Executive MPA student awarded $5,000 Texas Lyceum fellowship

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2022

TSU student Aria Johnson

Texas Southern University student Aria Alyse-Noire Johnson, who is in the Executive Master of Public Administration program, is the first recipient of the Texas Lyceum Scholarship.

The Executive Master of Public Administration program (EMPA) at Texas Southern University is proud to announce its first recipient of the $5,000 Texas Lyceum Fellowship – student Aria Alyse-Noire Johnson.

As a College Readiness Counselor in the Houston Independent School District, Johnson pursues her passion and purpose working in youth development daily. A native Houstonian with five-plus years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, political campaigns and programs, and in education, Johnson has built her career and volunteer efforts around serving her community. Upon graduation, Johnson hopes to advance her career into leadership roles that will allow her to help shape policy consulting in education and government relations in big tech. Through this fellowship, she looks forward to engaging in research that will bring attention to policy issues impacting urban communities.

The Texas Lyceum is the only nonprofit, nonpartisan, statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the state’s next generation of leaders and providing a forum for civil discourse. The organization hosts meetings and conferences, publishes a nationally-acclaimed annual poll, and partners with higher education institutions to offer a statewide fellowship program that promotes research driven solutions at the highest levels of state government. For more than 40 years, The Texas Lyceum has focused on bringing together diverse opinions and expertise to emphasize constructive private sector, public-sector and individual responses to the issues facing the state and the nation.  

For questions about the EMPA program or the Texas Lyceum partnership, please contact Dr. Michael O. Adams at (713) 313-7760 or

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Last updated: 05/24/2022