Perhaps the founding fathers in the United States didn’t envision people building entire careers as politicians. Their main objective was to encourage regular, everyday men and women, business leaders to sacrifice a few years of their life to serve their fellow man.
Today, politics is big business. In order to excel in this field, students who pursue a political science degree are in a much better position to achieve success in the long run. For some students, political science scholarships can mean the difference between affording their college education at the school of their choice and having to settle for something else.
Why scholarships are so important.
Scholarships are awards that can be used to pay for a number of expenses associated with the college education. These can include tuition, books, supplies, room and board, and more. There are many different scholarships available to students from all walks of life and at many different colleges all across the United States.
When it comes to political science, there are many private and nonprofit organizations that also provide scholarship awards to students who have shown strong academic acumen, community support, and who take part in various extracurricular activities. Any student who is actively pursuing or plans to pursue a degree in political science may consider applying for any one (or even all) of these particular scholarships.
Alba George Watt Memorial Essay Contest
Alba (Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives) provides the George Watt Memorial Essay scholarship. This scholarship is available to graduate and undergraduate students who are attending school in the United States. The essay that needs to be submitted can vary from one year to the next. The next competition, with a deadline of August 1, 2016 is on any aspect of the Spanish Civil War. The focus should be on global political or cultural struggles against fascism during the 1920s and 1930s. Students can also submit an essay about histories or contributions of Americans who fought to support the Spanish Republic between 1936 and 1938.
Prizes of $500 will be awarded and two of them will be awarded next year. Students who are interested in learning more about this particular scholarship are encouraged to visit the website here.
APSA Minority Fellowship Program
This program was established in 1969 as a way to help minority scholars become more successful and be able to complete their doctoral political science program. It has helped more than 70 minority students through the years. One of the main focuses of this program in recent years is to not only assist minority students in completing their doctoral programs, but also in encouraging more minorities to apply for this scholarship and get involved in political science endeavors.
It’s also determined to help increase retention of these minority groups within the political science profession. To learn more about this particular scholarship opportunity, students are encouraged to visit the website here.
Bache Renshaw Fellowship
This scholarship will award two recipients $12,000 toward their doctoral study in an accredited four-year and postgraduate college or university in the United States. The main focus is to be on ideas, values, and institutions that are fundamentally important to American Western culture and tradition.
The application deadline for this particular scholarship is January 14, 2016. Anyone potentially interested in learning more about this particular fellowship are encouraged to visit the website here.
Davidson Fellows Scholarship
The deadline for awarding this particular scholarship fund is February 19, 2016. The award can vary, but the maximum scholarship is $50,000. Scholarships of $25,000 and $10,000 are also awarded. The Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program was established in 2001 and recognizes exceptional students.
Students who are eligible will be pursuing some type of degree in science, technology, mathematics, literature, music, philosophy, and other endeavors, including political science.
For any student who may be interested in this particular scholarship opportunity should visit the website here.
Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship
One scholarship is awarded every year in the amount of $1,000. Eligible students need to be in their junior or senior year at an accredited college or university in the United States. They need to be actively pursuing a major in either political science, government, history, or economics. This is a one-time award of $1,000.
That means a student will receive $1,000 for one single year, as opposed to an annual award. This scholarship is administered by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Interested candidates should visit the website here for more details.
Environmental Law Institute Research Internship
This is a nonprofit research and education center located in Washington, DC that focuses on supporting efforts for natural resource protection and pollution prevention. They provide an internship scholarship every year and the amount of financial support can vary. Also, the number of award recipients can vary from one year to the next.
They focus on land-use policy, public participation in environmental regulation, air quality measures, improving public health, focusing on wetlands, watershed policy, international environmental policy, and more. Applicants who are pursuing political science and who have a keen interest in environmental law and conservation are encouraged to apply for this particular scholarship.
Interested candidates can learn more by visiting the website here.
Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship
This scholarship awards $10,000 to a graduate student who will be a graduate student in the upcoming academic calendar year. The focus needs to be on improving the environment, including wilderness. The organization encourages topics of climate change.
Interested candidates are encouraged to learn more about this particular scholarship by visiting the website here.