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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.

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

The Michael Shallo Prize

The award is given by the Political Science Faculty to the student or students judged most proficient in political science.

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.

Floyd and Florence E. Turner Memorial Scholarship

Student must be a full-time student, sophomore or higher at the time of application. Must take a minimum of four classes in Political Science in the current year and planning to attend Graduate School.

Susan K. & Douglas E. Dodge Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:•Applicant must be a graduating senior of Reed City or Shepherd Community Schools. •Demonstrate academic ability with a minimum 3.25 GPA.•Demonstrate positive attitude toward school and community.•Demonstrate strong community involvement and volunteerism.•Have an interest in pursuing a career in public service (i.e. careers in the fields of education, health care, social services, ministry or political science)

Harry S Truman Scholarship

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.

R.L. DeLorme Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in political science. 2. Must be a junior or returning student. 3. Must be an undergraduate student. 4. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 5. Students must have a letter of application explaining why the student is majoring in Political Science and outlining his or her career plans. 6. Two letters of recommendation from Political Science professors are also required. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Administrative Support Coordinator of Political Science at ((562) 985-4705) for more information and an application form.

HORIZONS Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements 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. Selection Criteria 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

C-SPAN Scholarship Program

Scholarship Value: $2,000 Classifications: Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Communications, Journalism, Political Science, English, History Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: This program offers a paid summer internship and scholarship in the amount of $2,000. In addition to majors listed above, students can also major in the field of Radio/TV/Film. Donor/Sponsor Name: C-SPAN

Helen Dwight Reid Award

The Helen Dwight Reid prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of international relations, law, and politics. The award is supported by the Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation. It carries a prize of $750.

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