy and
operations unit on many transactions complementing economic research with in-depth
policy interpretation. One example was when I served as a researcher and
participant for the PwC Business School:
Sustainable Business Forum to engage the private advocacy groups on sustainability
issues and enhance business resilience. I carried out research on environmental
business challenges in Ghana. I also conducted and coordinated dialogue among
some nonprofit industry participants (International
Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN NL), The Netherlands Embassy, Water
Resources Commission (WRC), A Rocha Ghana, Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA)) at the school and shared sustainable activities to help boost
business resilience. This advisory experience exposed me to the intricacies of
nonprofit policy advisory work and reassured my resolve to pursue a degree in
public administration.

                                                                                                           

The
public administration program parallels with my philosophy when I learned about
the program’s capstone project. Wealth transfer and the underlying principles
thereof continue to intrigue me. I have loved finding out why specific
financial ideas work reliably in certain zones while proving inefficient when
applied elsewhere. I look forward to expanding my niche in this field through
research opportunities as I plan to share my results from personal and group
projects with others. Broadly, my research interests seek to determine the root
causes of extreme poverty and migration, rigorously evaluate programs that
target these causes, explore how economic activities in sub-Saharan Africa as a
whole can influence poverty-induced migration patterns and some sustainable
environmental policies. I would want to continue in public policy work through
cutting edge research that has clear solution-driven policy implications, under
my think tank firm when I return to Ghana. This is where I know I would have
the greatest impact.

 

The
combination of corporate and non-profit leadership experiences I have
internalized including extensive number crunching, excellent communication and
strong ethical standards define my strong sense of purpose as a future graduate
student at Grand Valley State University. If accepted into the nonprofit management
and leadership option, I will bring a unique way of understanding and
perspective through my Ghanaian background. I would use my marginalised
background to contribute to class interactions to motivate others and myself in
the program to succeed.

                                                                                                           

In
conclusion, I feel Grand Valley State University is the best place for me to
be. The primary factors drawing me to the School of Public, Nonprofit and
Health Administration includes: (1) I am especially excited about the PA-643,
PA-663 and PA-670 specialization courses which will add layers of priceless
practical knowledge of nonprofit management (2) I look forward to contributing
to the discipline with my research interests through the guidance of my
personal advisor (3) The opportunity to work on a capstone project in thematic
areas of my interest. I am confident that my academic and professional
leadership experiences have instilled me with the depth and maturity that the department
demands, and that, given the opportunity, I will be a valuable asset to the
program. I wish to reassure the admissions committee that, I
will work to make an impact in the discipline and in Ghana after I return. I hope to be
seriously considered for this program and you will seriously consider my
qualifications and arrive at the same conclusion. I thank you for your
attention to this material and I am grateful for your consideration.