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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.

Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATIONS 1. To be eligible for consideration, the Applicant must be a currently enrolled full- time undergraduate student in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) at an accredited college or university (including online) in the United States or Canada. 2. The Applicant must be working towards a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following curricula: • Engineering/ Engineering Technology • Computer Science/MIS • Pre-law • Political Science • Telecommunications/Information Technology 3. The Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident or Canadian citizen. 4. Family members of active members of the ENTELEC Board of Directors are not eligible to apply

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

H. Owen Porter Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: • Political Science majors or Master of Public Administration students• Statement of Objectives to include your professional contributions and leadership qualities (first generation college student, or circumstances that present challenges to your pursuit of academic studies, etc.)• A professional resume GPA: 3.25

Ralph Bunche Award

The Ralph Bunche prize is awarded annually for the best scholarly work in political science which explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism. It carries a prize of $500.

Leo Strauss Award

The Leo Strauss prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of political philosophy. It carries a prize of $750. The Fund was developed by former students of Strauss who sought to recognize his extraordinary influence on generations of students and his contributions to the field of political philosophy. A former president of APSA, he was a major figure in the department of political science at the University of Chicago, where he taught from 1949 to 1967.

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.

The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate 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 Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds, 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 from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. 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.

Gabriel A. Almond Award

The Gabriel A. Almond prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of comparative politics. It carries a prize of $750. The award was created in recognition of Gabriel Almond's contributions to the discipline, profession, and Association. He was a long time faculty member at Stanford University and former APSA President (1966). Almond's scholarly work contributed directly to the development of theory in comparative politics and brought together work on the developing areas and Western Europe that prevented splintering into an array of disparate areas studies.

Nancy E. Smith Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student majoring in public administration or political science who intends to pursue a career in public service. The most recent award was $550.

David Kalb Award

The David Kalb Award was created by David Kalb ('76 Political Science), who served as President of Associated Students. This award is made to Political Science majors or to students who have taken an active role in student government. In addition, recipients must be full-time undergraduates enrolled for the entire academic year and must have a GPA of at least 2.5.

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