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.
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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.
Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship
Any student in his/her sophomore year of study who is enrolled in a full-time four-year degree program in any accredited college or university, and whose parent. legal guardian, or financially responsible grandparent is an AFSCME member and who meets the following requirements is eligible to apply for the scholarship: a. The student must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above. b. The student must be a political science major.
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.
Harry S. Truman Scholarships
The Foundation expects to award 75 to 80 Truman Scholarships on the basis of merit to junior-level students at four-year colleges and universities who: - Have extensive records of public and community service; - Are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and; - Have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. In addition, up to three residents of Puerto Rico and the Islands with senior-level academic standing will be selected. Scholars are eligible to receive $3,000 for the senior year of undergraduate education and $27,000 for graduate studies. Scholars in master's degree programs planning to receive degrees in one or two years are eligible to receive $13,500 per year. Scholars in law programs are eligible to receive $13,500 at the start of the third year's second semester if they provide evidence that they will enter public service upon graduation or upon completion of any judicial clerkships after graduation. Scholars in graduate programs requiring three or more years of academic study are eligible to receive $9,000 per year for a maximum of three years. Scholars may attend graduate or professional schools in the United States or in foreign countries. One state scholarship will be available to a qualified resident nominee in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, the Islands: Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (Residency is generally determined by home address for school registration, family's primary residence, and voter registration.) The Foundation will select up to 35 at-large Scholars. Each nominee must be: - A full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree during the upcoming academic year. Junior here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree or a student in his or third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the upcoming academic year, - Enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education, - Committed to a career in public service as defined above, - In the upper quarter of his or her class, and - A United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible. Selection Procedures: A committee examines all nominations and selects about 200 Finalists to be interviewed for Truman Scholarships. Finalists are selected on the basis of: - extent and quality of community service and government involvement; - leadership record; - academic performance and writing and analytical skills, and; - suitability of the nominees's proposed program of study for a career in public service. Priority is given to candidates proposing to enroll in graduate and professional programs specifically oriented to careers in public service. These include law programs and master's and doctorate programs in public administration, public policy analysis, public health, international relations, government, economics, social services delivery, education and human resource development, and conservation and environmental protection.
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.
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.
Ameen Rihani Scholarship
EligibilityIndividuals are eligible to be nominated as recipients of the ARS if they: * are of Lebanese or other Arab descent; * are citizens/legal permanent residents of the United States; * have attained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale; * will enter a college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking freshman in the fall of the year (students who are already in college are not eligible for an ARS award); * have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities. Teachers, counselors, and principals are invited to nominate students with outstanding academic qualifications, particularly those who would promote success in the fields of literature, philosophy, or political science. Nominators should review ARS eligibility requirements and are asked to only nominate eligible students.
Andrew Keenan Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Pre-Law Graduates
Eligibility for this scholarship shall be in accordance with the Andrew Keenan Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Pre-law and Political Science Graduates Selection Standards.
Charles H. and Nita M. Landrum Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships are for junior and senior students majoring in History and Political Science. In even years, the scholarship will be presented to a History major; in odd years, the scholarship will be presented to a Political Science major. Students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and show strong leadership ability.
Dr. Don B. Slechta Excellence in Political Science Scholarship
Any junior or senior Political Science major with a 3.25 GPA or higher and a record of service to the department and the university may apply.
Dr. W.D. Bill and Louise Moreland Memorial Scholarship
Recipients of the scholarship must be Political Science majors with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Should show strong leadership ability.
Freshman Political Science Scholarship
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- American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship Program.
- Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship.
- Hsiao Memorial Social Sciences Scholarship.
- The Beinecke Scholarship Program.
- Scholarships360 $1,000 No-Essay Scholarship.
- $2,000 Nitro College Scholarship – No Essay.
- Niche $50,000 “No Essay” Scholarship.
- $40,000 BigFuture Scholarships.
- $2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship.
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Many colleges and scholarship providers look at your unweighted GPA. Scholarship providers usually ask for GPA between 3.5 to 4.0 to attract high achieving students.
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You can win a Fulbright with an average GPA
Update: Fulbright now requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Unweighted 4.0 GPA Scale
Essentially, the highest GPA you can earn is a 4.0, which indicates an A average in all of your classes. A 3.0 would indicate a B average, a 2.0 a C average, a 1.0 a D, and a 0.0 an F. This scale does not take the levels of your courses into account.
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One good place to look for scholarships is on the Financial Aid Finder Scholarship Announcement Blog. Every Friday, the site lists several scholarship opportunities with upcoming deadlines. Nearly all of the scholarships are nationwide opportunities, so you should be eligible for many, if not most, of them.
No essay scholarship is an easy scholarship to apply for and requires no written essay. Unlike loans, you do not need to pay back a scholarship, whether it requires an essay or not. You don't usually have to write a long personal statement.
To qualify for half to full tuition scholarships, students must have at least a score of 33 on the ACT or a 1450 on the SAT and a 3.5 GPA. The merit scholarship guarantee's priority deadline for admission is December 1.
When do I apply for scholarships? That depends on each scholarship's deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you're in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years.
The short answer is that you should aim for an SAT score between 1200 and 1600 if you want to secure some scholarships based on merit–and the higher within that range you score the more money you're looking at.