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Political Science Scholarships

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Seeking a career in political science and wondering how to pay for your education? Political science is a major that can be used in so many different careers, including law, journalism, public administration, business, and education. Many students enjoy the competitive nature, political drama, and excitement the political science field has to offer as a career. That is why so many colleges and universities offer scholarships through their political science department. Not only is the field exciting, students need to be able to find ways to fund their education.

Scholarships are a great supplement to a student’s financial aid package, and should never be overlooked. Although it is recommended political science students seek scholarships through their department of study first, they should also consider general scholarships through the financial aid office. In addition, some associations and organizations offer political science scholarships that should be considered. These awards can be found by using the Internet.

Who Offers Free Money for Political Science Students

A scholarship is ‘free money’ given to qualifying students to help pay for college expenses. Most colleges and universities offer general scholarships based on merit and/or financial need through the school’s financial aid office. Before seeking general scholarships, students should speak with political science department staff to discover what scholarships are available specific to their area of concentration.

Here are examples of political science scholarships:

At Grand Valley State University in Michigan the Department of Political Science offers the Dr. John T. Batchelder Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to political science majors in their junior or senior year. A one-page essay is required for consideration. Award amount is $1,000.

At Sam Houston State University, political science students have a variety of scholarships to consider which are offered through the Department of Political Science. Some examples include the Judge John Martin Scholarship which is awarded to political science students residing in specific counties: Polk, Trinity, Montgomery, or San Jacinto. Award includes full tuition and fees for an entire semester. The Political Science Scholarship is awarded to political science students for a full semester. Award amounts vary. The James Ellison Kirkley Scholarship is dedicated to juniors and seniors majoring in one of several fields including political science. Preference is given to outstanding students with high academic achievements.

The University of Montana—Missoula offers several scholarships specific to political science majors through the Political Science department.


  • Maud & Grover Waldron Scholarship—this scholarship is awarded to junior and senior level students. Preference is given to students pursuing careers in state or local government. Award amount is $700.

  • Anthony Allen Newberry Scholarship—this scholarship is awarded to political science students demonstrating outstanding academic achievements. Career interest should lie in international studies. Award amount is $500.

  • Susan K. Grebeldinger Scholarship—this scholarship is awarded to political science majors or minors looking to pursue a career in legal studies. Law students and other professional students are not eligible. Award amount is $1,000.

In Tennessee, Austin Peay State University provides political science students with several scholarships. Two particular scholarships are: Truman Hester Memorial Scholarship—this is a merit-based scholarship awarded to political science students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of study. Award amount varies; and, the Williamson-Kanerve Scholarship—this scholarship is awarded to political science or journalism students demonstrating outstanding academic achievements. Award amount is $500.

Other Scholarships

Some associations also offer political science scholarships to qualifying students. The Daughters of the American Revolution National Society offer the Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship to junior and senior political science students who are enrolled full-time at an accredited institution. This scholarship is nonrenewable. The award amount is $1,000.

C-SPAN Scholarship—this scholarship is administered in conjunction with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). It is awarded to college students majoring in various fields including political science. Award is only available to African American students.

Tips to Remember about Political Science Scholarships

  • Check the political science department where you are attending school for all possible scholarship opportunities.
  • Speak with financial aid staff for scholarships and grants offered through federal and state aid.
  • Research by using the Internet. Some associations who encourage students to pursue careers in political science offer scholarships to help pay for college expenses.

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