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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.

Clara Colt Endowment

Recipients of this scholarship are to be selected by the department of History/Political Science.

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

Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship

Any student in his/her sophomore year of study who is enrolled in a full-time four-year degree program in any accredited college or university, and whose parent. legal guardian, or financially responsible grandparent is an AFSCME member and who meets the following requirements is eligible to apply for the scholarship: a. The student must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above. b. The student must be a political science major.

George Aratani/Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship

Criteria: 1. Must demonstrate interest in political policy. 2. Must demonstrate commitment to public policy issues and Asian Pacific Islander American community. 3. Must have a bachelors degree. 4. Must have a 3.0 GPA. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://apaics.org/apaics_fellow.html for more information and an application form.

Minority Identification Project

APSA established the Minority Identification (MID) Project as part of its efforts to diversify the political science profession. In collaboration with undergraduate and graduate political science departments, the MID Project seeks to identify talented undergraduate minorities interested in being recruited to doctoral programs. How Does It Work? APSA maintains a database of African-American, Latino/Latina, Native-American, and Asian-American undergraduates who have been identified as possible candidates for graduate study in political science. Recruiters from the nation's top graduate political science programs receive this database every spring to actively recruit listed students. Undergraduate departments can identify students, or undergraduate students themselves can request that their advisor submit their names to the database. The database is updated annually so that only currently eligible students are displayed to recruiters. For Departments and Faculty: Department faculty should identify promising minority students and submit those interested in a graduate education in political science to the APSA MID database. Only current sophomore and junior year students may be entered into the database. To learn more go to How to Submit Names to the MID Database. For Interested Students: Interested sophomore and junior minority students should contact their undergraduate advisor and ask that their name be submitted to the MID database.

James Madison Award and Lectureship

The James Madison Award recognizes an American political scientist who has made a distinguished scholarly contribution to political science. Awarded triennially.

Marjorie M. Shostak Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in international business, economics or political science. 2. Must be a sophomore, junior or senior. 3. Must be an undergraduate student. 4. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 5. Must be a United States citizen or resident. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.wit-la.org for more information and an application form.

AFSCME/UNCF/Harvard University LWP Union Scholars Program

The future is in the hands of those with the ability and desire to change the world. People like you. That is why we are co-sponsoring the AFSCME/UNCF/Harvard University LWP Union Scholars Program. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), has joined with Harvard University and UNCF to let those of you who qualify experience what it is like to be part of the labor movement. You can work on the front lines of a real union organizing campaign, where you will talk to workers about gaining a voice on the job, fair wages and benefits for themselves and their families ...by joining a union. You will get an opportunity to do the day-to-day work of outreach to workers by phone and on home visits, campaign research and material development. But the best part is that you will have a chance to make a difference in the lives of people. Plus, you will receive scholarship funding as well as have a real world experience that may help you see what lies in your future. Valid Driver's License required. Program Requirements: - 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale - College Sophomore or College Junior - Eligible Majors*: American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, English, Ethnic Studies, History, Labor Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Women's Studies - Attend a 4 year College/University - Student Application (includes Trancript and Resume) and a Recommendation Form ETHNICITY: African American, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges

Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

One or more fellowships will be awarded for an academic year (nine or ten months) in residence at the Society's library. Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply. The purpose of the fellowships is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society's library collections and programmatic scope - that is, American history and culture through 1876 - is eligible. Applicants may come from such fields as history, music history, and other relating to America in the period of the Society's coverage. The fellow is obliged to give first refusal on the resulting manuscript to a new book series published jointly by Cambridge University Press and AAS.

Bill Hunsberger Scholarship Fund

William W. Hunsberger, publisher of The Clarion-Ledger newspaper and a board member of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, died of a heart attack in 2004. In his honor, his family and friends established the Bill Hunsberger Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students studying the programs at the universities attended by his three daughters. The award rotates annually among a journalism major at the University of Southern Mississippi, a journalism major at the University of Mississippi, and a political science major involved with student media at Mississippi State University. Applicants must be full-time, female students entering their junior or senior years of study.

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