Government Service Scholarships
Here are some of the Government Service scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.
The Foundation expects to award 75 to 80 Truman Scholarships on the basis of merit to junior-level students at four-year colleges and universities who: - Have extensive records of public and community service; - Are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and; - Have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. In addition, up to three residents of Puerto Rico and the Islands with senior-level academic standing will be selected. Scholars are eligible to receive $3,000 for the senior year of undergraduate education and $27,000 for graduate studies. Scholars in master's degree programs planning to receive degrees in one or two years are eligible to receive $13,500 per year. Scholars in law programs are eligible to receive $13,500 at the start of the third year's second semester if they provide evidence that they will enter public service upon graduation or upon completion of any judicial clerkships after graduation. Scholars in graduate programs requiring three or more years of academic study are eligible to receive $9,000 per year for a maximum of three years. Scholars may attend graduate or professional schools in the United States or in foreign countries. One state scholarship will be available to a qualified resident nominee in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, the Islands: Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (Residency is generally determined by home address for school registration, family's primary residence, and voter registration.) The Foundation will select up to 35 at-large Scholars. Each nominee must be: - A full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree during the upcoming academic year. Junior here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree or a student in his or third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the upcoming academic year, - Enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education, - Committed to a career in public service as defined above, - In the upper quarter of his or her class, and - A United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible. Selection Procedures: A committee examines all nominations and selects about 200 Finalists to be interviewed for Truman Scholarships. Finalists are selected on the basis of: - extent and quality of community service and government involvement; - leadership record; - academic performance and writing and analytical skills, and; - suitability of the nominees's proposed program of study for a career in public service. Priority is given to candidates proposing to enroll in graduate and professional programs specifically oriented to careers in public service. These include law programs and master's and doctorate programs in public administration, public policy analysis, public health, international relations, government, economics, social services delivery, education and human resource development, and conservation and environmental protection.
The Congressional Scholarship Award program provides financial support for college students who wish to attend the Institute on Business and Government Affairs (IBGA) at Georgetown University. The Institute has become the premier training program for future leaders in business, government and politics. Through academic study, internships in corporate governmental affairs offices and trade associations and in panel discussions with leaders in the profession, students gain an appreciation for the essential interplay between business and government and its effect on our nation's future.The Congressional Scholarship Award Dinner is held annually in Washington to honor a senator for his or her contributions to our nation and its young people. Proceeds from the dinner are used to fund Institute scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding undergraduate students based on leadership skills, academics and campus and community involvement.
The Dirksen Center sponsors the LaHood Scholarships to promote the study of politics and governance as practiced by the distinguished public servants who have represented Illinois's 18th district in Congress, a list which includes Abraham Lincoln, Everett Dirksen, Robert H. Michel, Ray LaHood and, currently, Congressman Aaron Schock.
The purpose of the LaHood Scholarships is to provide financial support for tuition, fees, and books to Bradley University juniors who are majoring in a discipline related to The Dirksen Center's purpose and interest or in a subject related to the study of the federal government. The program is managed by The Institute for Principled Leadership.
The LaHoods endowed the program with a series of donations to The Dirksen Congressional Center beginning in 2005.
Who is Qualified to Apply?
In order to be considered for a LaHood Scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:
They are a junior in good standing who will enter their senior year of study in a field related to the study of the U.S. government (e.g., political science, public administration, American studies, U.S. history).
They attend Bradley University.
They have a Grade Point Average (on a four-point scale) of at least 3.5 overall and 3.5 in their major.
They agree to write a 250-word evaluation of the impact of their scholarship before the end of their senior year.
They agree to meet with Ray or Kathy LaHood during the second semester of their senior year.
Call, write, or e-mail:
Brad McMillan, Executive Director
Institute for Principled Leadership
1501 W. Bradley
Peoria, IL 61625
(309) 677.4408 (PHONE)
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
Be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall.
Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15
Submit one letter of recommendation online.
Plan to pursue a career in law, public service, or government affairs.
Must be enrolled in a 4-year institution as a college junior in the upcoming year
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the Other Majors Application
The SSPI Scholarship Program assists deserving high school and university graduates with meeting the high costs of undergraduate and post-graduate study in satellite-related disciplines. Through the generosity of Scholarship Sponsors, SSPI provides scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $3,500 to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students from locations around the world.Applicants must be current high school seniors, college or university undergraduate students or graduate students who are studying or intend to study satellite-related technologies, policies or applications. Successful scholarship applications have been received from students pursuing studies in these areas related to telecommunications, remote sensing, imaging, space law, business, distance learning, meteorology, energy, navigation, business, government, and broadcasting.Qualifications * Commitment to pursue education and career opportunities in the satellite industry or a field making direct use of satellite technology * Academic and leadership achievement * Potential for significant contribution to the satellite communications industry * A scientific, engineering, research, business or creative submission meeting high standards * Must be matriculated or accepted in an accredited college or university program at the time of the scholarship issuance.General scholarship requirements are: * Must be an SSPI Member to apply (Membership is free for fulltime students). * Must be pursuing studies related to satellites or the satellite communications industry. * Most scholarships give consideration for financial need.
The Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship is awarded to graduating high school students who will pursue an undergraduate degree with a concentrated study of a minimum of 24 credit hours in American History and American Government. This award is intended to promote the study of our counrty's history among our finest students. U.S. Citizens residing abroad may apply through a Units Overseas Chapter.The Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship is an award of $2,000 each year for up to four years with annual transcript review by the National Chairman required for renewal.Awards are based on academic merit, commitment to the field of study and financial need. No affiliation with DAR is necessary unless specified.Awards are placed on deposit with the college or university; any unused portion shall be returned to the National Society.
Must be a full-time student with a junior level academic standing, with a commitment to a career in government or elsewhere in the public sector, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, plans to complete a graduate degree, is in the upper 1/4 of the class and is a U.S. citizen, or U.S. national, except for residents of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa or the Northern Marianas who must be in their senior class. If interested, contact Matt Means by October 1 at (785) 628-4280.
This fund was established through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to offer scholarships for extracurricular activities in music, athletics and government. The amount of the scholarship is determined each year by the Youth Advisory Council.
Purpose: The Harry S Truman Foundation Scholarship Program gives college juniors interested in public service careers the opportunity to refine career goals and plan graduate studies by encouraging applicants to reflect on social issues and needs that they want to address. Programs Funded: Foundation Scholarships award up to $30,000 for graduate studies in the U.S. or abroad in public administration, public policy analysis, law, public health, international relations, government, economics, social services delivery, education, human resource development, conservation, environmental protection, and other relevant fields. Truman Scholars also participate in substantial summer leadership development programs in Washington, D.C.. Eligibility: Candidates are nominated by their colleges/universities. Nominees must be U.S citizens or nationals who are juniors in the upper quarter of the class, and who are committed to a career in public service. This may include employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment. All majors are eligible. Selection Criteria: Screening focuses on the extent and quality of community service and government involvement, demonstrated commitment to careers in public service, academic performance, writing and analytical skills, leadership abilities, and the suitability of the nominee's proposed program of study for a career in public service. Application/Nomination Process: On-campus deadlines are normally in November. Interested students should begin work on their application well in advance, as the application requires several essays, including close analysis of a public policy issue. Pomona may nominate a limited number of students. One Scholar or more is selected from each state, and up to 30 additional Scholars are selected at large.
Applicants must meet the following criteria. No exceptions will be considered.
Be currently enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part- time.
Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible; undergraduates must have attained at least junior level status (60 credits).
Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense.
Demonstrate financial need.
Have a minimum grade point average of 3.25.
Be a woman.
Be a citizen of the United States.
Recipients of past awards may apply for future financial assistance.
Fields of Study
Focus of the scholarship is on the following preferred fields of study: security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, cyber security, physics, mathematics, business (as it relates to national security or defense), law (as it relates to national security or defense), international relations, political science, and economics. Others will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense.
Awards will be based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of objectives, recommendations, and financial need. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, or religion. Women In Defense reserves the right to revise, suspend or discontinue this program without notice.
Complete submission packet includes:
- Completed application
- Three essays
- Official academic transcripts
- Two recommendation letters
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship
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