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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.

Gilbert G. Pompa Memorial Endowed Scholarship (Pre-Law)

Amount: $ 1,000 Criteria Must be enrolled at a accredited university or public / private college in the State of Texas Completed 90 credit hours before the fall semester All majors are eligible but students must be pursing a pre-law program and / or planning to attend law school Have and maintain a 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Provide one letter of recommendation from an educator familiar with your academic career Provide a resume of your community service activities Must maintain full-time enrollment status (12 hours if applicable) for the duration of the scholarship Preference will be given to female students of Hispanic descent

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

Political Leadership Scholarship

For students studying law, political science, public policy or public administration with the goal of improving rights for LGBT people.

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.

Congressional Research Grants

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States. The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant. What kind of research projects are eligible for consideration? The Center’s first interest is to fund the study of the leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate. Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. In addition, The Center invites proposals about congressional procedures, such as committee operation or mechanisms for institutional change, and Congress and the electoral process. The Center also encourages proposals that link Congress and congressional leadership with the creation, implementation, and oversight of public policy. Proposals must demonstrate that Congress, not the specific policy, is the central research interest. See website for more information.

Henry A Zuberano Scholarship

Requirements: Major in Political Science, International Relations, International Business or Public Administration. Be an undergraduate student.

Denton Scholarship Award

A gift from Leona Denton, wife of Earl A. Denton, Chicago '29, inaugurated the Denton Scholarship Award. The award annually entails an attractive plaque and grant to a graduating senior or current graduate student in the field of International Affairs with an emphasis in World Trade, Economics, Business, or Political Science.

Cox Newspaper Minority Journalism Scholarship

The scholarship is intended to provide total financial support for highly-motivated minority students (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, Native American and people of color) who are citizens for four years of study who wish to pursue a career in the newspaper industry. This scholarship is for four-years of study in any one of the following areas of study: Journalism, Mass Communications, Economics, English, Accounting, Political Science, History, Public Policy, Urban Studies, Advertising. Cox Enterprises Inc., a multi media company headquartered in Atlanta, offers a full paid, four year scholarship to high school seniors who will graduate from the metro school system served by one of the following newspapers: West Palm Beach Post (Florida), Austin-American Statesman (Texas), and Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia). Only one scholarship is offered each calendar year and only one newspaper is selected to administer the program.

Other Majors Scholarships

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

Business, Economics and Public Policy Scholarships

The Foundation focuses on Public Policy majors in order to foster leadership in public policy analysis and public management to promote effective public policy decisions on national and international issues. Public policy incorporates social, economic and political components of government decision making. With a degree in Public Policy and Administration, students can make decisions and influence policy that affects an organization, a community, a whole state or the entire nation. We believe that a strong understanding in policy analysis is crucial in order to design and carry out policies that positively impact the 21st century global economy. The scholarships support majors that educate students in the importance of the role of economic and political factors in public decision-making and policy formulation; microeconomic analysis of policy issues; resource allocation and decision modeling; cost/benefit analysis; statistical methods; and applications to specific public policy topics. The Foundation awards scholarships to applicants who are pursuing a degree in, or closely related to, one of the following disciplines: Business/Business Administration Finance/Economics Public Policy

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