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Political Science Scholarships

Enroll in a political science degree program and you'll learn to examine and analyze human behavior as it relates to politics and government. If you're a news junkie who loves debating politics and current events this might be the major for you. In the paragraphs that follow we'll examine this field of study and what to expect from it. We'll also look at the world of political science scholarships and where to look for them.

It can be difficult, even misleading, to generalize about political science degree programs. They come in a variety of flavors. There are programs that feature a conservative bias and also programs that skew liberal. There are programs that stress the quantitative along with programs that rely on the qualitative. 

Still, there are some commonalities to be found in most political science degree programs. You will most likely begin your studies with introductory courses on the general field of political science as well  as some of the issues within the field. Examples of topics covered might include U.S. foreign policy, the judicial process, ethnic identity and politics, political ideologies, international law and public policy analysis. 

In addition to your coursework, you'll most likely complete a Capstone project in your third or fourth year. This will involve original research into a specific component of political science that interest you. Some programs also feature an internship requirement, allowing you to spend a semester in a political environment, such as your state legislature. 

Political science scholarships also come in a range of shapes and sizes. There are scholarships available for the general study of this major. However, individuals studying a hot issue (say, the politics of ecological overdevelopment) may encounter the widest range of political science scholarships.

The career outlook for jobs related to this major also varies widely. A degree in political science can lead to jobs in areas such as communications, government, international commerce, diplomatic service, law, teaching and the non-profit sector. Many advanced jobs within these fields require graduate studies. 

Follow the links below to continue exploring the world of political science scholarships.

James A. Finnegan Award

$1,500.00 for the James A. Finnegan Award; additional individual $1,000 awards; honorable mentions as recommended. Placement in a named summer internship in state government. Finnegan Interns also earn weekly salaries paid by state agencies during their state government employment. The internships are named for the late James A. Finnegan and other men and women who have made important contributions to the "art of government" in Pennsylvania. Summer Experience: Students are assigned positions in state government. These internships may be in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of government. Interns attend seminars with leading elected or appointed public officials and key media personnel. In order to receive the monetary awards, applicants MUST be available to secure an internship during the summer for a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 10 weeks, generally beginning in late May and ending mid to late August. Eligibility: Undergraduates, who at the time of essay submissions, are attending accredited Pennsylvania colleges/universities and Pennsylvania residents attending accredited colleges/universities elsewhere, who have completed at least 1 semester, are eligible to apply.

Ray and Kathy LaHood Scholarships for the Study of American Government

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. Questions? Call, write, or e-mail: Brad McMillan, Executive Director
Institute for Principled Leadership Bradley University
 1501 W. Bradley
 Peoria, IL 61625
 (309) 677.4408 (PHONE)
 bmcmillan@bradley.edu

Congressional Scholarship Award

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 nations 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 Institute, established in 1990, is run by The Fund for American Studies, a private nonprofit educational organization based in Washington, D.C.

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. The goal of the fellowship program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds, and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The program develops a source of trained men and women who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. Fellowships: The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study.

John Thurman Scholarship

Eligibility: Political Science and Public Administration Majors • Junior or Senior class level• Statement of Objectives to include your professional contributions and leadership consideration (first generation college student, or circumstances that present challenges to your pursuit of academic studies, etc.)• A professional resume GPA: 3.25

Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

Background: Number of awards: 2 Amount: $1,500 Renewable? No Established in memory of Matt Fong, former California state treasurer Eligibility Criteria: Grade level: Incoming sophomore, junior or senior at a four-year college or university Must be enrolled in California college or university Major: Accounting, political science, public policy, business administration or related fields Ethnic heritage: Asian (at least 50%) Minimum GPA: 3.0 Financial need Preference given to those with record of community service or volunteer work

Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility requirements: Legal residents of Delaware U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens High school seniors who rank in upper half of class and have a combined score of 1350 on the SAT Enroll full-time at the University of Delaware or Delaware State University Major in the humanities or social sciences. Preference will be given to political science majors. Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the application deadline. Award: Full tuition, fees, room, board, and books at the University of Delaware or Delaware State University Renewable for up to three additional years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 One award/year/school

Charles E. Merriam Award

The Merriam Award was established by the Association to recognize a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research. First presented in 1975, the award was revived in 1995 and is presented biennially. Charles Merriam's career exemplified a combination of innovative political and social science scholarship and practical service to the community and nation. The department he chaired in the 1920s-1940s set the agenda of the political science profession in the post World War II decades. He was the key figure in the founding of the Social Science Research Council, and chaired it in its first decades. His public service included membership in the Chicago City Council, and President Roosevelt's National Resources Planning Board, and the Committee on Administrative Management. Awarded Biennially

Rowman & Littlefield Award

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers proudly announces the tenth year of the Rowman & Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science. The award, which carries a $500 cash stipend, will be presented at the Honors Reception at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. The Innovative Teaching Award recognizes political scientists who have developed effective new approaches to teaching in the discipline. The award seeks to honor a wide range of new directions in teaching, not a particular new direction. Thus, in one year a professor might be chosen because of an innovative course syllabus; in another year a multimedia approach to reaching students might be chosen; in yet another the creator of a simulation or an educational data set might be recognized; and in yet another, the author of a text or monograph that changes the way in which a subject is taught might be tapped. The only limits on what will be recognized are the imagination and creativity of those teaching political science. The recipients of the award will be chosen by a five-person committee, chaired by L. Sandy Maisel, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government and Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College. Additional Committee Members will include the APSA Director of Education and Professional Development and three members of the association selected by APSA President Katznelson.

ISF-Ehsan Center Scholarship

ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-Ehsan Center scholarship of the Ehsan Center. The ISF-Ehsan Scholarship is only open to members and individuals affiliated with this center. Description and Eligibility: ISF accepts online applications once a year starting in December for a period of three months. Each Eligible Applicant Must Be: Muslim and active member of the Muslim Community; Attending an accredited university in the U.S.; Majoring in an ISF supported field of study; Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average; A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.; An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing.

Dr. W.D. Bill and Louise Moreland Memorial Scholarship

Recipients of the scholarship must be Political Science majors with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Should show strong leadership ability.

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