Scholarships and Awards

Undergraduate Academic Opportunity Award

Deadlines: Spring, November 29 & Summer/Fall, March 15

The Department of Political Science is pleased to provide financial support for declared International Studies, Law & Constitutional Studies, and Political Science undergraduate majors and pre-majors. The Undergraduate Academic Opportunity Awards (UAOA) will support students for domestic or international internships, study abroad, or to present research at a conference. 
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of how the opportunity will allow applicants to complete their degree and enhance their intellectual and professional growth. The evaluation criteria may also include number of major credits completed, GPA, extra-curricular activities, previous receipt of an UAOA, and financial need.

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Application Form  

Merrill Scholars Program

Deadline, Friday, November 12 at 4:45pm

Once a year, about ten students will be awarded a $550 scholarship as part of the Merrill Scholars Program. There will be weekly lunchtime discussions led by faculty sponsors, and occasionally invited guests, about the a topic of the faculty sponsors' choosing. This program is sponsored by the Milton R. Merrill Endowment and is open to students in International Studies, Law & Constitutional Studies, and Political Science majors.

Application Form

Department Scholarships

The Department of Political Science offers a number of scholarships to eligible students each year. Students may apply for scholarships offered through the Political Science Department by going to ScholarshipUniverse. This service also allows students to take advantage of scholarships across the college and university that they might not be aware of.

Douglas Ralph Bean Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates academic achievement and is majoring in International Studies, Law & Constitutional Studies, or Political Science. Preference may be given to a student who demonstrates financial need.

Asa & Vivian Bullen Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to a Law and Constitutional Studies student completing his or her junior year. Award is based on recipient's academic achievements, superior capabilities, promise in law, personal integrity, and sense of moral responsibility.

Lee H. Burke Government Intern Scholarship– This scholarship is awarded to a Political Science student who needs support for a Government Internship based on academic achievement, financial need, and personal integrity.

Cynthia Farr Bylund Scholarship - This endowment, established by Cynthia Farr Bylund, a 1978 political science graduate, is awarded to a junior or senior who is majoring in International Studies, Law & Constitutional Studies, or Political Science, and who demonstrates superior potential in the field, personal integrity, and high social and ethical responsibility. Grade point average is not the main criteria for selection, but candidates must demonstrate determination to succeed in their profession and contribute to society.

William & Juanita Furlong Excellence in Politics & Government Endowed Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in Political Science or International Studies, and can be used towards tuition or an internship. In order to be considered for this scholarship, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and have taken at least four political science courses. In addition, preference is given to students who represent diversity and are members of Pi Sigma Alpha.

Dr. M. Judd & Helen G. Harmon Scholarship Fund - The fund will be used to provide scholarships for deserving students who are majoring in International Studies, Law & Constitutional Studies, or Political Science, as determined by the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students must take a minimum of six credits to apply.

David M. Heiner Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to an International Studies, Law & Constitutional Studies, or Political Science major who seeks an experience in practical politics or political research. This scholarship will provide housing assistance for a major to permit them to accept an unpaid internship or research opportunity.

Mehdi Heravi International Scholarship in Political Science – This scholarship is for international students who are majoring in Political Science who demonstrate financial need or who live in a low-income country, or a country with financial challenges. Recipient will be selected by the Dean. Apply here - 

Milton R. Merrill Academic Excellence Scholarship - Typically three junior or senior students are awarded this scholarship per academic year. The decision as to which applicants receive this scholarship is based on merit and GPA.

Allan Royle and Ann Schoonmaker Papworth Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a Political Science student who needs support for an Internship. 

Political Science Faculty Scholarship - A junior or senior is typically the recipient of this scholarship. Awarded by members of the department who regularly contribute to this fund.

Boyd H. & Sybil S. Stewart Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to a student who needs support for an internship in Washington, DC.

John S. & Unita Welch Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to a senior majoring in Law and Constitutional Studies who will be attending law school. Financial need is a consideration but not a major one. Academic attainment is a major consideration, but character, aptitude for legal study, and desire to serve the public and improve the quality of legal services are also influential in the department's decision. The recipient must be in their final semester. The money is awarded in one lump sum to the law school of the students choice. Proof of admission to law school must be obtained by the department for distribution of the scholarship.